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If the police find you in possession of an illegal firearm or weapon you may find yourself facing serious criminal charges.


Offences involving firearms are covered under the Firearms Act 1996. There are offences for illegally possessing a firearm and also offences for improper handling and storage of a firearm even if you are licensed and registered to hold it.

There are some exceptions relating to the possession of antique firearms.

Prohibited Weapons

A large number of weapons are prohibited under the Weapons Prohibition Act 1998. The full list of prohibited weapons can be found within Schedule One of that Act.

Offensive Implements

Even if a weapon is not a firearm or a prohibited weapon the possession of it may still be illegal under Section 11B of the Summary Offences Act 1988. This law makes it an offence to be in possession of anything ‘made or adapted to cause injury to someone’ or anything the person possessing it ‘intends to use it to injure or menace a person or damage property’.

If you have been arrested or charged for any firearms or weapons offences you should contact us for expert advice immediately. At Marsh Blom Lawyers we are former prosecutors and we have prosecuted countless firearms or weapons offences. We know the law, the cases, and the defences to firearms or weapons offences. Your first consultation is free and we offer fixed fees for most of our services.