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Old 23rd May 2015, 02:29 AM
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Originally Posted by JasonGoldsmith66 View Post
Received following. Thanked Adam, but stated, the FOI minutes are still mail them please ...


" I would like to explain that the situation is:

Under section 5(1)(ab) of the Firearms Act 1968 (as amended), all self-loading or pump-action rifled guns are classified as prohibited other than those which are chambered for .22 rim-fire cartridges. You will note that there is no exemption in this provision for air rifles/weapons.

The Home Office Circular (HOC) 68/97 was intended as a guide to cover those persons then (in 1997) in possession of such weapons. In the event, no changes were made to the legislation to accommodate current sales and the situation remains as set out above.

I hope that this is helpful.

Yours sincerely,


Adam Lassman
Drugs and Firearms Licensing Unit
Crime and Policing Group
5th Floor, Fry Building
2 Marsham Street
SW1P 4DF "

I asked Mr Lassman if the CPS guidance is still valid or has it been superseded. The answer: -

"The CPS link is still valid and has not been superseded."

He then follows this with: -

"The HO guidance does not mention semi-automatic air rifles specifically, but this is implicit whenever the
guidance mentions air rifles.
A semi-automatic air rifle which has an energy rating of under 12 foot lbs does not need to be on a
I hope that this helps.

Given Mr Lassman's statement that "A semi-automatic air rifle which has an energy rating of under 12 foot lbs does not need to be on a
certificate", how can they be classed as prohibited, because if prohibited, to own one, one would need a s5 certificate?

The CPS guidance: -

Go to > Definitions of Air weapons > Air weapons

Paintball guns are a type of air weapon. The Home Office regard self-loading or pump action rifled airguns (including paintball guns) as outside the scope of the Firearms Act, unless they are sufficiently powerful to fall within the category of a "specially dangerous" air weapon (Archbold 24.8a). Paintball guns could be considered imitation firearms.

Unless an air weapon falls within one of the above exceptions, it is not subject to section 1 Firearms Act 1968."

Too tired to add anything else.


Last edited by Cam; 23rd May 2015 at 02:53 AM.