From the HO to me 30 April 2015
From: Lassman Adam [Adam.Lassman@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk]
Sent: 30 April 2015 13:32
Subject: FW: Semi Automatic sub 12 foot pound energy air rifles.
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Dear Mr Grant,
The CPS link is still valid and has not been superseded.
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.
From the HO subsequently: -
" 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 pumpaction
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
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.
Drugs and Firearms Licensing Unit
Crime and Policing Group
5th Floor, Fry Building
2 Marsham Street
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