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FIREARMS ACT, 1934
An Act to amend the Firearms Act, 1920, as to the
age of persons who may purchase firearms or to whom firearms may be
sold; and to alter the definition of firearms in the said Act.
[17th May 1934]
Be it enacted by the King's most Excellent Majesty, by and with
the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and
Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority
of the same, as follows:-
- The following subsections shall be substituted for
subsection (1) of section three of the Firearms Act, 1920, that is
- "(1A) A person under the age of seventeen years shall not
purchase or hire a firearm or ammunition, and a person shall not
sell or let for hire a firearm or ammunition to any person whom he
knows or has reasonable ground for believing to be under the age of
- (1B) A person under the age of fourteen years shall not have in
his possession, use or carry a firearm or ammunition, and a person
shall not give, lend, transfer or part with the possession of a
firearm or ammunition to a person whom he knows or has reasonable
ground for believing to be under the age of fourteen years."
- Notwithstanding anything in the proviso to the
definition of the expression "firearm" contained in subsection (1)
of section twelve of the said Act, a smooth bore shot gun or air
gun or air rifle and ammunition therfor shall if the gun or rifle
is a lethal weapon be deemed to be a firearm and ammunition for the
purpose of subsection (1A) of the said section three; and
accordingly the said proviso shall be amended by inserting after
the words "provisions of this Act other than" the words "those of
subsection (1A) of section three or".
- Subsection (2) of section twelve of the said Act
shall be amended by inserting after the words "provisions of this
Act" the words "(other than those of subsection (1A) of section
- This Act may be cited as the Firearms Act,
- This Act shall not extend to Northern Ireland.
- Transcription by Norman Basset.