Prohibited Weapons

​There are many types of firearms, especially those designed for military use, that have no place in the sporting field or hobby of shooting and others, for instance some hand guns, which have been brought into the prohibited category by Acts of Parliament. All of the following weapons and ammunition are prohibited:

Section 5 (1)

1. any firearm which is so designed or adapted that two or more missiles can be successively discharged without repeated pressure on the trigger.

(1.1) any self-loading or pump-action rifled gun other than one which is chambered for .22 rim-fire cartridges.

(1.2) any firearm which either has a barrel less than 30cm in length or is less than 60cm in length overall, other than an air weapon, a muzzle-loading gun or a firearm designed as signalling apparatus.

(1.3) any self-loading or pump-action smooth bore gun which is not an air weapon or chambered for .22 rim-fire cartridges and either has a barrel less than 24 inches in length or is less than 40 inches in length overall.

(1.4) any smooth bore revolver gun other than one which is chambered for 9mm rim-fire cartridges or a muzzle-loading gun.

(1.5) any rocket launcher, or any mortar, for projecting a stabilised missile, other than a launcher or mortar designed for line throwing or pyrotechnic purposes or as signalling apparatus.

(1.6) any air rifle, airgun or air pistol which uses, or is designed or adapted for use with, a self-contained gas cartridge system.

2. any weapon of whatever description designed or adapted for the discharge of any noxious liquid, gas or other thing.

3. any cartridge with a bullet so designed to explode on or immediately before impact, any ammunition containing or designed or adapted to contain any such noxious thing as is mentioned in paragraph (2) above and, if capable of being used with a firearm of any description, any grenade, bomb or other like missile, or rocket or shell designed to explode as aforesaid.

Section 5 (1A)

1. any firearm which is disguised as another object (e.g. walking stick).

2. any rocket or ammunition not falling within paragraph (3) of subsection (1) of this section which consists in or incorporates a missile designed to explode on or immediately before impact and is for military use.

3. any launcher or other projecting apparatus not falling within paragraph (1.5) of that subsection which is designed to be used with any rocket or ammunition falling within paragraph (2) above or with ammunition which would fall within that paragraph but for its being ammunition falling within paragraph (3) of that subsection.

4. any ammunition for military use which consists in or incorporates a missile designed so that a substance contained in the missile will ignite on or immediately before impact.

5. any ammunition for military use which consists in or incorporates a missile designed, on account of its having a jacket and hard core, to penetrate armour plating, armour screening or body armour.

6. any ammunition which incorporates a missile designed or adapted to expand on impact.

7. anything which is designed to be projected as a missile from any weapon and is designed to be, or has been, incorporated in:

(7.1) any ammunition falling within any of the preceding paragraphs; or

(7.2) any ammunition which would fall within any of those paragraphs but for its being specified in subsection (1) of this section.
 
In England and Wales, the Home Secretary is responsible for granting authorities to manufacture, sell, transfer, purchase, acquire or possess prohibited weapons and ammunition.

 

Applicants should write to:

Firearms Section (5th Floor),
Public Order & Police Co-operation Unit,
Home Office,
2 Marsham Street,
London,
SW1P 4DF