Conversion Not to Affect Classification

Orders of the Day — Firearms (Amendment) Bill – in the House of Commons at 8:45 pm on 23rd May 1988.

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'(1) Any weapon which has at any time (whether before or after the passing of this Act) been a weapon of a kind described in section 5(1) of the principal Act as amended by or under section 1 above shall be treated as a prohibited weapon notwithstanding anything done for the purpose of converting it into a weapon of a different kind.

(2) Any weapon which—

  1. (a) has at any time since the coming into force of section 2 above been a weapon to which section 1 of the principal Act applies; or
  2. (b) would at any previous time have been such a weapon ifthose sections had then been in force,
shall, if it has, or at any time has had, a barrel less than 24 inches in length, be treated as a weapon to which section 1 of the principal Act applies notwithstanding anything done for the purpose of converting it into a shot gun or an air weapon.'.—[Mr. Stanley.]

Brought up, read the First and Second time, and added to the Bill.

Photo of Mr Michael Colvin Mr Michael Colvin , Romsey and Waterside

On a point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker. Bearing in mind the background of the 1968 Act, there are no copies in the Vote Office. I have the only copy, which I obtained from the Library. I raise that point of order so that my hon. Friends may know where to find it.