New Clause 47 — Certain Firearms Offences to be Triable Only on Indictment

Criminal Justice Bill — [3rd Alloted Day] – in the House of Commons at 3:54 pm on 20th May 2003.

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'In Part 1 of Schedule 6 to the Firearms Act 1968 (c. 27) (prosecution and punishment of offences) for the entries relating to offences under section 5(1) (possessing or distributing prohibited weapons or ammunition) and section 5(1A) (possessing or distributing other prohibited weapons) there is substituted—

"Section 5(1)(a), (ab), (aba), (ac), (ad), (ae) or (c) Possessing or distributing prohibited weapons or ammunition. On indictment 10 years or a fine, or both.
Section 5(1)(b) Possessing or distributing prohibited weapon designed for discharge of noxious liquid etc. (a) Summary (b) Onindictment 6 months or a fine of the statutory maximum, or both 10 years or a fine, or both.
Section 5(1A)(a) Possessing or distributing firearm disguised as other object. On indictment 10 years or a fine, or both.
Section 5(1A)(b), (c), (d), (e), (f) or (g) Possessing or distributing other prohibited weapons. (a) Summary (b) On indictment 6 months or a fine of the statutory maximum, or both 10 years or a fine, or both.".'—

[Paul Goggins.]

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