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Firearms Act 1968

Volume 976: debated on Wednesday 16 January 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will bring forward amendments to the Firearms Act 1968 to provide stricter criteria for the granting or renewal of shotgun certificates and to give chief officers of police the right to refuse such certificates.

Section 28(1) of the Firearms Act 1968 already authorises chief officers of police to refuse the issue of a shotgun certificate in certain circumstances. I have no immediate plans to introduce amending legislation.