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Firearms: Ex-Prisoners

Volume 693: debated on Thursday 28 June 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether any ex-prisoners have been granted firearms certificates for high velocity rifles for sporting purposes or other use; if so, how many ex-prisoners have been granted such licences; and whether the Government will provide their names. [HL4408]

Section 21 of the Firearms Act 1968 restricts the possession of firearms by certain categories of persons imprisoned following conviction. Those sentenced to a term of imprisonment of three years or more are not allowed to possess firearms and those sentenced to a term of three months or more, but less than three years, must not possess firearms until five years after the date of release. Information is not held centrally about persons who have been granted firearm certificates.