Government takes forward Law Commission recommendations on firearms

Today the Government laid before Parliament our recommendations for reform of firearms law in the Policing and Crime Bill. Part 6 of the Bill contains recommendations we made in our recent report, Firearms Law – Reforms to Addressing Pressing Problems. Law Commissioner for Criminal Law, Professor David Ormerod QC said:

“I am delighted that our recommendations have been adopted so swiftly, which is an endorsement of the rigorous consultation process we undertook. Should they be enacted, these clauses will remedy issues that have undermined the effectiveness of the law for decades. They will ensure public safety is maintained while maximising clarity for those who both enforce the law and rely upon it for their hobbies and livelihoods.”