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Section 63 Firearms Act 1996
Converting Firearms

Section 63 of the Firearms Act 1996 is Converting Firearms and is extracted below.

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The Legislation

(cf 1989 Act s 15)

(1) A person must not shorten a firearm so as to convert it into a pistol unless a licence or permit has been issued to the person authorising possession of the pistol.

Maximum penalty: imprisonment for 14 years.

Note : Reference to a pistol includes a prohibited pistol.

(1A) A person must not, unless authorised to do so by a permit, alter the construction or action of a pistol that is not a prohibited pistol so as to convert it into a prohibited pistol.

Maximum penalty: imprisonment for 14 years.

(2) A person must not, unless authorised to do so by a permit, alter the construction or action of a prohibited firearm so as to convert it into a firearm that is not a prohibited firearm.

Maximum penalty: imprisonment for 14 years.

(3) A person must not, unless authorised to do so by a permit, alter the construction or action of a firearm that is not a prohibited firearm so as to convert it into a prohibited firearm.

Maximum penalty: imprisonment for 14 years.

(4) A person must not provide another person with any information or thing that the person knows, or could reasonably be expected to know, is to be used for the purpose of altering the construction or action of a firearm if the other person is not authorised by a licence or permit to possess a firearm of the kind to which it is capable of being so altered.

Maximum penalty: imprisonment for 14 years.

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