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What is a firearm?

'Firearm' means a lethal barrelled weapon of any description from which any shot, bullet or other missile can be discharged. The definition of 'firearm' extends to certain imitation firearms and to prohibited weapons such as smooth bore revolvers.

Firearms Certificate Section 1 Good Reason for Possession of Firearms- grant or renewal

Section 27(1) of the Firearms Act 1968 (as amended) provides that a chief officer of police shall grant or renew a firearm certificate if he is satisfied that the applicant is fit to be entrusted, that he has a good reason to possess/purchase/acquire the firearm or ammunition of which the application is made and is not a danger to public safety or to the peace.

Remember, unlike a shotgun, you cannot lend or borrow firearms. You must hold the authority for a particular weapon, on your firearm certificate, in order to have it in your possession.