Firearms (Amendment) Act 1997

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Firearms (Amendment) Act 1997
Long title An Act to amend the Firearms Acts 1968 to 1992; to make provision in relation to the licensing and regulation of pistol clubs; to make further provision for regulating the possession of, and transactions relating to, firearms and ammunition; and for connected purposes.
Chapter 5
Territorial extent England and Wales; Scotland
Dates
Royal Assent 27 February 1997
Other legislation
Amendments Firearms (Amendment) (No. 2) Act 1997
Related legislation Firearms Act 1968; Firearms (Amendment) Act 1988; Firearms (Amendment) Act 1992
Status: Amended
Text of statute as originally enacted
Text of the Firearms (Amendment) Act 1997 as in force today (including any amendments) within the United Kingdom, from the UK Statute Law Database
Revised text of statute as amended

The Firearms (Amendment) Act 1997 was introduced by the Conservative Government of John Major following the Dunblane Massacre.

It effectively banned the possession of all handguns other than those chambered for .22 Rim-fire cartridges by civilians in most of the United Kingdom by making them subject to Section Five (Prohibited Weapons) of the Firearms Acts.

Tony Blair's Labour Government followed later in the year with the Firearms (Amendment) (No. 2) Act 1997 which banned .22 handguns.

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