Firearms Act is a stock short title used for legislation in Canada, Hong Kong, Jamaica, and the United Kingdom. This list includes not only Firearms Acts as such, but legislation of different names governing firearms and also other weapons.
- The Firearms and Ammunition Ordinance 1981
Many laws governing possession and use of firearms have been passed over the years in the UK and the countries comprising the union; there is a historical discussion at Gun politics in the United Kingdom#Gun control legislation in the United Kingdom
- The English Assizes of Arms of 1181 and 1252 governed arms, but predated firearms
- The 1508 act forbidding the use of guns or crossbows without Royal Letters Patent
- The 1515 "Acte Avoidyng Shoting in Crossebowes and Gonnes"
- The 1542 Act introducing hunting licenses
- The 1549 Act forbidding the shooting of birdshot
- The Bill of Rights 1689, England
- The Disarming Acts of 1716 and 1725, Great Britain Act applicable explicitly to the Highlands of Scotland
- The Act of Proscription 1746, essentially a restatement with harsher penalties of the Disarming Acts
- The Vagrancy Act 1824 providing power to arrest "... armed with any Gun, Pistol, Hanger, Cutlass, Bludgeon, or other offensive Weapon, or having upon him or her any Instrument, with Intent to commit any felonious Act;"
- The Night Poaching Act 1828
- The Game Act 1831
- The Night Poaching Act 1844
- The Poaching Prevention Act 1862
- The Gun Licence Act (1870)
- The Pistols Act 1903
- The Firearms Act 1920 (10 & 11 Geo 5 c 43)
- The Firearms and Imitation Firearms (Criminal Use) Act 1933 (23 & 24 Geo 5 c 50)
- The Firearms Act 1934 (24 & 25 Geo 5 c 16)
- The Firearms (Amendment) Act 1936 (26 Geo 5 & 1 Edw 8 c 39)
- The Firearms Act 1937 (1 Edw 8 & 1 Geo 6 c 12)
- The Firearms Act 1965 (c 44)
- The Firearms Act 1968
- The Firearms Act 1969
- The Firearms Act 1982
- The Crossbows Act 1987
- The Firearms (Amendment) Act 1988
- The Firearms (Amendment) Act 1992
- The Firearms (Amendment) Act 1993
- The Firearms (Amendment) Act 1994
- The Firearms (Amendment) Act 1997
- The Firearms (Amendment) (No. 2) Act 1997
- The Violent Crime Reduction Act 2006 Part 2
United States of America
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English legislation prior to 1776 is relevant in the United States, except as repealed and modified by US law. The 1791 Second Amendment to the United States Constitution protects the right to keep and bear arms, and was based partially on the right to bear arms in English common-law, and influenced by the English Bill of Rights of 1689. The text of the amendment is "A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed." There has been much debate and controversy about the precise scope and meaning of the amendment, and federal and state legislation has been passed.
- The Weapons Act 1990, Queensland, Australia
- German Weapons Act
- The Arms Act 1959, India
- The Arms Act 1983, New Zealand
- The Roberti-Roos Assault Weapons Control Act of 1989, California, USA
- Warlow, Tom A. (1996). Firearms, the Law, and Forensic Ballistics. Taylor & Francis. pp. 11–12. ISBN 978-0-7484-0432-2.
- "An Act for the Punishment of idle and disorderly Persons, and Rogues and Vagabonds, in that Part of Great Britain called England". June 21, 1824. p. 698.
- The Firearms Act 1965, sections 10(1) and 11(2)