Modifications to Firearms

New provisions in the Arms Act 1983 came into force on 12 April 2019 prohibiting certain firearms, and some shotguns, magazines and parts. Some prohibited firearms can be modified to be non-prohibited.

Firearms that can be modified

Some firearms with non-detachable tubular magazines are able to be modified (to permanently reduce the magazine capacity so that the firearm is no longer a prohibited firearm), including:

• Semi-automatic firearms capable of firing only 0.22 calibre or lower rimfire cartridges, with a non-detachable tubular magazine capable of holding more than 10 rounds.
• Centrefire firearms that do not have a semi-automatic action and have a non-detachable tubular magazine capable of holding more than 10 rounds.
• Semi-automatic shotguns with a non-detachable tubular magazine capable of holding more than 5 cartridges.
• A pump-action shotgun with a non-detachable tubular magazine capable of holding more than 5 cartridges.

Owners of some bolt-action, lever-action and pump-action firearms may not realise that, while firearms with those actions are not prohibited, the non-detachable magazine may be prohibited due to the number of rounds it holds. These include:

• Shotguns with a non-detachable tubular magazine capable of holding more than 5 cartridges.
• Other firearms with non-detachable tubular magazines capable of holding more than 10 cartridges.

Contact the police either by phone ( 0800 311 311 ) or via this link to notify of your intention to get your firearm modified to comply with the new act and to receive your SAP notification number.

Once you have received your SAP notification number, please contact me to arrange a time to discuss your requirements.