Londoner arrested for walking round Camden with airsoft Uzi

23 June 2016 – A man was arrested in Camden, north London, on Monday on suspicion of having an airsoft Uzi in a public place without a reasonable excuse.

The Evening Standard reports that the 51-yr-old man was arrested at about 7am after being seen walking down Camden High Street with the “replica” Uzi, which was painted blue in parts, hung from his shoulder.

From details given by the police to the paper, it appears that the Uzi was actually an airsoft BB gun.

It is not a blanket criminal offence to have a replica or imitation firearm in a public place – as made clear in section 19 of the Firearms Act 1968, as amended – but the accused must show “lawful authority or reasonable excuse (the proof whereof lies on him)” for doing so.

Presumably, as one cannot have lawful authority for possessing a thing which doesn’t need a licence or prior permission to have in public, the arrested man was unable to give a reasonable excuse to the firearms cops who showed up to arrest him – though he may yet present one in court, if it gets that far.

The blue colouring is to comply with section 38 of the Violent Crime Reduction Act 2006, which states that replica firearms (including airsoft guns) sold to people who aren’t members of an airsoft site must have at least 50% of them painted a specified bright colour. The Wolf Armouries airsoft shop has a plain English guide to all of this.

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4 thoughts on “Londoner arrested for walking round Camden with airsoft Uzi

  1. Andy J

    51 or 5.1 years old? Obviously has the brains of a half-developed gnat.
    It’s all changed a bit since my childhood days playing war games in our street in south London with my mates and genuine Martini Henry and Mauser 98.

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  2. Paul

    I remember with fondness the time when I would get on a bus to go to the range with a Lee Enfield over my shoulder and no one batted an eye. I also remember, much to my shame, being as jealous as heck, as a ten year old, because some kind uncle gave my best friend a 22 Hornet bolt action rifle and ten rounds of ammunition. It was pre 1968, but it made my single shot .22lr cyclists pistol look somewhat anaemic. Oh’ those were the days – ten year olds with firearms – strange though – the only things that got shot were rats and rabbits!

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  3. tim

    As a youngster in the cadet force, we had no vehicle, so we all got on the bus with Enfield’s and Bren’s to conduct exercises in the park. The biggest comments were “have fun” and “careful son, you’ll have someone’s eye out with that. Nowadays you would be mown down in a hail of 9mm.

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  4. Jerry

    It must be embarrassing for any police officers who have such memories of Freedom, to have their mates make such an arrest as this.

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