The House of Lords has published the latest amendments to the Policing and Crime Bill – including a number of firearms updates.
Baroness Williams, the Conservative peer, has put them forward, meaning they have government support.
- Implementing the obsolete calibre list for antique firearms, proposed by the Home Office a while ago
- Changes to the bureaucracy around expanding bullets
- Automatic extension of expired certificates for 8 weeks, if police haven’t issued a new one
The changes to expanding ammunition are that instead of the blanket “ban” (which is immediately set aside in practice for live quarry shooters), the ban will now only apply to “ammunition which is designed to be used with a pistol and incorporates a missile designed or adapted to expand on impact”.
Exactly what this fudge will mean in practice is unclear, given that so-called pistol cartridges are widely used in rifles (i.e. carbines). It may be that the expanding ammo “ban” is effectively repealed by this provision.
The government amendments to the bill can be found in this PDF from Parliament. Search for “firearm” to view them.
Labour’s Lord Rosser, a one-time trade union agitator, has also put forward an amendment to legally enshrine full cost recovery, ignoring the fact that this is already in force through the firearms fees system. Another Labour peer, Lord Harris of Haringey – a one-time leader of that borough’s council, notable for claiming £24,000 in expenses in one year alone – has tabled an amendment to automatically revoke the FAC of anyone who has a firearm stolen from them and a lifetime ban on firearm ownership imposed, all without any form of court hearing.
Labour’s politics of spite can be found in this Parliamentary PDF, by the same process described above.