Q934: Can a person who has served time in prison apply for an air weapon certificate from July 2016?

An air weapon is classed as a firearm in terms of section 21 of the Firearms Act 1968, which governs eligibility in such cases.

Persons who have been sentenced for a period of 3 or more years in prison have a lifelong prohibition in holding a firearm and are therefore ineligible to hold an air weapons certificate.

Persons who have been sentenced for a period exceeding 3 months but less than 3 years are prohibited from possessing a firearm for 5 years after the date of their release. Once this period has expired they would be able to apply and if successful hold an air weapons certificate.

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