In our previous article entitled ‘Firearms Offences | Prohibited Disguised Weapon | Kangs Serious Crime Defence Solicitors‘ we explained the operation of Section 287 of The Criminal Justice Act 2003 and the introduction of a minimum prison sentence of five years for firearms offences.  

As from January 2021 new Guidelines published by the Sentencing Council will come into force in relation to eight firearms offences ranging from unlawful possession of a weapon to manufacturing illegal guns meaning that, for the first time in England and Wales, the judiciary will have dedicated Guidelines for sentencing these complex offences.

Sukhdip Randhawa of Kangs Solicitors outline these new Guidelines.

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The New Guidelines | Kangs Firearms Crime Defence Solicitors

As there are currently no Sentencing Guidelines for firearms offences in Crown Courts, they have relied upon guidance from the Court of Appeal.   

The new Sentencing Guidelines must be followed, unless it is considered it is not in the interests of justice to do so when, in an exceptional case, the court can sentence outside of the Guidelines.

The new Sentencing Guidelines are intended to provide a consistent approach to sentencing and, if necessary, further Guidelines will be issued in due course.

There are eight new Sentencing Guidelines which cover the following offences arising under The Firearms Act 1968:

  • Possession, purchase or acquisition of a prohibited weapon or ammunition.
  • Possession, purchase or acquisition of a firearm/ammunition/shotgun without a certificate.
  • Possession of a firearm or ammunition by person with previous convictions, prohibited from possessing a firearm or ammunition.
  • Carrying a firearm in a public place.
  • Possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life.
  • Possession of a firearm or imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.
  • Use of firearm or imitation firearm to resist arrest/possession of firearm or imitation firearm whilst committing a Schedule 1 offence/carrying a firearm or imitation firearm with criminal intent.
  • Manufacture/sell or transfer/possess for sale or transfer/purchase or acquire for sale or transfer a prohibited weapon or ammunition.

Who Can I Contact For Help? | Kangs National Criminal Defence Solicitors

The team at Kangs Solicitors assists clients facing serious and complex allegations of criminal conduct of every nature. 

We welcome enquires by telephone or email.

Our team of lawyers is able to meet at any of our offices in London, Birmingham or Manchester or alternatively we are happy to arrange meetings via video conferencing.

For initial enquiries, please contact:

Suki Randhawa
srandhawa@kangssolicitors.co.uk
0121 449 9888 | 020 7936 6396 | 07989 521210 (24/7 Rapid Response)

Helen Holder
hholder@kangssolicitors.co.uk
0121 449 9888 | 020 7936 6396

Amandeep Murria
amurria@kangssolicitors.co.uk
0161 817 5020 | 020 7936 6396