Firearms Act 1996 No 46
Current version for 1 January 2014 to date (accessed 26 November 2014 at 16:14)

7A   Offence of unauthorised possession or use of firearms generally

(1)  A person must not possess or use a firearm unless the person is authorised to do so by a licence or permit.

Maximum penalty: imprisonment for 5 years.

(2)  Without limiting the operation of subsection (1), a person who is the holder of a licence is guilty of an offence under this section if the person:
(a)  uses a firearm for any purpose otherwise than in connection with the purpose established by the person as being the genuine reason for possessing or using the firearm, or
(b)  contravenes any condition of the licence.
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