Disguised firearms: law, minimum sentences, and the Lord Advocate’s Reference (No. 1 of 2020) (Case Comment)

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Abstract

Presents an overview of the classification of firearms and prohibited weapons under the Firearms Act 1968, noting the minimum sentence provisions for certain firearms offences. Discusses Lord Advocate's Reference (No.1 of 2020) (HCJ Appeal) in which, following an acquittal for possessing a firearm that was disguised as another object, contrary to the Firearms Act 1968 s.5(1A)(a), the Lord Advocate referred a number of questions to the court, including how to direct juries on the meaning of "disguised".
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2-5
JournalGreens Criminal Law Bulletin
Issue number167
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2020

Keywords

  • Firearms
  • Jury Directions
  • Possession of firearms
  • Scotland
  • Statutory interpretation
  • Weapons

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