Firearms Offences

Focused firearms offences solicitors to defend you
Legally reviewed by: Kevin Waddingham

UK firearm laws are extremely complex. If you are charged with firearms offences, you need a solicitor that knows the law to give you the best possible defence to help clear you of any wrongdoing. Cartwright King’s specialist Firearms Offence Solicitors offer you sound legal advice that’s focused on defending you and your rights.Get in touch with Cartwright King now to speak to our specialist Firearms Offence Solicitors.

How Cartwright King Can Help You with Firearms Offences

Cartwright King takes a non-judgemental approach to your case. We listen, we understand, and we care about what happens to you. If you’re facing an investigation for firearms offences, it can be intrusive, affecting you and your family, which is why we’re committed to clearing you of any wrongdoing.

We can help you with:

  • Illegal possession of a firearm
  • Allegations of using a firearm to commit a crime
  • Illegal conversion of a firearm
  • Illegally importing or dealing firearms
  • Police station representation
  • Representation in Court

Unique Advocacy Services

Firearms offences are serious charges that can lead to even life imprisonment if other offences are involved. That’s exactly why you need to have someone by your side that will serve as support and will be with you every step of the way, explaining what is going on and what’s going to happen. That’s exactly what our solicitors at Cartwright King do. With our unique advocacy services, we can provide legal representation from the police station through to the higher courts, without passing you on to another law firm.

Benefit from Free Legal Advice at a Police Station

If you’re arrested and suspected of committing one or more of the firearms offences, you should get in touch with our solicitors as soon as possible – they are available round the clock and offer free legal advice at the police station.

Since it is your legal right to choose your legal representation, you need to tell the police officers that you want to be represented by Cartwright King – and one of our lawyers will be there for you, no matter where in the UK you are located.

Why Choose Cartwright King to Defend Against Your Firearms Offences?

Cartwright King has many years of experience when it comes to criminal charges, as over 70% of our cases involve them. Because of that, we understand better what the best way to approach a case is.

With Cartwright King, you are choosing reliable legal advice and treatment of your case without any judgment. We will give our all to your case to make sure that you are either cleared of your charges or that your sentence will be as low as possible.

Legal Fees

People have different situations, and sometimes it might be difficult for them to cover all the costs connected with legal advice and representation. If you are one of those people, nothing’s lost – you can always apply for Legal Aid. If you’re eligible, the costs will be covered. If you’re not, please contact us so that we can come up with a solution that will be in your best interest.

Remember, our criminal defence team are available 24/7 for emergency advice.

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Frequently asked questions.

What Is a Firearms Offence?

Before explaining what is included under the term ‘firearm offence’, let’s focus on what exactly is a firearm. According to section 57(1) of the Firearm Act from 1968, a firearm is “a lethal barrelled weapon or a prohibited weapon […] of any description from which a shot, bullet or other missiles, with the kinetic energy of more than one joule at the muzzle of the weapon, can be discharged.”

You can be convicted of a firearm offence if you:

  • illegally possess a firearm
  • possess an imitation firearms
  • were previously convicted of a crime and possess a firearm
  • carry either a real firearm or its imitation with the intention of committing an indictable offence or resisting arrest or preventing the arrest of another person
  • illegally convert weapons
  • illegally import weapons
  • possess a firearm, and you intend to cause fear or violence
  • enter a building or part of a building as a trespasser without reasonable excuse whilst having a firearm or an imitation of one

Keep in mind that in order to charge someone with a possession offence, prosecutors only need to show that the defendant’s illegal possession of firearms – they don’t need to prove that the defendant knew what it was. This is one of the reasons why getting help from experienced solicitors before being interviewed by the police is crucial.

What Sentence Could I Face for a Firearms Offence?

Sentences vary according to the type of firearms offence committed. As of January 2021, eight new sentencing guidelines have started to be applied. For the first time, judges and magistrates in England and Wales have dedicated sentencing guidelines for firearms offences. In accordance with the Firearms Act 1968, the following sentences apply:

Offence & Maximum sentence

  • Possession, purchase or acquisition of a prohibited weapon or ammunition – sections 5(1), 5(1A)10 years imprisonment
  • Possession, purchase or acquisition of a firearm/ammunition/shotgun without a certificate – sections 1(1), 2(1)Up to 7 years imprisonment
  • Possession of a firearm or ammunition by a person with previous convictions prohibited from possessing a firearm or ammunition – section 21(4), 21(5)5 years imprisonment
  • Carrying a firearm in a public place – section 19Up to 7 years imprisonment, depending on the type of weapon
  • Possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life – section 16Life imprisonment
  • Possession of firearm or imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence – section 16A10 years imprisonment
  • Use of firearm or imitation firearm to resist arrest/possession of firearm or imitation firearm while committing a Schedule 1 offence/carrying firearm or imitation firearm with criminal intent – sections 17(1), 17(2), 18Life imprisonment
  • Manufacture/sell or transfer/possess for sale or transfer/purchase or acquire for sale or transfer prohibited weapon or ammunition – section 5(2A)Life imprisonment

How Were the Firearms Offences Sentenced Before January 2021?

The introduction of new sentencing guidelines might raise a question – How did the magistrates and judges sentence people for firearms offences before that? Well, the length of the sentence was dependent on several factors, including:

  • Defendant’s involvement in the crime
  • What sort of weapon was involved – Was it modified? Was the weapon loaded at the time of the criminal offence?
  • Level of remorse
  • Defendant’s record – usually people who were already convicted of a crime (especially premeditated and violent one) receive higher sentences
  • Cooperation with the police
  • Defendant’s medical record – whether they have any disabilities or disorders

Is It Possible to Reduce a Firearm Offence Sentence?

Yes, it is possible. By entering a guilty plea either before or during the first hearing, you can reduce your sentence even by one third. Keep in mind that the longer you wait to enter a guilty plea, the smaller the sentence reduction will be.

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