New Legal Notices (LN 406 2018)
We have been notified by the Weapons Office that changes in the Arms Act (Chapter 480) are now in effect.
In view of these changes that may directly affect you as a Target Shooter and/or Collector, you are required to take action by applying for a Special license accordingly by not later than the 22nd of December 2018.
Please fill in the relevant forms attached with this email and hand them in to your district Police Station by not later than the 22nd of December 2018.
Below are the changes that may directly affect you:
These changes apply only if you own at least one of the following center-fire semi-automatic firearms:
- Short firearm which can hold more than 21 rounds internally or in combination with a removable magazine that you also own.
- Long firearm which can hold more than 11 rounds internally or in combination with its removable magazine that you also own.
- “short firearm” means any firearm with a barrel which is not more than thirty centimeters long or with an overall length of not more than sixty centimeters with its stock folded or removed if so provided.
- “long firearm” means any firearm with a barrel which is more than thirty centimeters long or with an overall length or more than sixty centimeters
- If you are in possession of a current Target Shooter Licence A you shall be issued with a ‘Target Shooter Licence A Special’ if you apply for one with the Police Weapons Office by the 22ndDecember 2018. You shall continue to fulfill the conditions for your current licence until the first renewal. There are no additional fees for the new licence.
- However, in order for the ‘Target Shooter Licence A Special’ to be subsequently renewed from 2019 (for the year 2020) onward, you shall be required to comply with new conditions required by the Directive.
- Be sure that you are in a position to comply with these new conditions before you apply for the new licence!
Target Shooter Licence A Special; New Conditions:
- You must prove that you have been participating in or practicing for shooting competitions for 12 months.
- You must submit records of attendance at target shooting events, sessions and training, duly endorsed by your club, when renewing your licence. You must obtain your club’s recognition that the firearm/s that you are using fulfills the requirements of a shooting discipline.
- No ban on semi-automatic or automatic firearms!
- You shall be able to keep all the center-fire semi- automatic and automatic firearms that you own and also acquire new ones. However, you shall have to abide by new conditions for ownership and use of these firearms.
Collector License A Special; Schedule I firearms only:
- You shall require a new ‘Collector Licence A Special’ to acquire and keep firearms falling under Schedule I of the Act, namely semi-automatic firearms and automatic firearms which are of pre-1946 manufacture, or approved as historical, rare or artistic by the Weapons Board.
- If you already possess firearms that will now fall under Schedule I you shall be issued with the new Collector Licence A Special if you apply for one with the Police Weapons Office by the 22ndDecember 2018.
- You shall continue to fulfill the conditions for your current Collector Licence A.
- If you are also in possession of a Target Shooter Licence A you shall still be permitted to carry and use your Schedule II semi-automatic firearms to a licensed shooting range.
- There are no additional fees for the new licence!
- Licences shall continue being renewed on a yearly basis as they are now. The procedure for doing so shall remain the same.
- Once every 5 years the Police shall be required to review each licence issued. Each licence holder shall be required to produce a medical certificate. The Police shall also be re-assessing the applicant’s conduct.
- The maximum number of firearms that may be kept in terms of your Target Shooting Licences has now been increased from 10 to 20 pieces.
- Firearms of pre-1900 manufacture which do not use cartridges (e.g. flintlock & percussion guns) shall no longer be registered.
Should you require further information or clarification please visit our premises at Sta. Venera on Wednesday between 19:00 to 21:30.