The three major Firearms Acts in current use are:
Firearms Act 1968
Firearms (Amendment Acts) 1997
Violent Crime Reduction Act 2006
In addition Section 5 of the the 2003 Anti-Social Behaviour Act deals with firearms.
These Acts can be accessed by hovering on the 'Gun Law' heading above and selecting from the dropdown menu.
To read about 'Imitation Gun Law' an Assessment (The Violent Crime Reduction Act 2006) hover on 'Links and Resources' and select 'Research' from the drop down menu.
On this page you will also find information about gun law and proposed gun law in other parts of the world.
AUSTRALIA TO BAN THE IMPORT OF MILITARY STYLE GUNS
Guns resembling military weapons and designed to appeal to young men will be banned from being imported into Australia. The Federal Government will change import regulations to tighten controls on firearms that have a "military-style appearance”. Manufacturers have developed firearms that look more like machine guns in an attempt to appeal to a younger market. These firearms could cause unnecessary fear and apprehension in the community, which is why the regulation has been extended to cover these new types of weapons. There will also be stricter import controls on magazines for fully automatic firearms. Customs officials will be provided with a template of the real firearms. If the imports resemble real military firearms, they will be destroyed.
Source Daily Telegraph 19th December 2008
INTERNATIONAL HANDGUN LAW
To view information on civilian ownership of handguns in other countries, and the numbers of guns deaths which occur, visit http://www.iansa.org/
IRELAND: CABINET AGREES TO BAN HANDGUNS
The government's decision to ban the weapons comes after a period in which their use has grown exponetentially in the Republic. Gun owners who have weapons will not have their licences renewed.
Source: The Irish Times November 2008