Firearms

Weapons and firearms legislation in the UK consists of a complicated labyrinth of law dating back to 1968.  We have successfully advised and guided novices and firearm enthusiasts through this area of law.  

Our criminal law team includes specialist advisers with an interest and expertise in this area.  Our success in resolving firearms matters enhances our reputation, which is based on over 75 years of providing quality advice and representation to our clients; protecting their rights and interests, holding the police to account, and striving to get the best result.

We act for a broad range of clients in this area from novices through to firearms enthusiasts. Our clients include young people investigated for offences concerning BB guns and similar weapons.  We regularly challenge police refusals to issue firearms licences and allegations of infringement of those licences. There is a myth that it is lawful to use a BB gun in public. The reality is that if a weapon looks like a firearm and other members of the public fear that it is, then possession of the item in public may amount to an offence. It is important to keep such items securely and use them only under circumstances where the nature and quality of the weapon cannot be misunderstood. 

Many foreign nationals and visitors are unaware of the law in England & Wales concerning pepper spray and other noxious substances which are genuinely held for personal protection. Contrary to the law in several other parts of Europe, pepper spray and similar products are classed as noxious substances and regulated by the Firearms Act 1968.
In all cases we seek to explain and substantiate the legitimate purpose of our client’s possession and regularise their position wherever possible. 

We recognise that in order to achieve the very best result for our clients, we need to be proactive from the earliest moment of the police investigation. We can quickly provide assistance across the country and engage specialist barristers where complex advice or litigation is required.

In many instances we can help to avoid an arrest taking place, with all the potentially onerous consequences that can flow from an arrest: restrictions on travel, oppressive bail conditions, and the likelihood that fingerprint and DNA samples will be taken that will remain on a national database for life.

Our specialist lawyers will work with you to ensure that the police understand your situation, that you are a responsible owner and that no harm was intended or sustained.  We will explain the process to you and advise you of your options.  We will endeavour to collect evidence to support your position and ensure that you are treated fairly throughout the process. 

Kingsley Napley is ranked in Band 1 for General Crime by both Chambers  and Partners and Legal 500.

"The ‘first-rate’ team at Kingsley Napley LLP is ‘efficient, strategic, committed and able to handle the most complex of criminal cases as well as more general crime cases’. It advises corporations and individuals on sexual offences, violent crimes, drug offences, firearms offences, extradition and high-profile matters with an international element."

Legal 500 UK 2019 

"They very much embrace the need to look at the whole situation; they look at the media exposure - for people in the public eye and for a particular type of high net worth individual, that's very important and I've seen them handle that side of things very well. They're one of those few firms that would give clients a genuine round-the-clock service, seven days a week"

Chambers High Net Worth Guide 2018

The general crime department is the best I have ever worked with. They are unsurpassed in the way they work as a team on their cases - it's a very well-drilled, slick operation."

Chambers UK 2020 - A Client’s Guide to the UK Legal Profession

Kingsley Napley has real strength and expertise at all levels of the crime group. The team is hard-working, focused on getting results and yet maintains the human touch."

Legal 500 UK 2020

They are able to draw on expertise across the firm to provide a seamless service - if you are facing criminal allegations they can also handle the media, as well as any employment issues or regulatory proceedings that may arise."

Chambers UK 2020 - A Client’s Guide to the UK Legal Profession

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