HC Deb 02 December 1920 vol 135 c1442
71. General Sir IVOR PHILIPPS

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he is aware that in. some parts of the country the Firearms Act, 1920, is being administered in such a way as to interfere with persons who have collections of old military trophies collected from all parts of the world; and whether he will take such steps as are necessary to impress upon the police authorities throughout the country that the Act does not apply in England and Wales to smooth-bore weapons, and that no certificate is required for the keeping of such weapons?


I hope the circular I have issued to police authorities will make it clear that the Act does not apply to smooth-bore weapons in England and Wales, and will prevent any interference with collections of firearms made in good faith for a scientific or artistic purpose.