HC Deb 13 June 1979 vol 968 cc226-7W
Mr. Arthur Lewis

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he will introduce legislation making the penalty for possessing a sawn-off shotgun imprisonment for life.

Mr. Brittan

No. Anyone carrying a firearm with intent to resist arrest or with intent to injure is already liable to life imprisonment. Possession of an illegally shortened shotgun carries a maximum penalty of five years' imprisonment, and the maximum penalty for possessing a firearm with criminal intent is 14 years' imprisonment.

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