HC Deb 19 November 1987 vol 122 c605W
Mr. Cox

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what action he will take to stop the selling of replica firearms; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Douglas Hogg

Under the Firearms Act 1982, imitation firearms capable of ready conversion to fire live ammunition are already subject to the same stringent controls imposed on actual firearms by the Firearms Act 1968. We do not think that it would be sensible to restrict or try to control the sale or possession of toy or imitation guns which are not capable of being converted to fire live ammunition. There are already many such imitations or toys in circulation, and realistic imitations can easily be constructed by those intent on a criminal act.