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NEW!   Counsel's Opinion on the British laws of Proof relating to sound moderators and other muzzle attachments

Legal Counsel has now confirmed that:

  1. A sound moderator is not a “part” of a “small arm” for the purposes of the Proof Acts.

  2. There is no requirement in law for a sound moderator to be subject to proof.

  3. The cutting of a screw thread on a barrel in order to affix a sound moderator is most unlikely to “unduly reduce it in substance or strength”, although each case will depend on its own facts.

  4. The pronouncement made by the Proof Authority in October 2001 is misleading and wrong in law in a number of important respects.

The full text of Counsel's Opinion may be downloaded and read here:

proof-counsels-opinion.pdf (27 kb Adobe Acrobat file) or

proof-counsels-opinion.doc (46 kb Microsoft Word file)


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Jackson Rifles
Parton, Castle Douglas, Scotland  DG7 3NL

Tel:  (01644) 470223         Fax: (01644) 470227


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21 June 2007

Jackson Rifles is a division of Forge Consulting Ltd,
registered firearms dealer #108 (Dumfries & Galloway)