Regina v Nelson: CACD 2 Mar 2000

Having been arrested for theft, and found in possession of an imitation firearm, but later being acquitted of theft, the defendant argued he could not be convicted of possessing the firearm if no specified offence was committed.
Held: The words of the Act are clear, and required either the commission of an offence or possession at the time of an arrest for such an offence. In recent years such offences have been taken much more seriously, and earlier cases should not be followed.


Gazette 02-Mar-2000, Times 07-Mar-2000


Firearms Act 1968 17(2)


Updated: 09 April 2022; Ref: scu.85421