Frequently Asked Questions
Do you have a question about policing or the law? You may be able to find the answer here.
Through our frequently asked questions section we aim to help you find the answers you need without having to call us to ask for information. We've provided answers to questions on a range of topics which are regularly asked of police forces up and down the country.
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A shotgun of either a pump action or self loading style, a barrel length of more than 24 inches and a fixed magazine capable of holding a maximum of two cartridges.
Shotguns with a fixed magazine that can hold more than two cartridges are classed as shotguns to which Section 1 of the Firearms Act 1968 refers and are subject to the restriction of a firearm certificate.
Please note that all calls to police involving firearms are treated as if it is a genuine firearm so be aware that if you do wave an imitation firearm around you could find yourself surrounded by firearms officers pointing real weapons at you.