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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.

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