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It includes any prohibited weapon, any component part of such a weapon and any accessory to such weapon designed or adapted to diminish the noise or flash caused by firing the weapon.

The weapons are defined in section 5 (1) of the Act and include machine guns, burst fire weapons, short barrelled rifles, handguns, revolvers, self-loading shotguns and more.

If you are not sure whether a weapon would be contained within the minimum mandatory sentence offence contact us for specialist firearms advice.

It is often the case that other forensic lines of enquiry will follow such as:

• Quasar testing
• Fingerprint analysis
• DNA testing
• Forensic Discharge residue (FDR)
• Compatibility of firearm together with any recovered ammunition.