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The Law - VCRA 2006

Re-enactment and the Violent Crimes Reduction Act 2006

All members of Just Ordinary Men carry photographic identity cards (design changed annually) and are full members of the All Fronts Re-enactment Association.  Official AFRA photographic membership cards are also carried by unit members.  Photograhic identity cards and insurance conforms with the requirements of the VCRA 2006.  Just Ordinary Men also has full Third Party Liability Insurance.

Sections 36 – 38, VCR Act 2006: Realistic Imitation Firearms

Makes it an offence to manufacture, import or sell realistic imitation firearms. It also makes it an offence to modify an imitation firearm to make it realistic. Imported realistic imitation firearms will be liable to forfeiture under customs and excise controls.

Defences and Exemptions

It makes it a defence to show that the manufacture,  importation,  sale or modification was only for the purpose of making the Realistic Imitation Firearm available for :

A museum or gallery

Theatrical performances and rehearsals of such performances

The production of films and television programmes

The organisation and holding of historical re-enactments

Crown servants (armed forces, police, etc.)

Exemption for re-enactments

Historical re-enactment is defined as Any presentation or other event held for the purpose of re-enacting an event from the past or of illustrating conduct from a particular time or period in the past

This is intended to include a range of re-enactment activities, including the display of military vehicles at shows and presentations to school children by war veterans.

The regulations also specify the persons who can claim the defence for historical re-enactment. This is restricted to those organising or taking part in re-enactment activities for which third party liability insurance is held.

For re-enactments.  It would be advisable to ask to see any membership card and to check that either the individual or the re-enactment society holds the required insurance.

Deactivated firearms and antique imitations are expressly excluded from the definition of realistic imitation firearms and are therefore not affected by the new offence however; a consultation is being tabled for later this year to discuss pre-1995 deactivated weapons.  No official announcement has been made regarding the consultation and the law concerning pre-1995 deactivated weapons currently remains the same.

Section 40 VCR Act 2006: Supplying imitation firearms to minors

It makes it an offence for anyone aged under 18 to purchase an imitation firearm and for anyone to sell an imitation firearm to someone aged under 18.

There is a defence for anyone charged with the offence of selling an imitation firearm to someone under 18, where he can show that he had reasonable grounds for believing the purchaser to be 18 or over - for example, by seeing credible proof of age.

Possession of Realistic Imitation Firearms

You are allowed to possess Realistic Imitation Firearms at official re-enactment events provided you are a member of a re-enactment group,  can provide proof of this (i.e. a membership card) and that your group is covered by appropriate insurance.

Buying and selling Realistic Imitation Firearms

You must only sell to a person who is over 18 and who is involved in bona fide :

Living history,  re-enactment,  Film,  TV Production or to a Crown Servant.

You must ensure that the buyer is one of the above and must obtain proof of this, otherwise you could be breaking the law.

If you are a purchaser then you must be over 18, involved in one of the above and  be able to prove it.

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