In the past decade or so there has been a growing number of offenses committed that have been identified as being carried out by deactivated guns, which effectively are firearms that can no longer discharge a shot or any other missile for that matter.
The use of this kind of weapon is an act of extreme cowardice by the perpetrators, using the threat of appearance to terrify victims and for their wrongful gain and is something the authorities are deeply concerned about.
As a consequence, they are pushing proposals forward to make deactivated guns completely illegal. Read this article to know more about the firearms training for beginners.
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The deactivated guns have the middle of their barrel sawn away and then a metal rod is inserted and welded within to render it incapable of firing any sort of projectile.
This should be a permanent process that cannot be reversed without specialist tools and even then extensive training is required before an individual is capable of putting these tools to use. Also, a mechanism referred to as the breech block, is ground down meaning that there is no actual firing pin, therefore the gun is incapable of undertaking the shooting operation.
The loophole that needs closing is where any weapon that is deactivated will immediately cease to be classed as a firearm under the Firearms Act.
Meaning that they can be possessed without the need for a license or certificate, plus they are permitted to be put on display in the owners home and there will not be a requirement for it to be placed in a locked cabinet.