1997 No. 1692
ARMS AND AMMUNITION
The Firearms (Museums) Order 1997
7th July 1997
Coming into force
28th July 1997
Whereas it appears to the Secretary of State that a museum or similar institution of the description specified below has as its purpose, or one of its purposes, the preservation for the public benefit of a collection of historical, artistic or scientific interest:
Now therefore in exercise of his powers under paragraph 5 (2) and (3) of the Schedule to the Firearms (Amendment) Act 1988(1) the Secretary of State hereby makes the following Order:
1. This Order may be cited as the Firearms (Museums) Order 1997 and shall come into force on 28th July 1997.
2. A museum or similar institution of the following description is hereby specified for the purposes of paragraph 5 (2) of the Schedule to the Firearms (Amendment) Act 1988, that is to say a museum or similar institution which is for the time being fully registered with the Museums and Galleries Commission(2).
Minister of State
7th July 1997
(This note is not part of the Order)
This Order specifies museums and similar institutions which are registered with the Museums and Galleries Commission for the purpose of making them eligible for a museum firearms licence under the Schedule to the Firearms (Amendment) Act 1988. Such a licence exempts a museum or similar institution from the need to hold a firearm certificate and an authority from the Secretary of State in respect of firearms which form part of its collection.
1988 c. 45. Sub-paragraphs (2) and (3) of paragraph 5 of the Schedule were inserted by section 47 of the Firearms (Amendment) Act 1997 (c. 5).
The Museums and Galleries Commission was established in 1931 and is incorporated under Royal Charter.