Airgun teacher is freed from prison by judges

Discussion in 'Current Affairs, News and Analysis' started by Agent_Smith, May 5, 2005.

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  1. Glad to see some common sense was applied to the case.

  2. Good, but she should never have been jailed in the first place.

    How come the rozzers managed to charge her with having a firearm ? it was an air gun NOT a firearm ?
  3. An airgun IS a firearm in British law, since it is a "lethal barrelled wpn", and "lethal" is defined as "capable of causing more than a trifling injury", which is itself defined in secondary legislation (Home Office Guidance) as being 1J muzzle energy.
  4. Stoatman, i have seen women firing pingpong balls out their p*$$y with more than 1J muzzle energy.

    Could that be deemed a potentially lethal weapon? :wink:
  5. If an airgun was a firearm you would need a firearms licence to have one and you don't. Therefore an airgun is just that an airgun.

    An airgun that produces more than 12flbs at the muzzle is deemed a firearm and then you would need a licence.

    The airpistol the woman used was an airpistol that did not require a licence.

    Surely you cannot charge someone with a firearms offence if they didn't have a firearm ?

    edited to add: The 1J rule is applied to the airsoft air wpns .....if it is under 1J then it is not even an airgun but classed as a toy.
  6. Armourer, there's an exemption from licencing for air rifles <12ftlb & air pistols <6ftlb. But they're still classed as firearms. It's in the 1968 Firearms Act.

    Softair guns are "toys" because they're under 1J ME, anything over that is classed as a firearm.
  7. Fair enough.