17 June 2021

8 September 2021

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The Sentencing Council is issuing a new consultation on a proposed guideline for sentencing firearms importation offences.

What is this consultation about?

In this consultation we are seeking people’s views on a proposed new sentencing guideline for offences of importation of firearms . Currently, there are no sentencing guidelines for firearms importation offences for use in either magistrates’ courts or the Crown Court.

Why produce a guideline for firearms importation?

In October 2019 we consulted on eight sentencing guidelines for other firearms offences (these came into force on 1 January 2020) and some of those who responded to that consultation proposed that we should develop a guideline for firearms importation offences. The Council agreed that there was a need to develop one and is now seeking views on a proposed guideline for use in magistrates’ courts and the Crown Court.

Who should respond?

We would like to hear from anyone who might use the sentencing guideline in their work; has an interest in sentencing or the criminal justice system or has knowledge and expertise in the field of firearms offences. We would also like to hear from anyone who could be affected by the implementation of the guideline as a victim or defendant or who represents people who might be affected.

What do we want to know?

We are seeking views on:

  • the main factors that make the offences in the guideline more or less serious;
  • the additional factors that should influence the sentence;
  • the approach taken to structuring the draft guideline;
  • the types and lengths of sentence that should be passed; and
  • anything else you think should be considered.

You can give us your feedback on just the areas you are interested in or you could answer all the questions in the consultation.

When do you need to respond?

The consultation runs until 8 September 2021.

Which offences are covered by the guideline?

Firearms – Importation for consultation only

Related information

The eight existing firearms guidelines are: