Being accused of a serious criminal offence can be extremely stressful. The law surrounding the classification and status of firearms in UK is exceedingly complex and it can be easy for a lay person to make a genuine mistake about the legality of items they possess. This can lead to you facing a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment due to a genuine error.

To help you navigate through this tricky legal situation, it is vital you seek expert legal advice early, ideally before any interviews have taken place. This will ensure that your case is handled properly by the authorities and may even result in charges not being brought to begin with.

If you or a loved one are accused of a firearms offence and you need a criminal defence solicitor who can provide you with world class representation, contact Draycott Browne today.


Defending a firearm charge can be particularly challenging as the law in this area is complicated. Draycott Browne prides itself on having highly skilled and committed solicitors who will do everything possible to assist you, regardless of your personal circumstances.We will listen without prejudice to your story and provide an expert evaluation of the evidence against you. Throughout your case, we will support you with professional advice and guidance, including:

  • Representing you at the police station
  • Ensuring your rights are protected and that you are treated fairly throughout the process
  • Advising you on your plea
  • Applying for any bail and ensuring the impact of any conditions is minimised
  • Ensuring you are fully prepared for your trial
  • Providing expert representation in court
  • Helping you protect your reputation
  • Advising and assisting you on the appeals process, if necessary
  • Illegal possession of a firearm
  • Not complying with the condition(s) of a firearm certificate
  • Using a firearm to commit a crime
  • Illegal importation or dealing of firearms
  • Illegal conversion of weapons

We understand that being charged with a firearm offence can be a very anxious time. Our committed and experienced legal team will work tirelessly to clear your name whilst ensuring you are treated with understanding, empathy and respect at all times.


A “firearm” is defined by section 57(1) of the Firearms Act 1968 as “a lethal barrelled weapon […] of any description from which a shot, bullet or other missile, with kinetic energy of more than one joule at the muzzle of the weapon, can be discharged."

Criminal charges may be brought for a number of different offences, including:

The legislation regarding firearms is complex and it is easy to see how mistakes can be made about the legal status of a particular item. Firearms offences carry harsh sentences, and some have a minimum custodial sentence attached. In addition, for possession offences prosecutors only need to show that the defendant was illegally in possession of the firearm, and not that they knew what it was. Therefore, if you have been accused of a firearms offence, seeking legal advice from a criminal defence lawyer before being interviewed can be crucial to the outcome of your case.


It is not always possible to predict an arrest, which is why our legal advisors are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. At Draycott Browne we have a team of professionals ready to assist you whenever you need us. We will represent you at the police station and thereafter to make sure you and your case are treated fairly and appropriately.


Unexpected legal fees can come as an expensive surprise. To assist you with the financial cost of defending your name, we can help you apply for legal aid to enable you to focus on what really matters. Our solicitors at Draycott Browne can guide you through the application process so that you have the best chance of receiving the financial assistance you need.


Draycott Browne offers services within Manchester and throughout the north west of England. By entrusting your case to us, you can be assured that you will be working with a team of highly skilled and committed legal specialists who have a thorough and comprehensive knowledge of the law.

Our legal team is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, with solicitors experienced at providing world class representation to a number of clients. If you or somebody you know has been arrested and needs expert legal representation, contact Draycott Browne today.

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