Firearm Offence Solicitors - Defending Allegations of Illegal Firearm Possession, Import and Use

Our Firearms Offences Solicitors are available 24/7/365 to assist anyone who has been accused of committing a firearms offence.

Firearms law in the United Kingdom is incredibly complex, making it easy for people to make genuine mistake about the legality of the items they possess. This genuine mistake could lead to you facing a mandatory prison sentence.

To give you the best chance of avoiding this, you need to ensure you have world class representation from the start. Our team is incredibly knowledgeable on firearms law in the UK and will ensure your case is handled properly from the start. Call today on +44 (0)161 452 7674 or fill in our contact form to discuss your case with one of our specialist firearms offences solicitors.


Being charged with a firearms offence naturally brings a large amount of stress, particularly if the breach in law was a genuine mistake on your part. Lengthy prison sentences are possible, making it vital to have a serious crime solicitor on your side who is an expert in firearms law and will be able to guide you through the case.

We will take the time to listen to your story without prejudice and work hard to provide you with best-in-class legal advice from the start, putting you in the best-possible position for any proceedings. Complete clarity will ensure that you know exactly what is happening at every step of the way. Our team will provide you with complete professional guidance and support, 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

Getting through a difficult time such as this will never be easy, but we will work tirelessly to ensure it is as smooth and hassle-free as possible for you.


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:

  • Illegal possession of a firearm
  • Possession of an imitation firearm
  • Possession of a firearm by persons previously convicted of crime
  • Carrying a firearm or imitation with intent to commit an indictable offence or to resist arrest or prevent the arrest of another.
  • Criminal use of a firearm
  • Carrying a firearm or imitation with intent to commit an indictable offence or to resist arrest or prevent the arrest of another.
  • Illegal conversion of weapons Illegal importation of weapons
  • Possession of a firearm with the intent to cause fear or violence
  • Entering a building or part of a building as a trespasser without reasonable excuse whilst having with him a firearm or imitation.

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.


If you or a loved one is accused of a firearms offence, it is essential that you engage the expertise of criminal defence solicitors who will be able to help and advise you on a defence strategy as soon as possible. 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.

As one of the UK's leading Criminal Defence Firms, we are highly regarded nationally across the legal profession and noted for consistently delivering positive results for our clients.

Our expert Gun Crime Solicitors regularly act for clients in Manchester, Preston, Blackpool, Liverpool, Leeds, Nottingham, Birmingham, and London. As recognised Serious Crime Lawyers we can represent you wherever you live in England and Wales.

Our legal team is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you or somebody you know has been arrested and needs expert legal representation, contact Draycott Browne today.

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