Control of genuine firearm component parts
The Government published the Firearms and Ammunition (Declaration of Arms) (Amendment) Regulation 2021 (the Amendment Regulation) in the Gazette on 4 June 2021. The Amendment Regulation, by way of subsidiary legislation, lists out specific essential firearm (i.e. genuine firearm) component parts as “arms” under the Firearms and Ammunition Ordinance, so as to combat the misuse of arms by criminals, who smuggle the component parts of genuine firearms into Hong Kong in separate shipments and then assemble them into fully functional genuine firearms, posing threats to citizens’ lives and property.
The Government earlier conducted a four-week public consultation between 17 February 2021 and 16 March 2021. The majority of the respondents supported the proposed amendments.
The Amendment Regulation will come into operation on 1 November 2021 such that those being affected may dispose of the component parts or apply for a licence from the Police.
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