The above statement is not quite accurate.Crazy but true. What's worse is we can't even defend ourselves in our own home. We have to let our attackers bludgeon us to death first before we can even retaliate with a wet tea towel. Even then we'd be on a serious 'assault with intent to cause grevious bodily harm' charge - and the home invader would win in court.
The self defence provisions of the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008 are intended to make clear to the public, prosecutors and the police that those who use reasonable force to protect themselves or others should not be prosecuted.
If they use no more force than absolutely necessary, people should have confidence that the law will support them, so long as:
· they acted instinctively
· they feared for their safety (or that of others) and acted based on their perception of the threat faced and the scale of that threat
· they acted to effect a lawful arrest or to prevent the escape of a person lawfully detained, and
· the level of force used was not excessive or disproportionate in the circumstances as they viewed them
Tbh having acrually been looking for a Deac because There minimum £500 and atm only have about £250 to hand for the weapon,http://www.medieval-shop.co.uk/rifles/1943-m1-garand-rifle-united-states-1932.html?search_query=garand&results=3
I spoke to these guys a few weeks ago about buying a Denix Mare's Leg, and they were quite happy to ship it to me, despite falling outside the VCRA cutoff for antique weapons. The lady I spoke didn't seem to know the UK even has replica firearms restrictions.
Now, I've no clue if this would get through customs, but I think they would ship it to you if you were prepared to take the risk.
3 deacs here:http://www.milweb.net/classifieds.php?search_term=garand&type=&x=6&y=3
And another: https://www.chelmsfordmilitaria.com/index.php?ix=136&iw=6&iz=0&e_cat=1&s_e_cat=&pv=1158
You're not looking hard enough :lol
Edit: A few mods and a decent paintjob? https://bbguns4less.co.uk/products/Dboys-BY101A-WWII-Replica-Shell-Ejecting-Sniper-Rifle.html
The laws here are weird and randomly enforced :wackoSo you can buy realistic looking firing weapons in the UK (airsoft) but you can't buy a resin replica blaster??:confused
You UK peeps are lucky if you can buy airsoft...the gun laws here in OZ are very strict...no airsoft, no real guns. You can buy real weapons, but you have to join a gun club, take a course, have the correct storage etc....
Lots of great info ill check that out thanks see what they say but being part of an airsoft group might be a good thing theres a few guns i want to complete costumes, but there not a necessity but my costume with the.M1 does really need it thus my fuss hah, thanksThe laws here are weird and randomly enforced :wacko
Theoretically you can't import or buy what they cal a RIF (realistic imitation firearm). That means if it is based on any realworld gun made post 1870, you can only buy it if a certain percentage is painted a bright colour, hence the two-tone and transparent airsoft guns that are all over UK airsoft shops. If you play airsoft regularly, you get an exception code which allows you to buy any airsoft.
Theoretically, if it isn't based on a real-world weapon it's okay. But what about Solo Blasters, Pulse Rifles, and any other props that incorporate real guns? Grey area, dependent on the customs guy who opens your package. These guys are not going on comprehensive courses that allow them to recognise any real-world firearms, so the only truly safe method is the paint-it-green thing.
Generally speaking, you are fairly safe sending anything internally, since Royal Mail would only x-ray something if it was suspect. Try and export, it's a different story. I sold a RIF to a US member a few years ago, at the UK international terminal, it just disappeared off the tracking. No explanation. I had to wait a month for it to be declared lost, then fill in a form.
Several weeks later I was informed by RM that it had been put on a boat, since it was not allowed on a plane. Around 2 months later it finally arrived with the buyer, in a battered and broken condition.
As a result of this and a few other horror stories on here, I am now extremely reluctant to sell any weapon props outside of the UK unless they are in parts.
The VCRA gives the final middle finger to us by allowing ANY real gun to be sold to anyone so long as it is deactivated. So, theoretically, I can buy a real Desert Eagle, but be prosecuted for a buying or selling a resin Mauser or Mal Pistol.
The other exception for RIFs is theatrical use, museum use or re-enactors.
Zellcendo, it may be worth contacting the company in the first link I posted to the Denix and ask them if they would paint the metal parts Orange, or whatever for an extra fee, or if they could dissemble it and send the parts.
I would suggested playing a few games of airsoft and joining UKARA so you could legitimately buy the ICS M1, but at that price you might as well hold out for a deac.
Sweet ill have a chat with a few places on my days off really appreciate all the help and advise Guys woopPretty expensive, but they apparent use 'red tape' to get around VCRA: http://www.relics.org.uk/productinfo.php?product=257