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In Memory 

Leslie H. A. Rawlins

1945 - 2020

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Customers who purchase Deactivated Guns from World Wide Arms Ltd must be 18 years of age or over and can do so safe in the knowledge that they are not required to undertake any form of procedure. World Wide Arms Ltd complies with all legal requirements and these items are free to collect and possess without any form of licence. 

The Authority requires you to register your collection of ONLY EU-UK 2018/337 Specification Deactivated  Guns possessed before the 12th December 2019.  This should be done on the 12th December 2019 or as soon as possible after that date by using the Possession Form in the link below. ONLY the Current Specification needs notification at this time. No previous old specifications. 

If you dispose of any EU-UK 2018-337 certified deactivated guns after the 12th December 2019, you are required to notify the Authority using the Transfer Form in the link below. 

Deactivations to the EU-UK 2015/2403 Specification (Deactivated from 8th April 2016 to 28th June 2018 with EU Certificate) do have to be notified for possession starting from 14th March 2021. As these fall under Section 8A of the Firearms Amendment Act these cannot be transferred. 

UK Specification Deactivated items (Deactivated prior to April 8th 2016) do not need to be notified.

Deactivations that fall outside of the EU Regulations including mortars, flare pistols, launchers do not need to be notified

Important Notice

The Offensive Weapons Act 2019 came into force on 16 May 2019.

Photo ID Required For Age Verification.

Minimum Purchase Age 18.

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Important Notice Regarding Deactivated Firearms

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On the 28th June 2018 the European Parliament again changed the EU Deactivation Law (including the UK)

The Major Changes are for Bolt Action Rifles, Semi-Auto Pistols and Revolvers. After 28th June, these CANNOT be produced with Dry-Firing or Cycling Actions.

You will still be legally allowed to keep dry-firing actions in your collection after 28th June. 

After the 28th June 2018 if you wish to sell, trade, give, transfer etc. a deactivated firearm it must conform to Regulation (EU) 2018/337 and have the appropriate UK issued Proof House Certificate. (again as last time, Flare Pistols, Mortars, Rocket Launchers, and Artillery fall outside of the regulation).


The Law on Deactivated Firearms was changed on the 8th April 2016 by the European Parliament under Regulation (EU) 2015/2403. Since the 8th April 2016 it has been illegal to sell a deactivated gun which does not have an EU endorsed deactivation certificate (other than Flare Pistols, Mortars, Rocket Launchers, and Artillery which fall outside of the regulation). Some people have been totally ignoring this law as there was no penalty in force.

On the 2nd May 2017 the penalty for breaking the above law was introduced.


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Contact Information

World Wide Arms Ltd
PO Box 5
ST21 6SN

Telephone: 01785 851 515