Weapons & Firearms Awareness Group

The Health and Safety Office has produced Guidance for Weapons and set up a Weapons and Firearms Awareness Group (WAFAG) and produced guidance to monitor the use of weapons on University premises for theatrical, artistic and research purposes.

Weapons of any kind are not normally permitted on University owned/controlled property. However, there are certain circumstances where they may be required (e.g. theatre production, filming or for research purposes). Under these circumstances the following procedures should be followed in order to ensure the safety of all involved (including third parties) and in order to comply with the law.

Anyone participating in work involving firearms must comply with the legal requirements under The Firearms Act 1968; in particular Regulation 19 concerning carrying a firearm in a public place:

A person commits an offence if, without lawful authority or reasonable excuse (the proof whereof lies on him) he has with him in a public place

a) a loaded shot gun,

b) an air weapon (whether loaded or not),

c) any other firearm (whether loaded or not) together with ammunition suitable for use in that firearm, or

d) an imitation firearm

It is permissible under Regulation 12 of the Firearms Act for a person to have a firearm in their possession for the purpose of a film or theatre production (including rehearsal).

Further guidance and a checklist can be found in the following documents. If you are planning any activity involving weapons please consult and complete these documents:

Use of Weapons Guidance

Weapons & Firearms Form

Weapons Flow Chart

Please send completed forms to wafag@port.ac.uk. This is to ensure relevant stakeholders can be made aware of any sanctioned activity.

Anyone with concerns regarding a project proposal that appears to be illegal or of a suspicious nature should contact Campus Security on ext. 3333 immediately.



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