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R v Howells [1977] 3 All ER 417

The appellant bought a revolver believing it to be an antique firearm manufactured in 1860 or 1870. No firearm licence is required for such antique firearms. In fact the gun turned out to be a fake and therefore required a licence. He was convicted of possession of a firearm without a licence under s.1(1)(a) Firearms Act 1968 and appealed on the grounds that he had an honest and genuine belief that the gun was an antique.


His appeal was dismissed and his conviction upheld. The offence was one of strict liability. His belief was therefore irrelevant.
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