VCRA - Violent Crime Reduction Act
When buying a Realistic Imitation Firearm (RIF) in the UK, there are laws that outline a number of requirements that must be met.
To buy a RIF you must be over 18 and meet at least one of the following criteria
- You have a current UKARA membership.
- You are a member of a properly insured historical re-enactment group or society.
- You are a film, television or theatre production company.
- You are (or are acting on behalf of) a museum.
- You are a Crown Servant in pursuance of your Crown duties.
As many of our prop weapons meet the requirements of a RIF, VCRA information will need to be provided for them when purchasing using the order comments box.
Exemptions exist that negate the need for any of the additional VCRA requirements, however, for all prop weapons the buyer must be over 18 years of age.
Firearms made before 1875
Any firearm that was made, or a prop that is modeled on a firearm that was made, before 1875 is exempt from these rules. None of the additional VCRA requirements need to be met other than the buyer must be over 18 years of age.
Any weapon modeled on a fictional weapon (e.g. Sci-Fi blaster) are also exempt for the aditional VCRA requirements and it only required that the buyer is over 18 years of age.
Some of our weapons can be purchased that come mounted on a display. These are typical "half weapons" - where only the front facing half of the firearm has been cast. These are exempt from the aditional VCRA requirements and it only required that the buyer is over 18 years of age.