R v Avis (1998)


Given the public interest in deterring the unlawful use and possession of firearms, Parliament's decision to increase the maximum penalties for such offences and the Court of Appeal's perception that some sentences passed in respect of firearms offences did not adequately reflect their gravity, it was appropriate to review the sentencing guidelines for offences under the Firearms Act 1968.

Held, that courts should treat all offences under the 1968 Act as serious and, even where an offender offered a guilty plea or had…


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