Important Changes to Arms Act 1983: semi-automatic firearms - Pistol Grip definition

Important Changes to Arms Act 1983: semi-automatic firearms - Pistol Grip definition

A semi-automatic firearm (other than a pistol) that has a pistol grip will be a MSSA:

A pistol grip is a free-standing grip.

Example of pistol grip

Free-standing grip, in relation to a firearm, means a grip that –

  1. Is designed to be gripped by the whole or most of the trigger hand of a person firing the firearm; and
  2. Is (if any trigger guard is disregarded) structurally connected to the firearm at only one point; and
  3. When deployed, protrudes from the firearm in a direction that is closer to being perpendicular to the barrel than to being parallel to it; and
  4. Is neither –

    Example of what are considered not a pistol grip

    1. a thumb-hole stock; nor
    2. a stock of the type commonly described as a Dragunov stock or Dragunov-style stock

    The direction in which the grip of a firearm protrudes from it must be determined in a general, practical sense –

  5. Having regard to the attitude that the trigger hand of a person firing the firearm (while gripping the grip as it is designed to be gripped) would assume while the person is firing the firearm; and
  6. Without having regard to the shape of the grip.

Grip, in relation to a firearm, means a component of the firearm that (whether or not it is also designed to serve some other purpose or purposes) is designed to be gripped by the trigger hand of a person while the person is firing the firearm.