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Law Enforcement (Powers and Responsibilities) Act 2002 No 103
Current version for 6 December 2019 to date (accessed 29 January 2020 at 18:35)
86 Police may enter and search for firearms
(cf Crimes Act 1900, s 357I)
(1) A police officer who, on an inquiry under section 85, is informed that there is no firearm in the dwelling but who believes on reasonable grounds that there is or are a firearm or firearms in the dwelling, must apply to an authorised officer for the issue of a search warrant.(2) A police officer who believes on reasonable grounds that—(a) a domestic violence offence is being, or may have been recently, committed, or is imminent, or is likely to be committed, otherwise than in a dwelling, andmust apply to an authorised officer for the issue of a search warrant.(b) any of the persons concerned may have a firearm in a dwelling,(3) In addition to any other powers of an authorised officer under Part 5, an authorised officer who issues a search warrant that a police officer is required to apply for under this section may, in the warrant, authorise any police officer—(a) to enter and search the dwelling concerned for firearms, and(b) to seize and detain any firearms that may be found in the dwelling.(4) This section does not apply to a police officer if the circumstances are such that the police officer has power to search and seize a dangerous article under another provision of this Act or another law.