§ Mr. Arthur Lewis
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he will introduce legislation making the penalty for possessing a sawn-off shotgun imprisonment for life.
§ Mr. Brittan
No. Anyone carrying a firearm with intent to resist arrest or with intent to injure is already liable to life imprisonment. Possession of an 227W illegally shortened shotgun carries a maximum penalty of five years' imprisonment, and the maximum penalty for possessing a firearm with criminal intent is 14 years' imprisonment.