29th July 2014

The National Ballistics Intelligence Service (NABIS) attended the annual War & Peace Revival show in Folkestone, Kent earlier this month to carry out checks on those selling items and to ensure no one was breaking the law.

A NABIS expert supported theNational Crime Agency (NCA) as an advisor to ensure there were no overt or otherwise unknowing breaches of the Firearms Act.

The five day event, which took place between 16 and 20 July at Folkestone Racecourse, is a large military orientated gathering of more than 400 dealers and traders, military vehicles and historical re-enactment displays covering over a square mile of event ground, arena, and campsite.

Ballistics Expert Gregg Taylor, who is based at the NABIS hub in Birmingham, represented NABIS at the event.

He said: "Weapon spot checks with the re-enactors were generally received well with some commenting that it was a good idea for the authorities to do this as it promotes crime prevention. The majority of the re-enactors were genuine, law abiding people and appear to rebuff anybody who may be intent on bringing the hobby into disrepute.

"The majority of the weapons inspected were found to be either those correctly 'deactivated' in accordance with UK standards or 'airsoft' examples. There was a mixture of pistols, revolvers, rifles and machine guns from various eras helping to illustrate weapons used during conflicts from WWI and WWII through to Vietnam and Afghanistan.

NABIS works with the 43 police forces of England and Wales as well as partner law enforcement agencies to deliver a world class firearms intelligence capability combining science, intelligence and knowledge.

NABIS has four forensic hubs servicing England, Wales and Scotland. These hubs are hosted by a force in each region (London, Birmingham, Manchester and Glasgow).

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