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Explosive Guide

Explosive Guide

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©BASC/ACPO-FELWG
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Version
V2.6 April -08
 
A Guide to the
Manufacture and Storage of Explosives Regulations(MSER) 2005 & associated legislation
BASC in association with ACPO Firearms & Explosives Licensing Working Group
© The British Association for Shooting & Conservation / The Association of Chief Police Officers, England, Wales & N. Ireland 2007
The right of BASC and ACPO to be identified as the authors of this work has been asserted by them in accordance with the Copyrights, Designs and Patents Act 1988.Photocopying and printing of this document, unaltered and in complete form, is allowed for legitimate dissemination of information and training purposes only. No part of this booklet may be replicated or altered for any other purpose without prior permission of the authors.
 
 
©BASC/ACPO-FELWG
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V2.6 April -08
 
P
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OTE
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T
HIS IS A
LIVE
DOCUMENT AND MAY CHANGE PERIODICALLY TO SHOW NEW UPDATES
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E
ACH VERSION IS INDICATED AT THE BOTTOM RIGHT CORNER OF EACH PAGE
 
C
ONTENTS
 
1.
 
 What are the new regulations?
 Page 2
 2.
 
 What are “Shooters Powders”?
 Page 2
 3.
 
Do you need an Explosives Certificate?
 Page 2
 4.
 
How to apply for an Explosives Certificate for black powder.
 Pages 2 & 3
 5.
 
How much do Explosive Certificates cost?
 Page 3
 6.
 
 What is an RCA Document?
Including;
 Pages 3 & 4
 
 
Home loading of small arms ammunition
 
Sales of ammunition and bulk components i.e. powders, caps & primers
 
Re-enactment and “acquire only” certificates
 
Overseas Visitors
 
Retaining RCA documents
 
Applying for an RCA document
7.
 
Storage of Black Powder
 Page 4 & 5
 8.
 
Storing Nitro-cellulose based powder
 Page 5
 9.
 
Storing mixed explosives (black and nitro)
 Page 5
 10.
 
 What explosives may be stored without registering premises?
 Page 6
 11.
 
Registration of storage
 Pages 6 & 7 
 12.
 
How much explosive may be held once registered?
 Page 8
 13.
 
Temporary site storage without registration (Game fairs and Re-enactment)
 Pages 8 & 9
 14.
 
The carriage of shooters powders by road and rail
 Page 9
 15.
 
Carriage of explosives in vehicles used to carry passengers for hire or reward
 Pages 9 & 10
 16.
 
References
 Page 10
 17.
 
Additional Reading
 Page 10
 18.
 
Miscellaneous,
including;
 Page 11
 
 
Storage container size
 
 
Decanting (moving powders between metal/plastic containers and powder flasks)
 19.
 
Small arms ammunition, including
 Pages 12 & 13
 
 
What is “small arms ammunition” and its applications to MSER and COER
 
Making and unmaking (Manufacture)
 
A word on primers
20.
 
Record Keeping and reporting loss/theft
 Page 13
 Annex A
– Table of explosive items
 Page 14
 
Annex B
– Hazard labeling examples
 Page 15
 
Annex C
– Storage guidance for hazard type 1 powders
 Pages 16 & 17 
Annex D –
Fees Guide for explosives certificates in connection with other certificates
 
 Page 18
 
 
©BASC/ACPO-FELWG
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V2.6 April -08
 
1.
 
 What are the new regulations?
The Manufacture and Storage of Explosives Regulations (MSER) 2005 and an Approved Code of Practice/Guidance (ACoP) are the principal documents that set new requirements for the storageof explosive powders, including those used for muzzle loading guns, historical re-enactment andammunition reloading. The purpose of the new regulations is to combine and update very oldexplosives legislation such as the Explosives Act 1875 to modern health and safety standards.
 What is an ACoP?
Approved Codes of Practices (ACoP’s) are documents, which give advice onhow to comply with the law; they represent good practice and have a special legal status. If aperson with a duty to act on the requirements of an ACoP was prosecuted for a breach of healthand safety law and it was proved that they had not followed the ACoP, a court would find them atfault unless they could show that they have complied with the law in some other way. Followingthe advice in an ACoP is usually enough to comply with the law.
 2.
 
 What are "Shooters’ Powders"?
“Shooters’ Powder” is a term used within MSER 2005, which now encompasses ALL powdersreadily available for home loading such as black powder, other potassium nitrate based powders,black powder substitutes such as Pyrodex and nitro-cellulose based propellants, both granular andin pellets.
3.
 
Do you need an Explosives Certificate?
Black powder irrespective of its intended use can only be purchased with an explosives certificateand an RCA document
(See section 6)
 An explosives certificate is not needed for the purchase of Nitro-cellulose based powders.However you will usually be asked to produce a valid shotgun or firearm certificate to the sellerbefore they will release powder to you. This is not law but sensible advice to ensure powders areonly acquired by bona fide users.
4.
 
How to apply for an Explosives Certificate for black powder.
You will need to use form COER1A available from your local police licensing department.Explosive certificates are available in “
 Acquire Only”
or “
 Acquire and Keep”
format for explosives inconnection with a persons’ own firearms or shotguns or for possession of powders for re-enactment. Form COER1A is also available from the BASC website at -http://www.basc.org.uk/media/coer1a.pdf  You will need to specify the amount of powder to be acquired at any one time and the UNclassification of black powders i.e. UN 0027 & UN 0028. Usually, users will only require 3 or sokilograms but, you will not be restricted to the amount you have specified as an “Acquire andKeep” certificate will allow a maximum of 15 kg to be acquired if no other explosives are kept.

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