When filming in a public place using imitation firearms, organisers must consider the relevant legislation. Carrying an imitation weapon in a public place is an offence which can lead to six months imprisonment and/or a fine. If the sequence does require the use of imitation firearms then organisers should always search for private locations to conduct this type of filming.
If a public location must be used, a risk assessment should be undertaken before filming commences. This risk assessment should include consideration to the risk or potential risk of harassment, alarm or distress to the public in sequences involving the use of weapons.