Government response to the Home Affairs Committee on firearms control
The response was published in September 2011. The general impression is that the Government isn't planning on bringing in new legislation at present. The main part of the report which has direct applicability to re-enactment is below, however the full report is well worth reading. You can access a copy of it here (external link).
17. Restricted intelligence
from the National Ballistics Intelligence Service indicates
that a significant number of pre-1995 standard weapons have
been reactivated into live weapons within the UK, and
subsequently used in very serious crimes. We therefore
recommend that the Government introduces a requirement for
firearms that were deactivated before 1995 to be modified to
the 1995 standard, in order to make it harder for criminals
to gain access to readily-reactivated weapons. We also
recommend that deactivated guns are only sold through
Registered Firearms Dealers.
Historically there has been a paucity of reliable information concerning the use of deactivated and reactivated firearms in crime and there has been some confusion with other types of converted weapon. Official statistics show few offences involving deactivated firearms but the police believe the true picture is more worrying. This is because in many firearms offences no shot is fired and the gun is not recovered which makes it difficult to identify the weapon used. The Government notes that the Committee received restricted intelligence from NABIS regarding the number of reactivated weapons used in very serious crime. The Government will discuss the nature of this intelligence with ACPO with a view to determining whether it would be proportionate to require all old deactivated weapons to be brought up to the current tougher standards or whether the requirement might be restricted to particular types of weapon preferred by criminals. The feasibility of applying current standards to weapons which have already been subject to deactivation procedures will also need to be explored further. The Government believes that the most important aspect of controlling deactivated firearms is to ensure that they cannot be reactivated and it is generally accepted that the current standards are effective in this regard. There remains the danger that criminals will seek to smuggle weapons into the UK from other countries where the standards are less rigorous and the Government is currently engaged in trying to secure a greater harmonisation of standards through the requirements of the European Weapons Directive. There is no requirement for realistic imitation firearms to be sold through registered firearms dealers. However, in looking at the standards to be applied to deactivated weapons the Government will also consider whether there are any benefits from requiring them to be sold through registered firearms dealers.