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Time running out for unlicensed airguns

Time running out for unlicensed airguns


Police Scotland have received  circa 10,000 applications for the new Air Weapon Certificate but even discounting those with current Firearms or Shotgun certificates it is estimated that over 400,000 airguns could be unlicensed in Scotland when a new law comes into force on New Year’s Day 2017.

The Air Weapons and Licensing (Scotland) Act 2015 will make it an offence to possess an airgun without a specific licence or to be covered by a temporary exemption granted by way of possession of a current firearm and shotgun certificate.


The Scottish Countryside Alliance strongly advise those possessing an airgun without certification or valid exemption sell or surrender them to someone who is currently licenced, to a registered firearms dealer or hand it in to their local police station.

Those in possession of an airgun without a certificate after 31 December could face a custodial sentence and fine, or both.

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