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Air gun licensing is unnecessary and will not cut gun crime, says SCA

The Scottish Parliament’s intention to continue towards licensing air weapons, despite evidence that such a move will do little to reduce crime whilst increasing police costs, is disappointing, says the Scottish Countryside Alliance (SCA).

Yesterday (23 March) the Scottish Parliament’s Local Government and Regeneration Committee published its report on the Air Weapons and Licensing (Scotland) Bill. It suggests that the estimated 500,000 air weapons held across Scotland should be licensed, despite a warning from the Association of Scottish Police Superintendents that licensing would be unwieldy and expensive. 

Jamie Stewart SCA director for Scotland said: “The Scottish Countryside Alliance believes the licensing system is unnecessary and will do little to deter criminal activity or increase public safety. The criminal misuse of airguns is already covered by existing legislation; an offence committed with an airgun is treated in the same manner as any firearms offence.

“The committee report acknowledges that offences with air weapons in Scotland are at their lowest level since records began, yet still supports the introduction of an unnecessary licensing system. Any new licensing system will only be supported by law-abiding airgun owners and will make little difference to those involved in criminal activities.”

The SCA is also concerned that the Committee has suggested the retrospective inclusion of an identifier mark – or serial number – for over 500,000 airguns.

“This would constitute an even greater waste of valuable police time, prove to be an administrative nightmare and an additional cost, presumably to law-abiding shooters,” said Mr Stewart.


SCA joins call for information on missing Golden Eagles

Thursday, 11 August 2016

Media reports surrounding the disappearance of eight of Scotland’s majestic golden eagles have raised concerns of illegal activity, although these are unconfirmed. The Scottish Countryside Alliance, which represents shooting and conservation interests, will work with Police Scotland, Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) and other interested parties to stamp out any illegal persecution and is clear that finger pointing at the shooting community, based on no evidence, must be resisted.

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Comment on death of raptors in the Highlands

Monday, 31 March 2014

The Scottish Countryside Alliance is shocked and concerned by reports of the death of 13 birds of prey in 10 days in an area of the Highlands.
Director of the Scottish Countryside Alliance, Jamie Stewart said: “We fully support Police Scotland as they investigate this case and will wait for their results before jumping to conclusions as to what caused the death of these kites and buzzards.
“However we do not condone the actions of those who kill birds of prey and if it is proved that these birds were killed deliberately then we hope that those people responsible will feel the full weight of the law.

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Air weapon licensing unnecessary, says Countryside Alliance

Thursday, 21 November 2013

The announcement that recorded gun crime and offences in Scotland are at their lowest level for 33 years is great news for law and order, but should signify that the proposed licensing of air weapons is unnecessary, says the Scottish Countryside Alliance.
Statistics, released by the Scottish Government on 20 November, show that recorded crimes and offences in Scotland that involve firearms have dropped by 71 per cent since 2006/07. There were 365 incidents in 2012/13 – the lowest figure in Scotland since records began in 1980.
Air weapons offences, which make up 47 per cent of all gun crime, also fell.
Countryside Alliance director for Scotland Jamie Stewart said: “Scottish gun users understand that ownership is a responsibility, not a right and that regulation is crucial to stop guns being used unlawfully, however the thousands of law-abiding firearms owners should not be unfairly penalised.
“Gun crime is falling, and while we would not wish the government to become complacent we do not believe the licensing of air weapons is the right next move.
“Eighty-seven percent of respondents to the Government’s consultation on this subject rejected the proposal and even the Association of Scottish Police Superintendents believes licensing would be unwieldy and too expensive.
“We believe that in the vast majority of those who hold and use air weapons as part of an organised pest control exercise or shoot recreationally pose no threat to the wider public and do not require the draconian measures set down by the Justice Secretary.”

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Scotland gives the Commonwealth Games its best shot

Monday, 4 November 2013

The strength of Scotland’s shooters is evident, with six of the eight athletes announced for next year’s Commonwealth Games having contributed to making shooting Scotland’s top sport at the Delhi 2010 Games, with nine medals.
The team also includes Edinburgh-based Jen McIntosh and Jon Hammond who went to last year’s London Olympic Games.
Scottish Countryside Alliance director Jamie Stewart said: “We are delighted to have six of the medallists from the Delhi games selected along with Sian Bruce and Caroline Brownlie at this first stage in the process.

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Licensing of low-powered air weapons unnecessary, says Alliance

Monday, 21 October 2013

The Scottish Countryside Alliance (SCA) is asking Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill MSP to reconsider his stance on the licensing of low powered air weapons in Scotland.

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Braidwood Sporting Clays host’s the first Scottish Countryside Alliance Ladies day of 2013

Tuesday, 26 February 2013


Braidwood Sporting Clays host’s the first Scottish Countryside Alliance Ladies day of 2013.


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Stolen gun dogs – what to do?

Wednesday, 1 May 2013

The Countryside Alliance suggests the following course of action should your gun dog be stolen:

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HMRC - RTI and beaters - Update

Wednesday, 1 May 2013

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC).

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