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New air weapons licensing laws

20 May 2016

New air weapons licensing laws come into force later this year.

From 31 December 2016 it will be an offence to own or use an air weapon without the proper certificate or permit, unless a person is exempt. Anyone found guilty of this offence could be fined or jailed for up to 2 years.  

Anyone who wants to use or own an air weapon will be able to apply to Police Scotland for an air weapon certificate or permit from 1 July 2016. Information about how to apply can be found at

People who hold an existing firearms or shotgun licence will not need to get a new certificate until their existing licence is due for renewal, unless they obtain a new gun before that time.  

People who no longer want to keep an air weapon can hand them in to the police between Monday 23 May and Sunday 12 June 2016. More information about this can be found at

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