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New air weapons licensing laws

21 Dec 2016

New air weapons licensing laws come into force on 31 December 2016. From that date it will be an offence to own or use an air weapon without a licence, unless you are exempt. Anyone found guilty of this offence could be fined or jailed for up to 2 years.

It has been possible to apply to Police Scotland for an air weapons licence since July 2016. If you hold an existing firearms or shotgun licence you will not need to get a new one until your existing licence is due for renewal, unless you obtain a new gun before that time. 

The Scottish Government has advised that anyone submitting an application for a licence after 31 October 2016 will have their application processed in 2017. Until that time, you should make arrangements to place your air weapons with another certificate holder or with a registered firearms dealer. 

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