Campaign raises awareness of Air Weapons Licensing Scheme

The Scottish Government has launched a campaign to raise awareness of the new air weapons legislation that aims to improve public safety and reduce gun crime in Scotland.  

Anybody who wants to use or own an air weapon will be able to apply to Police Scotland for an air weapon certificate, or a permit in some circumstances, from 1st July 2016.  

This gives users six months to get a certificate before new rules tightening access to air weapons, introduced in the Air Weapons and Licensing (Scotland) Act 2015, come into effect from 31st December 2016.  

From that date it will be an offence to have an air weapon without the proper certificate or permit, unless a person is exempt from the need for a licence.  

It is estimated there are currently around half a million air weapons in Scotland.

There were 182 air weapon offences in 2013-14, the equivalent of an offence using an air weapon every second day of the year.

For more information visit www.airweapon.scot.

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