Drop any proposals to licence airguns in England & Wales
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With the Scottish Government pushing for the licencing of airguns in Scotland there is a strong concern that such measures will be considered for England and Wales, where high powered air rifles (above 12 ft-lb) are already restricted to licence holders and pistols with a power rating of great than 6 ft-lb are already banned.
We are strongly opposed to this as the introduction of licencing or further restrictions as they apply to everyone will have a disproportionate effect on the law abiding, safe and responsible shooters, sportsmen and women.
Such a licencing scheme will offer very little additional protection to the public who are already served by a myriad of laws on the sale, possession and use of airguns. The 2007 VCR act for example increased the age at which an airgun could be purchased from 17 to 18 and forced those selling airguns to become registered firearms dealers who are no longer able to conduct sales of airguns via mail order. Further restrictions were added by the 2011 Crime and Security Act which made it an offence for a person in possession of an air gun to fail to take “reasonable precautions” to prevent someone under the age of 18 from gaining unauthorized access to it. Both of these additions are on top of existing legislation, for example it is an offence for an airgun pellet to leave be fired beyond the boundary of land of which you have permission to shoot on.
We are already to the point where the practice of owning and shooting airguns is one of the most heavily restricted recreational activities within the UK, and further legislation will do nothing to discourage those from seeking to do harm, who will ignore such legislation. It will however have a disproportionate impact on the many law abiding, safe and responsible owners, shooters and hobbyists, which we feel is unacceptable.
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