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Changes to air weapons licensing in Scotland

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From 31 December 2016, the legislation surrounding the licensing of air weapons in Scotland will change. While this change will not apply outside of Scotland, anyone buying or travelling to Scotland will need to be aware of these changes:

The Scottish Government is introducing a new licensing system for most air weapons in Scotland.

From 31 December 2016, you will generally need a visitor permit to use, possess, purchase or acquire air weapons while in Scotland.  This includes buying an air weapon, someone giving one to you, or simply having an air weapon in your possession.

If you already hold a valid firearm and/or shotgun licence issued in England or Wales before 31 December, and you are not planning on buying a gun while in Scotland,  you may not need a permit until your existing certificate expires or is renewed.

Applications for visitor permits (or full air weapon certificates) should be made to Police Scotland who will decide your application and deal with any questions you have about the process. You can download the appropriate application form from the Air Weapons and Licensing (Scotland) or Police Scotland websites.

When complete, it should be sent to Police Scotland at: Air Weapons Team, Police Scotland, Clyde Gateway, 2 French Street, Dalmarnock, Glasgow, G40 4EH 

You can also get further information on air weapon licensing, including information on exemptions from the need to hold a certificate, from the Air Weapons and Licensing (Scotland) website.