Scotland Sets Date For Air Gun Registration Law

posted on March 7, 2016

In yet another example of anti-gun politicians further piling on gun owners, Scottish leaders have announced the country’s law requiring licensing and registration of air rifles will go into effect on July 1. 

The legislation requires air gun owners to acquire a certificate or permit to continue to possess the devices. Specifically, the law makes it “an offence for a person to use, possess, purchase or acquire an air weapon without holding an air weapon certificate.” If convicted, a violator faces up to two years in prison. 

According to an NRA-ILA alert, an applicant for an air weapon certificate must be at least 14 years of age and have a “verifier,” who “in the opinion of the chief constable, [is] of good standing in the community,” attest to the veracity of the application. Law enforcement has significant discretion in issuing an air weapon certificate, requiring that the chief constable be “satisfied” that the applicant “is fit to be entrusted with an air weapon,” and “has good reason for using, possessing, purchasing or acquiring an air weapon.”

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