Just another money making project. At least this will stop all illegal ownership & use of guns in Scotland! Just like the handgun ban did.
It's things like this that make me not want to have an independent scotland. Not sure I'd trust them to run a marathon let alone a country. Why not just increase penalties on those who misuse them instead of punishing those who don't. Not much chance of tougher sentences when he lets a 'mass murderer' leave jail on compassionate grounds though is there?
not going to help youngsters get into the shooting disciplines either...sad..
I guess those of us from south of the border who make occasional forays north would need a license if we were to bring an air rifle with us?
Another AOLQ species I'm not licensed for.
Wait to see what emerges from the consultation process before abandoning hope. This is a much more localised legislature than the UK Parliament, so should be more responsive?
I would guess that there are a higher proportion of shooters in Scotland with a legitimate need. This seems to be designed to stop misuse within city areas.
There isn't even a hint of free prescription charges here
If I'm going to be accused of it then it's just as well I did it.
So am I right in saying that "good reason" will be needed to apply for an Airgun lisence?
I imagine there will be a lot of bargains to be had by Airgunners South of the Border.
"It's halfway down the hill, directly below that tree next to a rock that looks like a bell-end"
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My lad's old Webley Excel .22 is available, as of today, to swap for a decent compound or crossbow... any takers?
"We are not banning air weapons outright but there has to be a legitimate use for them. We do not believe that there should be half a million unlicensed firearms in 21st Century Scotland.
Unlicensed = unrevenued?
"We are not consulting on the principle of licensing - this will happen. While our primary concern is for public safety, we do not wish to penalise those who use air weapons responsibly and who can demonstrate a legitimate use for a gun, such as sport shooting or pest control."
Don't wish to penalise? What, not even slightly, on a financial level?? Go on - force yourselves!! You KNOW you WANT TO...
What will the penalties be then? Fines, prison, time in a re-education centre (Gulag)?
Mr MacAskill said the licensing regime for air weapons represented "an important first step towards devolving all powers on firearms to the Scottish Parliament, something I will continue to lobby the UK government for".
FIRST STEP...Chairman Mao would be proud, he liked first steps too...
New statistics on firearms offences published earlier this month showed a drop from 647 in 2010-11 to 514 in 2011-12. Of these, 195 involved air weapons.
Criminal use is falling - but why use facts that are not in support of the regimes emotive argument?
The Scots NEED the oppressive boot of Marxist/Socialist dogma, lest they wrongly feel that they ARE a free people.
...are the occupants of Holyrood on laughing gas or something? Are they so overfed on their expenses-fueled binges that they are halucinating as to what the real problems ARE in Scotland?
Isn't Edinburgh still the herion capital of Britain....a bit illegal, surely, but hey - as long as a wide boy can make a good book deal/movie career on the back of that ONE minor problem, then it cannot be THAT bad...
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