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    Scottish Airguns

    Just realised that i have an air pistol squirreled away in my cupboard.

    Would i be right in assuming that i will shortly need a license and therefore will need to apply. I don't use it much and just in the garden for plinking away (when i manage to find the magazines).

    Would that be 'good reason' to have one?

    Thanks

    Dan

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    Pretty sure that back garden 'plinking' was not deemed a good reason.

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    Yes.

    see here for info. http://basc.org.uk/basc-scotland/air...ked-questions/

    Although as you are on this forum its a good chance you already have a FAC so no need to panic,

    6. I live in Scotland and already have a shotgun certificate/firearm certificate. Do I need to apply for another certificate for my air rifle?
    Yes. However, those with an existing certificate would not need to apply for an airgun certificate until their existing certificate/s expires. When renewing your existing shotgun or firearm certificate you would then be expected to apply for an airgun certificate.

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    If you have an SGC you are covered till it needs renewing, then you will need to apply for one of the new licences

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    I understand that it can go onto my firearms certificate but i was thinking that if 'back yard plinking' isn't a reason to have a little CO2 air pistol i struggle to see what reasons people have them for.

    Having spoken to the wildlife crime officer up here and he seems to have no more idea than anyone how the law is going to work, looks like I'll just apply with the little pistol and see what happens, they are more than welcome to it if needs must.

    He also couldn't tell me if you will need to apply for individual air guns and have 'slots' for them or if it would be more like a shotgun.

    Bit of a buggers muddle

    Thanks

    Dan

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Newcombe View Post
    I understand that it can go onto my firearms certificate but i was thinking that if 'back yard plinking' isn't a reason to have a little CO2 air pistol i struggle to see what reasons people have them for.

    Having spoken to the wildlife crime officer up here and he seems to have no more idea than anyone how the law is going to work, looks like I'll just apply with the little pistol and see what happens, they are more than welcome to it if needs must.

    He also couldn't tell me if you will need to apply for individual air guns and have 'slots' for them or if it would be more like a shotgun.

    Bit of a buggers muddle

    Thanks

    Dan
    Yes Buggers Muddle and SNP go well in the same sentance. Really can't understand why they are likely to get back in tomorrow. Everything they have got involved with has been a buggers muddle. They couldn't even win a referendum!

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    I've just been doorstepped by a gang of the *******s. They went a bit quiet when I asked what their candidates views on firearms were (I'd just been shooting some rabbits out the back and the air rifle was propped up on the rack behind me for cleaning).

    In theory the licence is already a legal requirement, but as there is no process in place for applying, and no real agreement on what constitutes "good reason" etc. I really don't think anything will happen before the end of this year at the earliest. Spoke to my FEO about it when I renewed and he said he didn't know how it was going to be managed, because they are not proposing any more resources to handle the massive numbers (estimated (probably a bit low too) 500'000 air guns in the wild in Scotland). He also didn't know what security provisions would be required. Or what would constitute good reason. He is an airgun shooter himself so wasn't too pleased with it all.

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    Air pistol..."squirreled away" there's your "good reason". For humane despatch of wounded squirrels, rabbits, hares, corvids, etc., that I have shot with my shot gun and for safety do not wish to handle (risk of being bitten/pecked/hygiene) or for safety (ricochet) do not wish to expend a second shot gun cartridge on them. Sorted!

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    Quote Originally Posted by slider View Post
    Yes.

    see here for info. http://basc.org.uk/basc-scotland/air...ked-questions/

    Although as you are on this forum its a good chance you already have a FAC so no need to panic,

    6. I live in Scotland and already have a shotgun certificate/firearm certificate. Do I need to apply for another certificate for my air rifle?
    Yes. However, those with an existing certificate would not need to apply for an airgun certificate until their existing certificate/s expires. When renewing your existing shotgun or firearm certificate you would then be expected to apply for an airgun certificate.

    hope someone has told the Police this gem
    they din't know anything about that when I asked them.....

    clusterf**k of the highest order

    IMO it will get buried until well after the Scottish Election and even then it has not passed across for Royal Assent
    I suspect it will be a still birth before it gets off the ground, especially if we all vote Labour to keep the SNP at bay......

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    Interesting debate on airguns.
    What is the provision for visitors from England or elsewhere who bring an airgun for pest control in Scotland say for during a visit when other forms of shooting might be pursued?
    Even if one sassenach has an English FAC/SGC do the same rules apply to "foreigners"?

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