Improving public safety by tightening access to air weapons

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No licence. No air gun. That’s the message to air weapon owners who will need firearms certificates for their weapons when new laws come in to effect.

The Scottish Government has joined forces with animal charity Scottish SPCA to launch a campaign to raise awareness of the new air weapons legislation.

The new law is being introduced to improve public safety and reduce gun crime by taking air weapons out of the hands of those who would misuse them.

People who own or use an air weapon will need to have a certificate under the new rules introduced in the Air Weapons and Licensing (Scotland) Act 2015, which comes into force from 31 December 2016.

People who no longer want to keep their weapon will be able to hand them in to Police Scotland between Monday 23 May and Sunday 12 June.

There will be 72 police stations throughout the country, from Lerwick to Stranraer, where weapons can be handed in as part of the surrender campaign.

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