Wildlife crime in Scotland: 2017 annual report

The sixth wildlife crime annual report, with new data from the financial year 2016 to 2017.

8. Legislative Changes

The Air Weapons and Licensing (Scotland) Act was passed by the Scottish Parliament on 25 June 2015. Part 1 of the Act requires a person to have an air weapon certificate from 31 December 2016 if they wish to use, possess, purchase or acquire an air weapon in Scotland, unless they are exempt under the legislation.

Detailed plans for the air weapons licensing scheme were set out in 2016 and people have been able to apply for a certificate since 1 July 2016.

Anyone submitting an application for a certificate after 31 October this year will have their application determined in 2017. Until that time, they should make arrangements to place their air weapons with another certificate holder, or with a registered firearms dealer.


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