Q326: Do I need a certificate for an air weapon and why has this new legislation been introduced?
The Scottish Government has long campaigned for the UK Government to review all firearms legislation, or to devolve responsibility for firearms legislation to the Scottish Parliament so that Scottish needs can be at the forefront of a distinct Scottish approach to regulating firearms within our communities. Following a recommendation by the Calman Commission in 2009, powers on air weapons were transferred via the Scotland Act 2012. The overarching policy objective of the new legislation is not to ban air weapons, but to ensure that only those people who have a legitimate reason for owning and using an air weapon should have access to them and that such persons are properly licensed.
Please note that the air weapons certificate will cover all the air weapons held by the certificate holder.