Q334: Are BB guns illegal?

BB guns (which fire plastic or aluminium balls by different methods such as compressed air or an electrical system) may or may not be firearms and so may or may not be prohibited.

The soft air type of gun which is 'toy like' (though it may be a little too powerful to be officially classed as a toy) does not fit within the definition of a of a section 1 firearm because it is usually too low powered and is probably designed to fire plastic/aluminium balls. However, even where a section 1 firearm is not required, an air weapons certificate may be required - see Q236 for further information.

So if you are unsure whether your BB gun is legal or not, then it is worth checking with your police force's firearms department who will be able to advise you.

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