What is an air weapon certificate?
While it is legal to use an airgun in England and Wales, in Scotland it is an offence to use and own an airgun without clearance from firearms licensing authorities.
The Air Weapons and Licensing (Scotland) Act was first introduced in 2015 to safeguard Scottish citizens and to reduce air weapon misuse.
How to apply for an air weapon certificate
As part of the application for an air weapon certificate, applications will need to produce a ‘valid reason’ as to why they require an airgun. Target practice is normally a good reason to acquire an airgun as long as it is conducted in a safeguarded environment. Other reasons may include to control vermin like rats in the confines of a farmyard.
Airgun certificate applications must be made via the firearms licensing unit of your local police force. You can find the contact details for your local police force at the Official UK Government Website.
What is a Visitor Permit?
If you are a non-Scottish resident and visiting Scotland with an air gun you will need to apply for a visitor’s permit.
A visitor permit may be issued by the firearms licensing unit Police Scotland and may enable those granted a visitor permit to possess, acquire, use, or purchase an air gun during the qualifying period, without holding an actual air weapon certificate.
REMEMBER - It is against the law to do own and use an airgun in Scotland. Anyone found doing so may face paying a fine or in some cases, may risk imprisonment of up to 2 years.