Legislation and next staps
On 15 May 2014 the then Cabinet Secretary for Justice introduced the Air Weapons and Licensing (Scotland) Bill. Parliament passed the Bill on 25 June 2015, and on 4 August the Air Weapons and Licensing (Scotland) Act 2015 received Royal Assent. The Act sets out a robust licensing regime for air weapons, which has been developed in consultation with Police Scotland and other stakeholders.
There will be a lead-in period and public information campaign before the full regime comes into force, so that those people with air weapons or planning to purchase or use air weapons in Scotland are aware of their new obligations. There is no need to apply for an air weapon certificate at this time.
If you have an unwanted air weapon that you would like to get rid of then you should contact your local Police Scotland firearms licensing department for advice.