Airgun licensing in Scotland

The Air Weapons and Licensing (Scotland) Bill was introduced on 15 May, grouping a proposed airgun licensing scheme for Scotland with alcohol licensing, scrap metal dealers and sexual entertainment venues. Use this briefing to find out more.

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BASC seeks airgun coaches

More people are being asked to come forward to train as airgun coaches under a new coaching award run by the UK’s largest shooting organisation, the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC). David Ilsley from BASC said: “The award is not about teaching you how to shoot, it’s about teaching you how to teach others to shoot. It is very important that the modern airgun coach is equipped to provide training in a variety of situations and ensure high standards in shooting.” The award is made up of five modules, delivered through a training programme developed by BASC. The modules focus on safety, instructional techniques, airgun ballistics, risk assessment and range conducting. Two days’ training will be followed by a day’s assessment. For more information about becoming a BASC airgun coach, email Nick Lane or click here. BASC currently has a team of more than 40 airgun coaches and has already received more than 60 enquiries about the new award. BASC is also offering to sponsor club competitions at airgun clubs. David Ilsley added: “We will provide you with prizes and material for one club competition which we would ideally like to be open to non-club members too.” For more information email David Ilsley.

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Scottish Parliament to hear 21,000 voices against airgun licensing.

Opposition to the Scottish Government’s plans to license all low-powered airguns will be demonstrated to the Scottish Parliament’s Public Petitions Committee when it is presented with a 21,000 signature petition on Tuesday 3rd September.

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BASC South East Airgun Range Day 8th September 2013

An Airgun Range Day, organised by BASC South East will be held on Sunday 8th September at Iden Ferns Airgun Club near Rye in East Sussex. The event will provide air rifle enthusiasts with the chance to shoot a variety of targets across the 40 plus lane Hunter Field Target (HFT) layout, which includes targets in woodland, open ground and over water. It is open to all ages (under 18’s must be accompanied by a parent or guardian) and all abilities will be catered for. Participants can shoot their own air rifles (under 12ft/lbs. only) or one can be hired for the day at a cost of £10. BASC staff alongside Iden Ferns Airgun Club members will be on hand to provide instruction and support. Dan Reynolds BASC’s South East regional director said: “We are delighted to be working with Iden Fern Airgun Club to put on an Airgun Range Day. There is a great deal of interest in air rifle shooting in the south east and BASC have a very active airgun membership in the region. This event aims to foster further interest in HFT shooting which has seen an exceptional rise in popularity in recent years. Iden Ferns Airgun Club is one of the top facilities in the country, with over 40 HFT lanes which cater for novice and experienced shots alike. I would encourage anyone who has an interest in air rifles to come along to the event and experience HFT for themselves.” The day will start at 10am and cost £7per person.  Places are limited so advanced booking is essential. For further information and to book places please contact the BASC South East office on 01306 631378 or

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87% reject Scottish airgun licensing plan.

87% of responses to a Scottish Government consultation on plans to license airguns have rejected the idea, according to an independent analysis published today.

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