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The Air Weapons and Licensing (Scotland) Bill 19/05/2014 The Scottish Government has published the Air Weapons and Licensing (Scotland) Bill, which aims to tighten access to air weapons in Scotland

The Air Weapons and Licensing (Scotland) Bill

The Scottish Government has published the Air Weapons and Licensing (Scotland) Bill, which will tighten access to air weapons in Scotland and includes other measures to improve public safety.

It is estimated that there are around half a million unlicensed air weapons in Scotland, and the Bill will:

  • clearly define the air weapons which will be subject to licensing;
  • broadly follow the principles and practices of existing firearms legislation;
  • enable a fit person to obtain a licence to own, possess and shoot an air weapon in a regulated way, without compromising public safety;
  • ensure appropriate enforcement of the new regime with robust offences and penalties to deal with any person who contravenes the new regime.

The Bill also includes provisions covering:

  • Scrap metal dealers - clamping down on metal theft through a tighter licensing regime for scrap metal dealers, including new rules that will prevent payments in cash
  • Alcohol - creation of new offences of giving, or making available, alcohol to a child or young person for consumption in a public place
  • Sexual entertainment venues – a new licensing regime for lap dancing venues that will allow greater local control over the number and operation of these venues
  • Civic – introduction of a new role of Civic Licensing Standards Officer to help enforce civic licensing regimes.
     

 

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