Air weapons licensing in Scotland

The Scottish Government is introducing a new licensing system for most air weapons in Scotland. If you are asked for information about this or if this is of interest to you personally, please be aware of the following;

From 31 December 2016, you will generally need a visitor permit to own, use, purchase or acquire air weapons while in Scotland. Visitor Permits are issued by Police Scotland.

If you are aged 14 or over and you hold a valid firearm and/or shotgun certificate issued in England or in Wales on any date before 31st December 2016,  you won’t need a separate licence to own or use air weapons while in Scotland however this does not extend to the purchasing of an air weapon whilst you are in Scotland; you would need to apply for a visitors permit to do that.

If you are aged 14 and over and your valid firearm and/or shotgun certificate was issued (granted or renewed) in England or in Wales after 31st December 2016  you will need to apply for a visitors permit to own, use or purchase an air weapon while in Scotland.

Applications for visitor permits (or full air weapon certificates) should be made to Police Scotland who will assess your application and deal with any questions you have about the process.  You can download the appropriate application form from www.airweapon.scot or www.scotland.police.uk.  When complete, it should be sent to Police Scotland at:

Air Weapons Team

Police Scotland

Clyde Gateway

2 French Street

Dalmarnock

Glasgow

G40 4EH 

You can also get further information on air weapon licensing, including information on exemptions from the need to hold a certificate, at www.airweapon.scot