Airgun licensing challenged

BASC has challenged a report supporting the legislation of airgun licensing in Scotland.

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Despite hearing evidence that the Bill will do little to deal with the problem of criminal misuse of airguns, it has already seen support.

Regardless of the fact that airgun crime is now at its lowest level since records began, the Local Government and Regeneration Committee’s stage on report has supported the licensing Bill.

Dr Colin Shedden, director of BASC Scotland, said: “BASC believes the licensing system is unnecessary, unwieldy, unwanted and unwarranted. It also fails to meet the Principles of Better Regulation, to which the Scottish Government and all of the main political parties in the Scottish Parliament are committed… A licensing system will only be subscribed to by law-abiding airgun owners and will make no difference to those intent on breaking the law.”

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