The Scottish Government has recently released a report that shows firearms and airgun crime are down. Crimes involving firearms are at their lowest level in 10 years, while crimes involving airguns are down a further 13 per cent from last year alone. This brings the reduction of airgun crime from 2006-2007 down 75 per cent overall. Of 365 offences, 171 involved an airgun.
Nicolle Hamilton, BASC Scotland press and policy officer, said, “The statistics show that Scotland¹s lawful gun owners are safe and responsible with levels of crime involving firearms at a 10-year low. We are pleased that airgun crime has fallen again this year by a further 13 per cent to 171 offences.
“This means that of the estimated 500,000 airguns in Scotland 0.03 per cent were involved in an offence last year. This statistic further demonstrates that a licensing scheme is not necessary and is another example of the SNPs attempts to tax and ban a legitimate and safe sport. The Association of Scottish Police Superintendents have also spoken out against the proposals to license airguns. The majority of airgun offences are minor incidents such as criminal damage, which can be addressed by education and enforcement of existing laws.”