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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-00179: Michael Russell (Argyll and Bute)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 23 May 2016

To ask the Scottish Government when it will publish guidelines for applicants for air gun licences.

Answered by: Michael Matheson 2 June 2016

Information is already available at: www.airweapon.scot. We will continue to develop this website up to and beyond 1 July 2016, when people can start to make advance applications to Police Scotland. In addition, we are developing guidance to the police regarding the operation of the new licensing regime. This will be published and the chief constable must have regard to it when exercising his functions under Part 1 of the Air Weapons and Licensing (Scotland) Act 2015.

The Scottish Government is also conducting a public information campaign under the headline ‘No Licence – No Air Gun through various media, including a country-wide poster campaign and radio advertising. This is linked to Police Scotland’s current air weapon surrender campaign, which is running between 23 May and 12 June 2016.