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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-00702: Claudia Beamish (South Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 16 June 2016

To ask the Scottish Government whether it considers that there is a case for reviewing whether the use of night sights for the shooting of deer should be permitted.

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 29 June 2016

A panel under Section 4 of the Deer (Scotland) Act 1996 is currently reviewing the use of authorisations issued by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) to shoot deer, which includes the regulation of night shooting. The panel is due to provide a report to SNH by the end of August 2016.

Any change to allow the use of night sights for the shooting of deer would require a change to the Deer (Firearms etc.) (Scotland) Order 1985.