From 31st December 2016, the law in Scotland requires certificates for low-powered airguns – and you can obtain them like firearm certificates – from the police – at least the law-abiding shooters will.
Criminals won’t be allowed certificates which will simply mean they’ll continue to abuse airguns as before, and that’s even assuming that they’ll apply for them – which I sincerely doubt.
So, much more work and bureaucracy for the police and the shooter – at a time when airgun crime is at its lowest level ever in Scotland. Good news eh ?
From 1st August 2016 – the New Home Office Club Criteria.
The new Home Office Criteria for Target Shooting Clubs.
After pressure from the shooting organisations and the police, the Home Office have reviewed the criteria for target shooting clubs approval.
Most of the changes are simply updates of addresses and organisations, but some WILL affect your club.
- Applying for approval. Now when applying for approval, the application goes to the police force where the secretary or person responsible for application lives.
- The club must inform the police of ANY member (other than probationary or guest member) who has not shot with the club for 12 months or who has ceased to be a member.
- The details provided by the club to the police must now include the full name and address, AND the date and place of birth of the applicant/member.
- The club must inform the police of the date on which a person became a full member.
- There is no longer a requirement to provide “the outcome” of an application to join, as it’s effectively covered by 4. above.
- The declaration on the membership application form about prison sentences has been updated to include suspended sentences of 3 months or longer.
- The club must now have access to ranges where “adequate financial arrangements” are in place to meet claims (read “Insurance”) instead of the old range safety certificates.
- ALL notifications (applications for membership, members leaving or not shot for 12 months) must be sent to the police force through whom the approval was sought, or renewed.
The fee is still £84, and you can pay by Credit or Debit card by calling 0845 010 0125 and quoting your Home Office club reference number and the payment code of 0120/295004/61010: .
Two opportunities were missed – the Home Office were asked for evidence of any problems or benefits to the public safety to help the group reviewing the criteria, but none was forthcoming, neither were they prepared to bring S1 shotguns and long-barrelled pistols under the Home Office approval banner.
Despite pressure from the shooting organisations, the Home Office did not remove the unnecessary bureaucratic requirement to record the make, type, and serial number of every guns used by every member with a Firearm certificate every time they shoot.