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Everything you need to know about owning an air weapon in the UK

July 24, 2019



hi I'm Liam and I'm Adam it might be supply airguns in the UK are classed as firearms and therefore require a firearms certificate I'd that is unless they have a power output of less than 12 foot-pounds of energy or less than sixteen point two joules of energy pistols however must have a power output of less than six foot-pounds of energy or less than eight point one joules if an air weapon falls below these limits they are legal to own without a firearm certificate the legality surrounding whether you can buy a shooting air gun is determined by your age and it's broken down into three specific groups over 18 14 to 17 year-olds and under 4 teens if you're over 18 there are no restrictions on purchasing an air gun or ammunition and you may shoot it wherever you have permission if you're aged 14 through to 17 the shooting in air gun becomes a little bit more restrictive you're not allowed to purchase or hire an air gun or ammunition or receive one as a gift however you may borrow on it use it unsupervised on land where you have permission to shoot at this age you're not allowed to transport the air gun in public alone and you must be accompanied by somebody over the age of 21 and you must have a valid reason for doing so such as being on your way to or from a range a shop or private land to shoot if you're over the age of 14 you're not allowed to buy or hire air guns or ammunition and you are not allowed to receive one as a gift however you are allowed to shoot an air rifle on private property under constant supervision by the land occupier providing that they are at least 21 years old parents or guardians who buy themselves an air gun with the intention of allowing their child to use it while supervised must be in control of the weapon at all times be at home in the garden or in the field since 2011 and in the introduction of a crime and Security Act 2010 is become an offense to own an air weapon without taking reasonable precautions to prevent someone under the age of 18 from gaining unauthorized access to the air weapon what is classed as a reasonable precaution is dependent on your situation for instance in the case of having very young children simply storing the air weapons up high is seen as a reasonable precaution in all cases however a locked cupboard a gun case or a safe is sufficient even simply anchoring the weapon to a secure part of the building is deemed a reasonable precaution however a lock which simply stops the weapon from being loaded or fired but does not stop the weapon from being removed from the building does not satisfy these requirements air weapons must only be transported in a secured case which does not allow the weapon to be fired whilst this in that case this rules out most favourite cases so a lot of people preferred hard cases with the introduction of the anti-social behaviour Act 2003 in the UK shooters under the age of 18 are no longer allowed to transport air weapons alone or must be accompanied by someone over the age of 21 remember that it's an offence to carry an air weapon even in a suitable carry case without a reasonable excuse and if you were carrying an air weapon in public for legitimate reasons ensure that it's unloaded and uncocked you're allowed to shoot your air guns anywhere you have gained permission from the landowner to shoot however there are three things that you be aware of before you begin you must be aware of the lands boundaries it's really important shooting past a boundary into land that you do not have permission to shoot into is an offence so ensure that you're 100% clear on the boundaries of the property if you're shooting across boundaries make sure that you have permission from all landowners now obviously trespassing is a serious crime but it becomes instantly more serious when you do it with a weapon before moving around your shooting area make sure that you are 100% certain of the property's boundaries it's also against the law to shoot a weapon within 15 metres of the centre of a public highway so when you're choosing where to shoot even it's in your back garden make sure you're away from public roads and to cap it all off if the shooter is under the age of 14 both shooter and supervisors it can be prosecuted for any offences so if you're supervising somebody under the age of 14 make sure that you are up-to-date of the rules as well as they are you can obviously shoot at targets just make sure that your backstop is clear and of soft material and that there's no chance of ricochets from the target your local shooting club will fully allow you to shooter their range depending on their rules if you're interested in shooting live quarry then you're limited in the species that you can shoot by law most birds are protected however there are a number of species that fall under what is known as the open general license this allows you to shoot certain pest species listed in the license providing you have permission from the landowner and you are doing it for a valid reason such as protecting crops protecting game and wildlife or to protect public health and safety a list to this license containing the listed species and its terms can be found in the description below the links to all this information and more can be found in the description below if you've enjoyed this video hit subscribe eternal notifications to get alerted when we upload some more thank you for watching guys thank you so much for watching this video if you enjoyed hit subscribe leave your comments down below and we'll see you in the next video

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  • Reply SnP3 Jey July 24, 2019 at 3:31 pm

    Glad to see you guys after two years

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