The Air Weapon and Licensing (Scotland) Act 2015, scheduled to take effect on July 1, 2016, makes it an offence for a person to use, possess, purchase or acquire an air weapon without holding an air weapon certificate.
This is a significant change in air weapon ownership and it is recognised that many members of the public may want to relinquish their air weapons rather than apply for certification. In support of this Act Falkirk Area Command will be participating in the national air weapon surrender campaign. This runs from May 23 to June 12, 2016.
The campaign will allow individuals and groups not wishing to retain air weapons without relevant authority and certification, the opportunity to surrender their weapons in a safe, secure and efficient manner at designated police offices.
The designated police office for the area is Falkirk police office, West Bridge Street, FK1 5AP. This is to allow suitably trained staff to handle the surrender process and take control of the weapons ensuring the safety of the public and staff during this process.
If you own an air weapon you do not need to take any action right now as you will not be able to apply for a certificate until the legislation comes into effect on July 1. Further guidance on the legislation can be found at Police Scotland and Scottish Government websites.