Crash one wrote:
Sooty25 wrote:just a technical issue on the discussion of guns chaps, please either call them airguns, guns, firearms or whatever suits, but please do not call them "weapons", this is actually quite offensive to those that shoot legally for sport. A gun is not a weapon until the user uses it in that way, in the same way a carving knife isn't a weapon when used correctly.
You are correct.
But, why is my licence issued by Police Scotland, for an air weapon it’s power is classed as low power (sub 12lbf)?
The law in Scotland is different to England and Wales.
In Scotland, you need an 'Air Weapon Certificate' (AWC) to own airguns of any sort producing more than 0.74 ft/lb muzzle energy up to 6 ft/lb ME for a pistol and up to 12 ft/lb ME for a rifle; you are the person licenced and you can own as many as you like once you have the certificate.
For the rest of us, for an Air Rifle producing more than 12 ft/lb ME and/or an Air Pistol producing more than 6 ft/lb ME you will need to be in possession of a Firearms Certificate. (FAC) and each gun must be listed on the FAC and its purchase approved in advance by the issuing authority. For airguns below these limits, no form of licence or certificate is required.
Not sure but I believe in Northern Ireland you need an FAC for ALL air guns.
All countries have different legislation for air guns (note I am avoiding the use of the word weapon) eg in Germany, the 'legal' limit is roughly half the England/Wales limit.