There are various options available to you before the legislation takes effect on 31 December 2016:
• If you wish to sell the air weapon, you could contact a registered firearms dealer who could buy it or sell it on your behalf.
• If you wish to sell it on and have a buyer available immediately to you, you should ensure that the buyer is authorised to hold an air weapon under the legislation, before the sale is undertaken.
• If you wish to sell it, but do not have a buyer available, you can apply for a police permit to hold it for a short period which will allow you time to find a buyer or consider next steps.
• If you wish to have the air weapon destroyed, you can hand your unwanted air weapon to any police office in Scotland. Police Scotland will then have the weapon destroyed
I WANT TO GIVE MY AIR WEAPON AWAY, WHAT ARE MY RESPONSIBILITIES?
You should make all attempts to ensure that the air weapon does not fall into the hands of those who would misuse the air weapon. After the 30th of December 2016, you will have to apply for an air weapon licence or a permit to continue to hold on to it until you can dispose of it.
I KNOW THE OFFICIAL SURRENDER PERIOD TO THE POLICE IS OVER, CAN I STILL HAND IT IN?
Yes you can. Even though the surrender period is over, police offices will always accept surrendered weapons of any kind and arrange for their destruction.
It may a good idea to phone ahead to your local police office to ensure it is open and they will be able to provide specific advice and may arrange to have specially trained officers who will be to accept and make safe surrendered air weapons. Remember if you are transporting a weapon in public ensure it is adequately covered to prevent causing alarm to members of the public.
I WILL HAVE TO GET RID OF MY AIR WEAPONS, IS THERE ANY COMPENSATION AVAILABLE?
There is no compensation for people who need to dispose of their air weapons. This was never set down in legislation.
If you must dispose of your air weapons, it may be better to sell them to someone authorised to possess them, such as an air weapon certificate holder or a Registered Firearms Dealer.