Visiting Scotland

If you are aged 14 or over and hold a valid firearm and/or shotgun certificate issued in England or Wales that expires after the 30th of December 2016, you won’t need a separate certificate to own or use air weapons while in Scotland.  You can continue to use and possess your air weapons until such times as they expire. 

Persons who are not shotgun or firearm certificate holders or whose certificates were granted or renewed on or after 31 December 2016, will need to apply and possess a visitor’s permit or a full air weapon certificate before bringing their air weapons into Scotland.  

You will have to note that in Scotland, you would need an air weapon certificate or visitor’s permit to purchase an air weapon and walk out the shop with it. To purchase, you could apply for a visitor’s permit, which would give you this option.  

You can buy an air weapon from a Registered Firearms Dealer and have the weapon sent directly to your home country without requiring a permit.  


I AM COMING TO SCOTLAND FROM OUTSIDE THE UK, WHAT DO I NEED TO DO IF I AM INTENDING TO COME INTO SCOTLAND WITH AN AIR WEAPON AND BUYING AN AIR WEAPON WHEN I AM HERE? 

You will need a visitor permit to own, use, buy or acquire air weapons while in Scotland. Visitor permits are issued by Police Scotland.  You can apply for a permit from 1st of July 2016.

You will have to note that in Scotland, you would need an air weapon certificate or visitors permit to purchase an air weapon and walk out the shop with it. To purchase, you could apply for a visitor’s permit, which would give you this option.  

You can buy an air weapon from a Registered Firearms Dealer and have the weapon sent directly to your home country without requiring a permit.  


IF I AM BORROWING AN AIR WEAPON WHEN I AM IN SCOTLAND, DO I NEED A PERMIT?

If you will be shooting under the supervision of an air weapon certificate holder (or firearm or shotgun certificate holder during the transition period) on their own land, or at an approved club or other authorised venue, then you shouldn’t need a permit.  However, if you will be shooting on your own then you will need a visitor permit.


CAN I BRING MY AIR WEAPON FROM NORTHERN IRELAND AS I HAVE A CERTIFICATE THAT COVERS ME THERE?

A Northern Ireland firearm certificate will not allow you to possess an air weapon in Scotland and you will need an air weapon certificate or visitor permit to use, buy or acquire air weapons while in Scotland.  Visitor permits are issued by Police Scotland.  You can apply for a permit after 1 July 2016.


CAN I TAKE MY AIR WEAPON TO NORTHERN IRELAND IF I HOLD A VALID AIR WEAPON CERTIFICATE IN SCOTLAND?

No. Legislation is different in Northern Ireland and you will require to possess a Visitors permit. Specific advice can be provided by the Police Service of Northern Ireland HERE.  


I LIVE IN ENGLAND, DO I NEED A VISITOR PERMIT TO COME TO SCOTLAND TO SHOOT MY AIR WEAPON?

If you currently have a firearm or shotgun certificate that expires after the 30th of December 2016, you can continue to use and possess your air weapons until such times as they expire. After this period, you will need to apply and possess a visitor’s permit or a full air weapon certificate before bringing your air weapons into Scotland.  

A person who does not hold a shotgun or firearm certificate would require to have an air weapon certificate or a visitor permit to visit Scotland after 30 December 2016.


CAN I APPLY FOR AN AIR WEAPON CERTIFICATE IF I DO NOT STAY IN SCOTLAND?

Yes you can. 


DO I APPLY TO MY OWN LICENSING AUTHORITY OR IS IT POLICE SCOTLAND? 

It will be Police Scotland

CAN I TAKE MY AIR WEAPONS TO ENGLAND OR WALES?

The Air Weapon and Licensing (Scotland) Act 2015 does not apply to England and Wales hence you may possess/use an air weapon in England and Wales without having a visitor permit or an air weapon certificate. That said, clearly you would require to have a licence or visitor permit to have them in Scotland in the first place.

CAN I STILL APPLY FOR GROUP PERMITS IN RESPECT OF AIR WEAPONS?

A person may apply for visitor permits on behalf of a group of up to 20 people – for example, a school or club.  In the case of groups, any or all individuals may be granted, or refused, a permit to use and possess air weapons.  The decision not to grant to one or more individual(s) in the group, detracts in no way from those persons who meet the qualifying criteria and are granted a permit. A group application does not permit the purchase or acquisition of further weapons.