Air Weapons Surrender Scheme

Important information regarding air weapon applications

From 31 December 2016, it will be an offence to use, possess, purchase or acquire an air weapon in Scotland, without holding an air weapon certificate, though if you are an existing firearm or shotgun certificate holder after this date, you will still be able to use and possess air weapons, until your firearm or shotgun certificate expires. 

The deadline for air weapon applications being processed before the new laws are introduced on 31 December 2016, have now passed, and in line with legislation for the application process, (Section 4 of the Air Weapons and Licensing (Scotland) Act 2015 (Commencement No. 3 and Transitional Provisions) Order 2016, it is anticipated that all applications for an air weapon certificate, which were received by Police Scotland after 31 October 2016, will not be processed or granted until 2017, which is after the new legislation takes effect.

Please be advised that any person who has applied for an air weapon certificate after 31 October 2016, which has not been granted by 31 December 2016, will be committing an offence unless one of the following measures are taken, while awaiting the new certificate and authorisation being granted.

  1. Store your air weapon with someone who has an Air Weapon Certificate.
  2. Store your air weapon with someone who has a current Firearm or Shotgun Certificate.
  3. Store your air weapon with a Registered Firearms Dealer.

If your air weapon application was submitted after 31 October 2016, you are advised to make one of these alternative arrangements at your earliest opportunity and before 31 December 2016.

Should you not wish to keep your air weapon you can continue to hand it in to the police for surrender and destruction.

Should you have any query in respect of this matter, please do not hesitate to contact the Air Weapons Licensing Team on 01786 896130 or e-mail at AirWeaponandLicensingProject@scotland.pnn.police.uk.

The new Air Weapons and Licensing (Scotland) Act will:

  • Clearly define the air weapons which will be subject to licensing
  • Broadly follow the principles and practises of existing firearms legislations
  • Enable a fit person to obtain a licence to own, possess and shoot an air weapon in a regulated way without compromising public safety
  • Ensure appropriate enforcement of the new regime with robust offences and penalties to deal with any person who contravenes the regime

Local Police divisions have designated Police Offices where specially trained officers will be on hand to accept and make safe surrendered air weapons. If you would like to find out more about your local Police Office to surrender an air weapon, please select your division below.

To contact any of the offices listed in the above pages contact us by dialing 101

The opening hours are subject to operational procedure.

Surrendering Your Air Weapon

The below video shows the simple procedure of how you can hand in your air weapon. There are various locations where you can hand it in and these can be found in the divisional pages.  By 31st December 2016 you'll need to surrender your air weapon or license it.


Useful tips to filling out the form

When filling out the form there are some things you will need to consider:

  • Remember to have your form verified and signed,
  • Provide a valid email address as we may need to get in touch with you,
  • Provide specific details of the security of the weapon, i.e. where you are storing it,
  • Do not send payment until you have been contacted by Police Scotland,
  • You should provide a passport type photograph.

For more information visit the Scottish Government's Air Weapons and Licensing (Scotland) Act page.

Listen below to a victim's story who was shot by an air weapon.