Air gun amnesty com­ing to an end

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

Ruther­glen MSP Clare Haughey has high­lighted a Po­lice Scot­land amnesty on un­li­censed air guns – and urged those who do not in­tend to have their weapon li­censed to make use of the amnesty, which ends on Sun­day.

The scheme has al­ready seen thou­sands of weapons handed in to po­lice sta­tions across Scot­land.

The Air Weapons and Li­cens­ing ( Scot­land) Act comes fully into force in De­cem­ber this year and will make it an of­fence, from July 2016, for a per­son who owns an air weapon not to have a li­cence for it.

Ms Haughey said: “I am en­cour­aged by the re­sponse from the pub­lic to this air weapon amnesty, which has led to 2,000 weapons be­ing taken off our streets.

“From July this year new leg­is­la­tion will re­quire ev­ery­one who has an air weapon to have a li­cence to keep it – this is to en­sure that such weapons are only ever used in a safe and re­spon­si­ble way.

“I would en­cour­age any­one who owns an air gun, but does not in­tend to li­cense it, to take ad­van­tage of this amnesty and hand the weapon in to a des­ig­nated po­lice sta­tion.”

Gen­er­a­tion gap Bankhead’s youngest pupil, Robyn Sykes and old­est pupil, Ai­den McNeil were joined by a drum­mer and a piper as well as head teacher Gerry Hamill, Coun­cil­lor De­nis McKenna and Lynn Sherry, the coun­cil’s head of ed­u­ca­tion

Sign of the times From left, Bankhead pupils James Mur­ray, Josh Pater­son, Ash­ley Ogiemwense, David Greer, Marc Bain and Sam Bradley

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