I really appreciated Russ Douglas’ article on the Scottish AWL in your March edition and very much look forward to the promised follow-up report. Being new to the sport last year, it was painful to shell out the cost of a decent beginner air rifle in order to obtain a licence for both my son and I before being able equip ourselves. This is not exactly encouraging new blood into the sport.
It seems to me that regulation would be better handled by a representative body, such BASC, but even that seems unnecessary because simply making it a requirement to be a member of a club would allow law-abiding airgunners to police our own sport and not further burden our already overstretched police force. CRAIG BROCK
Russ replies: Thanks very much for your email, Craig. I did a fair bit of research and wanted to bring all our readers, both north and south of the border, up to speed on what licensing has meant to responsible shooters, and to our gun shops. Airgun Licensing part 2 – the effect on Scottish gun shops – was in the April edition, and as a follow-up, part 3 is in the May edition, which you should have by now.
I hope I’ve given my fellow readers an interesting peek into an alternative kind of shooting, and the different legislation it involves. Through the research, I’ve also discovered that the police up here in the north-east of Scotland/Aberdeenshire were not aware of quite a bit of the legislation, so I’ve helped bring them up to speed, too. I hope you and your son enjoy your shooting. – Russ
Russ Douglas has put in some serious time and effort to unravel the complexities of Scottish airgun legislation.