THANKS, RUSS

Airgun World - - Points Of You -

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.

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