Air gun Law in England.
(The Law in Scotland and Northern Ireland LAW is different)
Airgun law - Any shop selling you an airgun must be a Registered Firearms Dealer. The transaction must be face to face. So you must go into the shop or if you want to purchase on line then you must collect the gun from another Firearms Dealer near you. The gun can not be posted to your address.
This restriction only applies to airguns and silencers, not to scopes, mounts or any of the huge range of airgun related accessories and airgun pellets available from us. It does not apply to private airgun sales.
Who can buy/purchase and shoot/use an airgun
If you are 18 years or older there are no restrictions on buying an air rifle and ammunition, and you can use it where you have permission to shoot. (Providing you are not prohibited from owning a firearm, i.e. you have been to prison for more than 3 months custodial sentence and therefore prohibited).
- borrow an air rifle and ammunition
- use an air rifle, without supervision, on private premises where you have permission
- buy or hire an air rifle, or ammunition, or receive one as a gift. Your air rifle and ammunition must be bought and looked after by someone over 18 – normally your parent, guardian or some other responsible adult.
- have an air rifle in a public place unless you are supervised by somebody aged 21 or over, and you have a reasonable excuse to do so (for example, while on the way to a shooting ground).
Under 14 years
- use an air rifle under supervision on private premises with permission from the occupier - normally the owner or tenant. The person who supervises you must be at least 21 years old.
- buy, hire or receive an air rifle or its ammunition as a gift, or shoot, without adult supervision.
Parents or guardians who buy an air rifle for use by someone under 14 must exercise control over it at all times, even in the home or garden.
It is illegal to sell an air rifle or ammunition to a person under 18 years of age.
Airguns must always be transported in securely-fastened cases that do not permit the airgun to be fired whilst in the case.
Airgunners between 14 and 18 years of age are not allowed to transport an airgun to a range or place to shoot. These shooters must be accompanied and supervised by someone of 21 years or above. It is illegal to have an airgun loaded or not, in a public place without lawful authority or reasonable excuse. This restriction applies to all airguns, even those that are being carried in securely-fastened gun cases. So you must be on your way to a range, gun shop, place to shoot or have some other lawful excuse.
The maximum Airgun power you can have without a firearms licence
Air rifles must be under 12ft.lb and for Co2 and Air pistols the limit is under 6ft.lb. For rifles above this you require a Firearms Certificate (FAC). Air pistols that produce more than 6ft.lb are prohibited.
More on maximum power for you airgun, How to calculate power and Maximum velocities
Where Can I shoot / use my airgun
It is legal for anyone above the age of 14 to shoot unsupervised an airgun (air rifle or air pistol) on private land where full permission to shoot has been given.
Those below the age of 14 may shoot airguns only if closely supervised by someone over 21 years of age. The supervising adult is legally responsible for the actions of the junior shooter.
You can only shoot Airguns on land where the user has full permission to shoot. This may be your garden, or private land owned or leased by an individual or club (Such as Christchurch Gun Club, TAL Shooters airgun club, Hurn Gun Club, Parkstone Gun Club, Ferndown Gun Club and other clubs).
Wherever you shoot
You must ensure that all of your pellets remain within the boundary of the land on which your shooting permission applies. Example - If you are shooting in your garden you must make sure the pellets do not go into your neighbours garden unless you have permission from them.
It is NOT Legal, It is illegal, You can not under Airgun law
To shoot an airgun on any land, including common land, river banks, public land, recreation areas or playing fields and land covered by water, i.e. lakes, ponds, canals and rivers where you do not have full permission from the lands owner or its tenant. It is also illegal to fire an airgun closer than 50 feet (15 metres) from the centre of a public highway, bridleway or footpath, if your shooting causes upset or inconvenience to those using the highway.
It is legal for persons authorised by the landowner or tenant to carry out vermin control with an air rifle. The legal airgun quarry species include brown rats, magpies, carrion crows, rooks, jays, squirrels, wood-pigeons, feral pigeons and collared doves. Other species, such as lesser black backed gulls, herring gulls and greater black backed gulls are best left to professional pest controllers.
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