Q744: What is the law relating to shooting air weapons?
- There is an exemption to requiring a section 1 firearms certificate in relation to certain air weapons (see Q326).
- An air weapon can be used on private premises providing the prior consent of the owner/occupier is obtained
(subject to age restrictions - see Q325).
- It is an offence for anyone shooting / supervising on private premises to allow the missile fired to go beyond the boundary of those premises.
- An air weapon can also be used at a shooting club or gallery (Fair ground).
- It is an offence for anyone to have an air weapon (whether loaded or unloaded) in a public place without lawful authority or reasonable excuse.
- It is an offence to discharge a firearm within 50ft of the centre of the highway if by doing so a person using the highway is injured, interrupted or endangered.