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Should air rifles be registered and licenced like other fire arms? 

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1 hour ago, gaz 786 said:

Should air rifles be registered and licenced like other fire arms

An air rifle is not a firearm in England unless it is used in a crime.

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OP, what makes you ask the question?

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Well that seems to have answered that one then! 

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As I have had air rifle's of many different makes for over 55 years without any kind of "legal" or any other problem my answer has to be an emphatic no.

 

An air rifle over the statutory 12ft lbs limit has to be held on a FAC ticket now. A sub 12ft lb is ok for plinking, tin can shooting, although some shoot rabbit and also rat with them. Accuracy is required to do this humanly.  A .50 cal big bore 700 ft lbs air rifle can be used for hunting Cape Buffalo in Africa, this .50 cal is the opposite end of the scale to our 12 ft lb max rifle.

 

 

There are an estimated 6 million air rifles in the UK,  (google) and if they were to be registered and licenced, then air pistols would have to be also, another couple of million I suppose. It would be a long and costly job taking years to do, as they would all have to be inspected and logged as are firearms and shotguns.

 

Angel1.

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14 hours ago, Top Cats Hat said:

An air rifle is not a firearm in England unless it is used in a crime.

So what is it before it's used in a crime out of interest? 

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14 hours ago, Top Cats Hat said:

An air rifle is not a firearm in England unless it is used in a crime.

IT most certainly is and they are regulated under the Firearms Act 1968. A firearm is any lethal barrelled weapon which means a barrelled weapon of any description from which a shot, bullet or other missile, with kinetic energy of more than one joule at the muzzle of the weapon, can be discharged.

You can propel the pellet with burning gas, compressed air or a big spring and it's still a firearm.

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On 18/09/2019 at 22:23, Top Cats Hat said:

An air rifle is not a firearm in England unless it is used in a crime.

Beg to differ on that one am 99%sure an air rifle is classed as a fire arm regardless of its calibre.... 

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Air pistols generating more than 6 ft·lbf (8.1 J) and air rifles generating more than 12 ft·lbf (16.2 J) of muzzle energy are legally termed "specifically dangerous firearms".[27] 


As a result, ownership of these air rifles requires the possession of a Firearm Certificate (FAC); however, ownership of such air pistols is prohibited as they are defined as "Prohibited Weapons" under Section 5 of the Firearms Act 1968. (Section 5 Authority is usually only granted to members of the Gun Trade.)
 

Pistols and rifles below these energy levels are still termed firearms and are dealt with under the Firearms Act, but do not require licensing in England and Wales, and may be purchased by anyone over the age of 18.

Pistols and rifles under 0.737 ft·lbf (1 J) are not included under firearms regulations in the UK but do fall under the VCR act.

If you Google if an air gun is a firearm, the top result - The Sun - says:

 

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Any air gun regardless of its power is considered a firearm in law if it is used while committing a criminal offence.

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/7895837/air-gun-law-uk-licence-safety-requirements/

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