Charity Calls For Airgun Licensing

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Charity calls for airgun licensing
9th February 2018

By Sandra Pearce

The RSPCA is calling for mandatory licensing of airguns in England and Wales, saying it received 4,500 calls in five years about attacks on animals using such weapons.

 
The RSPCA has received, on average, 900 calls a year since 2013 reporting incidents of animals being targeted by people using air weapons.
 
Now it wants to see England and Wales follow the lead of Scotland, where airgun owners and users have been required to have a licence since January 1, 2017.
 
Her Majesty’s Senior Coroner for Suffolk, Dr Peter Dean, wrote to the Home Office requesting a review of legislation covering the use and manufacture of air weapons, following the death of a 13-year-old boy in May 2016 after he was accidentally shot with an air weapon.
 
David Bowles, RSPCA assistant director of external affairs, said: “The review around the regulation of air weapons is welcomed by the RSPCA and we hope our submission to the Government will help demonstrate the scale of calls to us every year and remind the Government it is important to protect animals as well as people.”