Government plans airgun rule change for teenagers

the Home Office is proposing to ban 14-to-17-year-olds from using airguns unsupervised. The plan is in the Home Office’s firearms safety consultation. 

The proposal will see teenagers only being able to undertake pest control or target practice when in the presence of someone over the age of 21, and will have an impact on thousands of young shots.

BASC has launched a campaign to try to get policing minister Kit Malthouse to change his mind – and you can take part.

BASC’s director of firearms Bill Harriman said: “We have launched this campaign to raise awareness of what we believe to be an unnecessary and damaging proposal. There is no body of evidence to justify removing the exception and if the proposal is successful it will have serious ramifications for the wider shooting community.”

The consultation ends on 16 February 2021 and BASC is urging its members to spare five minutes to complete the online survey form with their response. Click here for BASC’s recommended answers to the survey, click here for the survey itself, and click here for BASC’s full response to the consultation.

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