Just been reading the proposal for registering air guns in Scotland. People are saying it will be unworkable but I don’t see it any different to the licensing laws for any other firearm. They can just add it to the SGC scheme and handle it in exactly the same way.
They won’t of course, they will fiddle and tweak and in the end there will be a new scheme specific to air guns as part of a FAC. I can see their generosity as they leave air pistols available for the plebs, at first anyway, until in a few years there have been some incidents and the sheep will start to make too much noise and air pistols will follow pistols and be added to the Cat 5 list. A Cat 5 air pistol is beyond parody but in our socialist nightmare I can see it as a reality.
I can even see them making it two tier. Tier one up to 12ft/lb and Tier two, the more restricted one over 12ft/lb. A similar scheme with pistols at the 6ft/lb barrier.
The aspects I am interested in though are;
1) How many will get registered of the millions that are out there
2) How will they handle foreigners who bring them into Scotland by accident.
The first will show what people think about the law. I doubt even 10% will comply. Many will be caught over the next few decades as they empty loved ones lofts, garages and sheds and come across old and broken toys. Such is the price for a heavy handed government.
The second is more of interest to us as in the United Kingdom our laws have been pretty much consistent. This paves the way for some poor sap, like me, to leave an air rifle or pistol in the car, drive to Scotland to go hunting with a 308 and then find myself nicked for having an unlicensed air gun.
I wonder though how long though before airsoft and similar guns go the same way. After all I have no doubt someone’s eye has already been lost to Nerfs and the like. It seems the ease of use and sheer look of a gun is what frightens people and no-one seem to be frightened of crossbows, bows or catapults yet although they have had their share of death and maiming. The sheep are very easily led.
It is best for us to prepare though. When they raise the spectre of registration then you need to either decide to register and pay the tax or you need to get rid of the item.