New firearm licensing legislation ‘does not go far enough’

A West Lothian woman has attacked new legislation regarding the licensing of airguns, it has been reported.

Jacqueline Jack has stated that changes in the law that came into effect on October 1st do not go far enough and they would not have prevented the death of her brother, who was killed by an airgun last year, the Scotsman reports.

The new legislation brought in by the Scottish parliament raises the minimum age to purchase the firearms to 18 as well as requiring retailers of airguns to be registered firearms dealers and to take the name and address of buyers.

Ms Jack told the newspaper that the man who killed her brother was in his forties and as such the change in the law would not have done anything to protect him – she also questioned the effectiveness of having sellers take the names and addresses of purchasers.

According to the publication, the Scottish National Party administration has called for firearm laws to be devolved to the Scottish parliament.

Under Scottish law, the minimum purchase age for crossbows is also 18, as part of the Custodial Sentences and Weapons Act.