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The Air Weapons Licensing (Exemptions) (Scotland) Regulations 2016

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1.  These Regulations may be cited as the Air Weapons Licensing (Exemptions) (Scotland) Regulations 2016 and come into force on 31st December 2016.

Amendment of schedule 1 of the Air Weapons and Licensing (Scotland) Act 2015

2.  In schedule 1 of the Air Weapons and Licensing (Scotland) Act 2015 (exemptions), after paragraph 18 insert—

Use or possession of air weapons on service premises

19.(1) It is not an offence under section 2(1) for an individual to use or possess an air weapon without holding an air weapon certificate if—

(a)the individual is under the supervision of a person in the armed forces of Her Majesty, and

(b)the use or possession occurs while the individual is on service premises.

(2) In this paragraph—

“armed forces” means naval, military or air services,

“service premises” means premises, including any ship or aircraft, used for any purpose of the armed forces of Her Majesty.

Use or possession of air weapons on Ministry of Defence Police premises

20.(1) It is not an offence under section 2(1) for an individual to use or possess an air weapon without holding an air weapon certificate if—

(a)the individual is under the supervision of a member of the Ministry of Defence Police, and

(b)the use or possession occurs while the individual is—

(i)on premises used for any purpose of the Ministry of Defence Police, and

(ii)being trained or assessed in the use of air weapons.

(2) In this paragraph, “a member of the Ministry of Defence Police” means a person appointed on the nomination of the Secretary of State under section 1 of the Ministry of Defence Police Act 1987(1)..

MICHAEL MATHESON

A member of the Scottish Government

St Andrew’s House,

Edinburgh

13th December 2016

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