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Air Weapons and Licensing (Scotland) Act 2015

Main Purposes of the Act

3.The Act introduces a system of licensing for air weapons in Scotland. The Act creates a number of new offences related to possession, use and acquisition of air weapons by persons who do not hold a licence or do not act in accordance with the licensing regime. The Act also sets out the framework through which the Police Service of Scotland may grant an air weapon licence to appropriate individuals.

4.The Act will give local authorities the power to regulate sexual entertainment venues in their areas. The Act also amends the licensing regimes in relation to alcohol licensing, taxis and private hire cars, metal dealers, as well as making systematic changes across the civic licensing regimes contained within the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 (“the 1982 Act”).

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Text created by the Scottish Government to explain what the Act sets out to achieve and to make the Act accessible to readers who are not legally qualified. Explanatory Notes were introduced in 1999 and accompany all Acts of the Scottish Parliament except those which result from Budget Bills.


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