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Air Weapons and Licensing (Scotland) Act 2015

Section 40 – Interpretation of Part 1

131.This section provides definitions for various terms used throughout the Part.

132.Subsections (4) and (5) provide that where terms used in the Part are the same as those used in existing UK firearms legislation then the jurisprudence of the courts on interpretation of those terms in the existing UK firearms legislation applies equally to those terms when used in the Act. The effect of this is to ensure that common terms are interpreted consistently across the Act and the wider body of firearms legislation.

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