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Legal age to buy and shoot an air rifle

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by CarlC, Jun 5, 2007.

  1. CarlC

    CarlC Member

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    What`s the legal age to buy and shoot an air rifle?

    I thought it was 17 , but i was just reading a air gun shop website and it say both 17 and 18 and i`m confused as to which one it is.
    Can someone help me on this please

    thanks

    CarlC
     
  2. custom100

    custom100 Well-Known Member

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    at this moment in time it is possible for a 17 year old to buy an air rifle/ pistol, however the law is about to change to 18.. i,m not sure when this comes into effect but as soon as i do the date will be posted on here. hope this helps
     
  3. CarlC

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    Yer it does thanks.
    So what happens when it changes and i`ve already brought an air rifle?
    Does that mean that i can`t use it?
     
  4. Andy

    Andy Administrative Staff Member Founder

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    No you can use an air rifle from 14 just not buy one.
     
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    So to clear things up i can buy an air rifle now while the law says it`s 17 and then when it changes to 18 i can still carry it to and from a shoot and use it unsupervised by an adult at age 17.
     
  6. magicaxeman

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    yes it is presently 17, but is going up to 18 when the new laws come in, this is expected to happen around the end of october this year.

    This site explains things better than I can and is the met's own site..

    http://www.met.police.uk/firearms-enquiries/airguns1.htm

    There would be one issue for you under the new law as its intended to not only change the age at which you may by or have bought for you but also the age at which you may carry in a public place.
    If that happens then you like anyone currently under 17 will have to get someone older to transport the gun to a shoot.
     

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