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Advice UKARA licence

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by Holty, Apr 13, 2014.

  1. Holty

    Holty Member

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    Hi I'm new to this forum and to air BB guns, I have just bought from an outdoor shop, an all black steel firing BB gun it's FPS is 443 it looks like a real firearm, I am very confused now because the first question I asked the shop owner was do I need a licence, which he replied no, you just need to be over 18 and to write my name and address in a book,

    after looking on the internet at accessories etc all the shops say that you need a ukara licence after attending three or more skirmish games?

    was the shop wrong breaking the law? Or can I go to a shop again and buy a gun non two tone?
    ps sorry I have probably posted this in the wrong place and broke forum rules
    but I need help
  2. Jfrwhite

    Jfrwhite Posting Addict

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    As far as I am aware, the UKARA licence is to do with air soft guns? They fire (I think) 6mm plastic bb only, not steel. You can go and buy another, non two tone BB gun no problem without a licence assuming it is not air soft and does not exceed 6ftlb of energy.
  3. Jfrwhite

    Jfrwhite Posting Addict

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    Just had a quick search and in summary this is what I understand the laws to mean regarding airsoft and other airguns:

    Airsoft guns are classed as imitation firearms as they do not fire at a high enough power. You need to be a member of an airsoft club (3 skirmishes within 2 months and a minimum of 2 months membership) or you could be a film producer, a member of a licenced historical reenactment group or acting on behalf of a museum to be able to buy an imitation firearm that is not two tone/ brightly coloured. Anyone over 18 can purchase a two time/brightly coloured one. (Although it has to be purchased by an adult, a two tone gun can be given to and kept by a child!)

    Steel firing BB guns (and pellet firers) fire at a higher power and are therefore classed as a firearm. The law states that an air pistol can be owned (unless certain legal exclusions apply - eg you've done a certain amount of porridge) as long as it doesn't exceed 6ftlb of energy.

    As I say, that's my understanding of it. Hope that helps
    Last edited: Apr 14, 2014
  4. r10hunter

    r10hunter Honorary Member

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    Hi, the law all revolves around if a gun can cause a lethal injury to a human or not. Confusingly a gun can be an airsoft gun and a firearm if it has enough power.

    You have purchased what is a lethal barreled weapon in law. So it is classed as a firearm and governed by the firearms act.

    Weapons that do not reach the lethality threshold are governed by the VCR act. Some of these weapons (airsoft) are the weapons that are controlled under the ukara scheme.

    The below explains how to tell the difference between an air pistol ( a firearm) and an airsoft pistol ( not a firearm) in law.

    From firearms guidance to the police 2013.
    2.5 Testing has been conducted by the Forensic Science Service on the actual lethality thresholds for airsoft BB 6 mm plastic pellets (0.2 grams). This work has become necessary in the light of the Violent Crime Reduction Act since a greater focus has been given to differentiating between realistic imitation firearms (often used for airsoft skirmishing) and firearms above the lethality threshold that would fall to be considered low powered airguns (or Section 5 (1) (a) prohibited weapons if capable of fully automatic fire).
    2.6 Based on that work, we think it is safe to conclude that fully automatic airsoft guns operating at 1.3 joules or less and single shot (or semi automatic) airsoft guns operating
    at 2.5 joules or less would not engage the lethality threshold crossing over into stricter controls under the Firearms Act.

    You are fine target shooting in your garden with your new gun as long as a bb does not leave your garden. ( build a pellet trap of some sort)
    Don't shoot at things that can cause ricochets like tins, hard wood, bricks, etc.
    You must lock your gun away so children can't get hold of it while you are not using it according to the law.
    Enjoy your new gun. And welcome to the forum.
    Cheers Andy
    Last edited: Apr 14, 2014

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