Airguns can be a potentially lethal weapon. While they don’t fire bullets or use gunpowder, they do fire metal projectiles at high velocity, and if that projectile hits someone in a sensitive area e.g. the eye it can cause serious injury or even death. Always act responsibly when handling an air gun or air rifle.
Q: Are airguns legal in the UK?
A: Airguns are legal to own and use in the UK without a license. However, it is illegal for anyone under 18 to buy their own airgun, air rifle or air pistol. Under 18s are permitted to use air guns provided they are under the supervision of somebody over the age of 21.
Q: Can air guns be used for pest control?
A: Air guns can be used for pest control, but it is important to only shoot at live targets and not to cause unnecessary suffering. Only use them if you are confident that you can make a clean shot if you want to be humane.
Q: Can air guns be used for hunting?
A: Yes, airguns can be used for hunting small game such as rabbits and squirrels. It is important to check the law where you live as there may be restrictions on what types of animals can be hunted with an air gun.
Q: Are air guns safe?
A: Air guns are safe when used responsibly. Always point the air gun in a safe direction and make sure that there is no one in the line of fire. Never shoot at hard surfaces as the projectile can bounce back and hit someone.
Q: What are the consequences of shooting someone with an air gun?
A: The consequences of shooting someone with an air gun will depend on the severity of the injury. If the projectile hits someone in a sensitive area, such as the eye, it could cause blindness or even death. It is also possible to be charged with assault if you injure someone with an air gun.
Q: Is it easy to get an air gun?
A: Yes, air guns are readily available for purchase both online and in stores. There is no need to get a license or permit if you want one. There are no restrictions on ownership unless you are under 18, or you have been to prison.