The Scottish Government has confirmed that it will soon introduce a regulation scheme that will license new airguns purchased in Scotland.

The statement by justice secretary Kenny MacAskill followed his meeting with the parents of Andrew Morton, the toddler who died after being shot by an air rifle in 2005.

Mr MacAskill said: ?We have a long-standing commitment to address the misuse of air weapons and we will bring forward legislation to regulate their ownership and use at the earliest possible opportunity.

?We are working with the [Scottish Firearms] Consultative Committee to ensure that we take on board the legitimate use of air rifles by those who have to deal with pests and control vermin, and those who are members of legitimate, authorised sporting clubs.?

The rest of this article appears in the 30th May issue of Shooting Times.

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