Shooting groups have criticised sensationalist media coverage in Scotland after a BB gun was reportedly used in a shooting near a school in East Ayrshire.

Two teenagers have appeared in court and a third youth has been arrested in connection with the incident, in which 11 children were reported to have suffered minor injuries. With a bill currently being debated in Westminster which would see the Scottish Parliament given jurisdiction over the control of airguns, shooters north of the Border are now concerned that unnecessary and restrictive conditions could be imposed upon their sport.

BASC?s director of communications Christopher Graffius told Shooting Times: ?Given the exaggerated and alarmist reporting, it is difficult not to conclude that this incident is being used for propaganda and political effect by those politicians unscrupulous enough to jump on the bandwagon of the tabloid campaign against legitimate airguns in Scotland.?

The rest of this article appears in 2nd March issue of Shooting Times.

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