A major transfer of power from Westminster to the Scottish Parliament, including the power to set air rifle legislation, came a step closer last month, as a new Scotland Bill was laid before the UK Parliament.

Secretary of State for Scotland Michael Moore explained that the legislation, which takes forward the recommendations of the Calman Commission on Scottish Devolution, will see the transfer of various functions from Westminster, including the power to set legislation on the control of airguns.

Mr Moore said the new responsibilities would mean more flexibility for Scotland?s police forces by allowing them ?to create national strategies to keep Scots safe when it comes to air weapons?. Though now giving Scotland responsibility for airguns, Westminster will remain in control of the power to license other types of firearms.

The rest of this article appears in 8th December issue of Shooting Times.

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