Reduction in gun crime welcomed

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THE SCOTTISH Countryside Alliance (SCA) has welcomed the major reduction in gun crime in Scotland, particularly involving air weapons. They believe existing measures to protect the public are working well.

Jamie Stewart, SCA director commented: “Subjecting airgun owners to stricter controls will involve a massive bureaucratic effort and take police off the streets to deal with the paperwork and enforcement of a law which will not accelerate the welcome downwards trend. New regulations will only penalise legitimate gun owners.

“Criminals will breathe a sigh of relief if new laws sidetrack police attention towards thousands of law-abiding rural Scots who use airguns for pest control and sport.”