Tighter control for air rifles

AIR weapons have now come under tighter control following a change in the law last week.

Anyone possessing an air weapon must secure it to prevent anyone under the age of 18 from gaining unauthorised access to it.

Holders of air weapons need to immediately assess where they are kept and, if they have young people living in the house or visiting at any time, they will need to ensure the gun is safely out of harm’s way. This can be done by locking it away and ensuring the keys are kept secure to any cupboard or cabinet, or by fixing a locking device on the gun itself.

Helen Wilkie, firearms licensing manager for Lincolnshire Police, said: “This change in the law shows a commonsense approach in this day and age to the safe possession of air weapons.

“We welcome the fact that there is now legislation in place which air weapon owners have to comply with.”

She added: “It will contribute towards making Lincolnshire an even safer place to live in.”

l For information on the best ways to secure air weapons contact the Lincolnshire Police Firearms Licensing Department on 01522 558533 or email group-firearmslicensingdept@lincs.pnn.police.uk .