October 2014

Air Weapons and Licensing (Scotland) Bill

The licensing law committee submitted written evidence at stage 1 of the parliamentary process at the end of September.  The bill is far reaching and covers a number of areas, including the licensing of alcohol, scrap metal dealers and air weapons.  The committee suggests that as it stands the proposals for air weapon licensing will not have the desired effect of the cutting down air weapon crime, as the licence will cover the person, not the weapon, and will not provide for the individual listing of each single item.  The committee also comments on the missed opportunity the bill had to address some long standing issues surrounding the transfer of premises licenses, particularly when a tenant disappears leaving the premises closed, and the introduction of a time limit for alcohol licence applications, which it welcomes, however states that the proposed 9 month time limit is too long. 

The full response can be found on our website