Safe handling of air guns

Guidance on safe handling and storage of air guns and air rifles.


Air weapons: a brief guide to safety

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This leaflet is a guide to using and storing your air gun safely and responsibly. It outlines the current law on air weapons and explains what you can do to be a responsible user.

Before you start using your air weapon, you should read this leaflet and familiarise yourself with its contents. For the purposes of this leaflet, references to ‘air weapons’ include air pistols, air guns and air rifles.

Published 16 February 2011
Last updated 2 March 2020 + show all updates
  1. Updated to add accessible html version of the leaflet.

  2. Revised guidance published.

  3. First published.