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Licensing of Air Weapons

Air weapons are not licensed in England and Wales, but have restrictions on their sale.

Air guns, air rifles and air pistols are exempt from the certification requirement if they are not of a type declared 'specially dangerous' by legislation.

An air weapon will be deemed to be 'specially dangerous' if the following applies:

  • Air pistol: The missile discharged from the muzzle has a kinetic energy in excess of 6 foot lbs. An air pistol that exceeds this limit is a prohibited firearm and cannot be licensed
  • Air rifle: The missile discharged from the muzzle has a kinetic energy in excess of 12 foot lbs. Any air rifles that exceed this limit must be held on a firearms licence

It is illegal to sell an air rifle or ammunition to a person under 18 years of age.