Membership of Tayside Airgun Club is open to all, providing that legal requirements are met.

Legal Requirements

The law makes no distinction between air rifles and more powerful guns for which a licence is needed and all are classed as Firearms.
This means that any offence committed can carry a very heavy penalty. There are at least 38 different offences.


Air rifles must not exceed 12 foot/lbs muzzle energy.
Air pistols must not exceed 6 foot/lbs muzzle energy.

Under 14 Years

A person under the age of 14 years can use an air rifle under supervision and on private premises with the permission of the occupier.
The person must be supervised by someone of at least 21 years of age.
The person cannot buy, hire or receive an air rifle or ammunition as a gift or shoot without adult supervision.

14 to 17 years

A person can borrow an air rifle and ammunition.
They may use an air rifle without supervision on private premises where permission has been granted.
They cannot buy or hire an air rifle or ammunition or receive one as a gift.
Any air rifle or ammunition must be purchased and looked after by a person over 18 years.
They may have an air rifle in a public place but must be supervised by a person 21 years of age or over, and have a reasonable excuse to do so. (e.g. - On way to/from shooting ground. Rifle must be covered eg in a gun slip)

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

18 years

No restriction on buying an air rifle or ammunition and may use it wherever permission to shoot has been granted.

The term "air rifle" also covers air pistols.

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