31 Aug 2016 – Despite a heavy publicity campaign resulting in 1,000 airgun licence applications being received, Police Scotland has issued just six of them.
The success rate – barely 0.6% – was disclosed in a freedom of information request made to a UKSN reader.
The figures ran from 1st July, when applications could be submitted, to 30th July. 1,089 applications were received by the single police force north of the border.
Disclosure of the figures will raise fresh fears over both the manning levels of Police Scotland’s firearms enquiry teams and the political will to see airguns banned by the back door.
Similar abuses of licensing powers have occurred in England, albeit in non-firearms-related fields. Hackney council has a ‘nil’ policy on new ‘sexual entertainment venues’, despite there being no power in venue licensing law for them to impose a blanket ban.