Tuesday, 17 February 2015

New licensing regime to ensure robust controls on air weapons.

New legislation to tighten access to air weapons in Scotland and other measures to improve public safety has been announced today.

The Air Weapons and Licensing (Scotland) Bill, brought forward by Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill and published today in Parliament, sets out new proposals for a range of licensing issues including air weapons.

Alongside air weapons, the Licensing Bill also includes provisions covering:

Scrap metal dealers - clamping down on metal thef through a tighter licensing regime for scrap metal dealers, including new rules that will prevent payments in cash
Alcohol creation of new offences of giving, or making available, alcohol to a child or young person for consumption in a public place
Sexual entertainment venues – a new licensing regime for lap dancing venues that will allow greater local control over the number and operation of these venues
Civic – introduction of a new role of Civic Licensing Standards Officer to help enforce civic licensing regimes.

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