Want to go air rifle shooting but unsure whether it is legal? This article is for you. Today we are going to be discussing who can and can’t shoot air rifles, with the ultimate aim of allowing more people to abide by the law. Keep on reading to find out who can and cannot shoot…

18 years of age or older

If you are aged 18 or above there are no restrictions on you buying an air rifle and you can do so as you wish. You can also use your air rifle wherever you want to as long as you have permission.

14 – 17 years of age

If you are between the ages of 14 and 17 you are allowed to borrow and air rifle and ammunition from someone else. You can also use air rifles without having to have supervision as long as you are on private premises if you have permission of the land owner.

If you are between the ages of 14 and 17 however you cannot buy or hire an air rifle or ammunition, and also you cannot receive one as a gift. You can only use air rifles that are owned and kept by someone who is 18 years or older – Typically parents or guardians.

14 years of age or younger

If you are younger than 14 years of age you can use an air rifle under supervision on private premises with permission from the occupier, generally the owner or the tenant of land. When shooting air rifles under the age of 14 the person supervising must be in excess of 21 years of age.

When under 14 it is illegal for you to buy, hire or receive an air rifle or ammunition for it as a gift or shoot without adult supervision. Adults that purchase air rifles intending people aged under 14 to use them must have total control over them at all times, whether at home, in the garden or further afield.

What’s next?

Now you know who and who cannot buy and shoot air rifles and under what circumstances, you have no excuse to ignore the law. Air rifle shooting can be fun and rewarding but you need to be sure that everything that you are doing is legal and allowed.

If you have any further questions or require any other information regarding air rifle shooting we highly recommend that you talk to your local air rifle supplier who should be more than happy to help you.

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