Talk:Firearms policy in the United Kingdom

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Gun control template[edit]

Per this discussion on the template talk page, I am removing the Gun politics by country template from this article, and this article from the template, because the article is not about politics. Scolaire (talk) 16:23, 4 September 2016 (UTC)

Disputed content[edit]

Nick Cooper wishes to add:

Airsoft and BB guns are required to be two-tone (at least 51% of the gun must be painted in a "non-realistic" colour, also known as an imitation firearm). Airsoft or other soft air guns firing plastic BBs do not require any kind of licence, and are not controlled by the state, or by local police forces, but cannot be sold to any person under the age of 18. If a person under the stated age wants to train with, use, or fire the gun, they must be accompanied by an adult.

This is unsourced personal observation and I dispute its relevance and significance. In order not to qualify as WP:SYN we would need reliable independent sources identifying this as an issue related to firearms policy, since BB guns are not lethal. Holding a plastic BB gun in public (out of protective casing and/or safety mode) is illegal, but not treated as a serious case.

It is illegal to sell realistic imitation firearms (RIFs - items which resemble real firearms). However, a seller can provide a legal defence against prosecution for the sale of a RIF, if the seller can prove that the purchaser has a valid reason for wanting to own one (i.e. for airsoft skirmishing, as a film prop or for re-enacting). Even though the process is not nearly as strictly controlled as in the case of a real firearm; to obtain an realistic looking airsoft or other plastic BB gun for skirmishing, etc., the buyer must have a valid defence such as being able to prove that they are a regular airsoft skirmisher at an insured airsoft site. A valid defense for owning an airsoft RIF can be obtained from a UK Airsoft Retailers Association licence (UKARA). The UKARA will allow players to purchase their own imitation weapons.

This is a marvellous advertisement for UKARA but without reliable independent sources we have no indication whether this is the only or most significant organisation doing this. It also violates WP:HOWTO. Guy (Help!) 18:19, 4 November 2016 (UTC)

I agree completely that information like this requires sources. Felsic2 (talk) 21:11, 5 November 2016 (UTC)