Saturday 31st December 2016, is the date from which it becomes an offence to use, possess, purchase or acquire an air weapon in Scotland without holding an air weapon certificate.

Around 18,000 air weapons have been surrendered since the summer and now Police Scotland have warned that anyone who still has one and wishes to keep it must apply for a licence.

They say: “We are currently processing around 7000 applications that were applied for before 31 Oct 2016.

"Anyone who applied after this date or who does not have their certificate by now, must make arrangements to have their air weapon(s) stored in a safe and appropriate place as per legislation:

- With someone who has an air weapon, firearm or shotgun certificate;
- With a registered firearms dealer.”

More info is available here