In the UK gun ownership is a privilege not a right. Firearms are heavily regulated. Not all guns can be licensed. Individuals seeking to own guns that can be licenced are vetted and approved by the police.

Air weapons discharge a projectile by means of compressed air or carbon dioxide. Low-powered air weapons are commonly possessed for target shooting and for vermin control. There have been long standing concerns about the safe use of air weapons. Members of the sport shooting community argue that the current legislative framework is strong enough to police their use.

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