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Are BB guns illegal in the UK?


BB guns shoot small metal balls that can cause broken bones, but are legal to own in the UK as long as the people who own them follow the instructions.

This is what we know about what a BB gun there are also laws regarding ownership of them.


BB guns are legal in the UK but there is legislation regarding them

What is a BB gun?

A BB gun is a type of air gun that fires small round metal balls called BBs.

The term is often used incorrectly to describe airsoft guns that fire plastic pellets that are larger in size but much less dense than metal pellets.

BBs are usually made of steel and, while rarely fatal, can injure bystanders.

Eye protection is recommended when using near hard surfaces such as walls.

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Are BB guns illegal in the UK?

BB guns are legal in the Great Britain but there are some laws concerning them.

The Firearms Act 1968 states: “An imitation firearm is anything that has the appearance of a firearm, whether capable of firing a shot, bullet or other projectile.”

To comply with the Violent Crime Reduction Act of 2006, these weapons must have more than 51% of the exterior material be brightly colored or clear plastic.

This is to help people distinguish it from a real gun, which is illegal to own in the UK.

The minimum age to purchase a BB gun is 18.

No weapon may be carried in public except when in transit. In addition, the gun should be placed in a bag so that it is not visible.

What firearms are banned in the UK?

It is illegal to own a gun in the UK.

It was a law created after The 1996 Dunblane school massacre.

There have been only five fatal mass shootings of civilians throughout history Great Britainbut measures are being taken to prevent this from happening again.

In the UK it is illegal to own most firearms without a licence.

Those who use firearms for hunting or shooting, such as rifles and shotguns, must be licensed to use them.


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