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Help change the law on air gun ownership in England and Wales

07 September 2017

Northern Ireland has led the way in restricting gun ownership. Since 2004, anyone who buys, owns or uses an air weapon is required to have a license. Scotland adopted similar legislation at the start of this year.

Over the last two and a half years, Cats Protection has monitored reports in the press of cats who have been shot with an air gun. During this time Northern Ireland has experienced the lowest incidence of shootings reported in the press compared to other parts of the UK. This suggests that the licensing legislation in Northern Ireland is working.

In 2016 202 cats in the UK were reported in the press as being shot with an air gun. Crucially 90% of these attacks were in England and Wales.

We believe making it illegal to own an air gun without a licence will stop these deadly weapons falling into the wrong hands so easily and reduce the number of cats killed or left with life-changing injuries. 

To find out more and to sign the petition please click the link below!