Airsoft is an entertainment industry that is growing at a massive rate in the UK, and is becoming more popular than paintball. This country needs industry, and if airsoft sites and shops springing up all over the place can help generate local revenue, then that can only be a good thing. This government wants to help support small businesses. They can start by letting an increasingly popular entertainment industry grow without the hindrance of pointless, ineffective and impotent laws surrounding realistic imitation firearms.
Repeal the laws on buying Realistic Imitation Firearms.
The Violent Crime Reduction Act was yet again another knee-jerk reaction law brought in basically beause the previous government knew how to tackle gun crime amongst youths but are too afraid to admit it (yes, dishing out much harsher sentences for committing crimes involving guns/imitation guns). Instead they did what they always do. Bring in rushed legislation to make it look as though they are doing something about the problem. They thought that by curbing the sale and import of replica firearms, they would cut gun related crime. They can never seem ot realise that whatever laws they bring in, people intent on owning a gun, be it real or imitation, will get hold of one. Instead, they have just made it more difficult for non-criminal airsoft players to get hold of the tools with which they play their game.
I agree that if you don’t play airsoft, then you have no real need to buy one. But the law is so complicated at the monent for players that it needs to be addressed so that they can go into a registered RIF dealer/airsoft supplies shop and buy a new gun. This should be coupled with full details including the serial number of the gun, full details of the buyer, and details of their most regular site for playing airsoft.
Bottom line is, that the VCRA has not stopped imitation firearms getting into circulation, and no amount of legislation will.
The knee-jerk laws brought in after Dunblaine failed to cut gun crime and failed to stop any further such horrific incidents. Even an outright ban on firearms would not stop maniacal killing sprees as we have seen recently in Cumbria.