Denmark: New restrictions regulate powerful air guns

The Danish Minister of Justice has announced that powerful air guns will be included in the national gun law and brought under the same restrictions as firearms.

Morten Bødskov, Minister of Justice, said, ”It is way too dangerous that these new - and very powerful – airguns can proliferate in society without the police controlling who is carrying them, and how many are in circulation. These air guns can today be bought freely by anyone over the age of 18. This is what the Minister of Justice is putting an end to”.

From 1 June 2012, it will be against the law to import, produce, acquire, possess, and use air guns of a larger calibre than 4.5mm for anyone that does not have a licence from the police, a hunting licence, or is a member of a shooting club. According to Danish media, around 240,000 citizens are currently in possession of such weapons.

Information about gun regulation in Denmark is available from GunPolicy.org and the Danish Justitsministeren