Wondering: ‘Do I Need a Licence for That Airsoft Gun?’ Let’s answer it all for you right now…
‘No’ is the short answer. You do not need a license to buy or own an Airsoft Replica Gun, also known as a RIF (Replica Imitation Firearm). However, the retailer needs to ensure you have a reason for purchasing before they can sell you one. This is typically known as an Airsoft defence. However, no matter what, you’ll need to be over 18 in order to purchase an Airsoft replica.
If you don’t have a defence, then you’ll need to buy what is known as a Two-Tone Airsoft Gun, meaning the same replica Airsoft Gun but with over 51% painted a non-military colour such as Blue.
But if you have your heart set on a replica gun that is not Blue, you will need a defence. One of the most common defences for Airsoft players is a UKARA defence, which is a huge list of players registered at Airsoft sites around the UK. When you attempt to purchase an Airsoft replica, we’ll check for a relevant defence against your name, and if we can confirm it, we’ll send you your gun!
There are also a number of other defences we will accept for a replica airsoft gun.
FULL LIST OF AIRSOFT DEFENCE
- You have a current UKARA membership.
- You are a member of a properly insured historical re-enactment group or society.
- You are a film, television or theatre production company.
- You are (or are acting on behalf of) a museum.
- You are a Crown Servant in pursuance of your Crown duties.
- You live outside of the UK.
If you have any questions, please contact us or see our blog on this website.
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