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    Cats Protection is calling for a change in the law on air gun ownership in England and Wales.

    Please sign our petition.

    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 2017.

    Since 2015, 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.

    Since 2015, over 800 cats in the UK were reported in the press as being shot with an air gun. Crucially, over 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. 

    We are calling on all Members of Parliament to support a call for England and Wales to follow Northern Ireland and Scotland's lead on air guns and introduce licensing.*

    So why are we targeting air guns and not the perpetrators of these terrible attacks? The reality is that air gun attacks on cats are rarely witnessed. It is very hard to establish when and where a shooting takes place. This is why we want the weapons themselves to be strictly licensed.

    We can only bring about change to the laws on air guns in England and Wales if the many thousands of cat lovers like you get behind our campaign. If you want to help us stop lethal air guns falling into the wrong hands, please sign our petition. 


    * Air gun regulation is a reserved matter in Wales which means it is dealt with at Westminster.

    Cats Protection is calling on all Members of Parliament to support the introduction of licensing air guns in England and Wales.

    Given that The Air Weapons and Licensing (Scotland) Act 2015 and The Firearms (NI) Order 2004 require any person who possesses, purchases or uses an air weapon to have a licence in Scotland and Northern Ireland, we are calling for the licensing of air guns to be extended across the whole of the UK.

    Sign our petition by filling in your details*.


    *Signatories will only be counted once.

    How many supporters have signed our petition so far?

    *11,867 supporters have signed a paper petition.

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