One problem with the Scottish Government is that very few, if any, MSPs know the first thing about country sports. Seems incredible in a country which relies so heavily on shooting and fishing for its tourist income. Far too much power seems to be weilded by city MSPs who do not understand the countryside at all. As for licensing air rifles and pistols, only responsible people will go through the process, and the yobs won't bother. It will not achieve anything in terms of public safety.