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Air Weapons and Licensing (Scotland) Bill 2014

By Hugh Smith

Last month saw the introduction of the much anticipated Air Weapons and Licensing (Scotland) Bill 2014 to the Scottish Parliament. Among other things, the bill proposes a number of changes to the current alcohol licensing regime by amending the existing (and already much amended) Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005. According to the Scottish government, the results of the public consultation concluded that a complete overhaul of the alcohol licensing regime is not required but that there are a few areas within the current system that need to be improved.

The bill is currently only at stage one of the legislative process, so it is likely that further changes will be made, if the Scottish Parliament votes to proceed with the bill.

In its current state, the bill proposes the following changes to the alcohol licensing regime…

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