The Air Weapons and Licensing (Scotland) Bill was introduced to the Scottish Parliament on 14 May 2014.
The aims of the Bill were to improve and strengthen the licensing system to preserve public order and safety, reduce crime and advance public health.
The main elements of the Bill are:
- The creation of two new licensing regimes, for owning and using an air weapon, and operating a sexual entertainment venue.
- Making it a criminal offence to supply alcohol to people under 18 for consumption in a public place, and other changes to the alcohol licensing system.
- To amend the civil licensing system in relation to scrap metal dealers, public entertainment venues and private car hires.
The areas of particular interest to Scottish churches were: licensing for sexual entertainment venues, alcohol licensing, and the change with regards to scrap metal dealers.