I can't paint my gun as I live in england and i'll get arrested as I don't have a ukra licence! :-[
This is semi-true, only you dont have to be a REGISTERED player, you just have to be able to prove that you are an airsoft skirmisher. UKARA is NOT a legal requirement or a legally recognised governing body. It IS one method of proving you are a skirmisher but NOT the only way.blackfoot1 said:If you bought the gun as a Two-Tone and you're not a registered player and then you paint it, you are breaking the law.
Yes and no. It IS considered to be "manufacturing" a RIF, and therefore dealt with under the 2006 Violent Crimes Reduction Act which prohibits the sale, manufacture and import of RIFs. However airsoft skirmishers have a specific defence under the VCRA which allows them exemption providing they can prove they are skirmishers.blackfoot1 said:Permanently modifying a non realistic imitation firearm (painting it) to make it look like a RIF is looked at in the same way as someone modifying a deactivated firearm to fire live rounds.
This is true in the sense that anyone selling either RIFs, or the facility to manufacture RIFs (a two-tone gun and paint could be seen as manufacturing components for a RIF) have to make sure that they take appropriate and responsible steps to ensure that the person they are selling either a RIF or the manufacturing components to is an airsoft skirmisher (in the same way that an off-licence has to take appropriate steps to ensure they are not selling to someone under the age of 18) however it is not actually ILLEGAL for the retailers to send you a two-tone gun and some paint, providing they are 100% sure you are a skirmisher.blackfoot1 said:This is why you can't order spray paint at the same time as ordering a Two-Tone gun online (from any reputable retailer).
Yes, this is true and I apologise for being misleading. The rule under the VCRA phohibiting under 18s INCLUDES two tone Imitation Firearms, so in fact as an under 18 you are not allowed to actually OWN ANY airsoft weapon. Also the fact that an under 18 is legally allowed to "borrow" an airsoft weapon does not appear to be specific as to whether it is an IF or a RIF, so I will strike the comment you highlighted from my post above.deviant said:under 18 you are not allowed to own a IF or RIF, only borrow one, the under 18 two tone myth is that most parents (who aren't UKARA registered) buy a two tone for their child to "borrow" when they skirmish.Tarmageddon said:IF YOU ARE UNDER 18 YOUR GUN MUST BE A TWO-TONE GUN UNDER UK LAW.
I would wholly agree with the above statement, although I would still condend that simply BEING an airsoft skirmisher, and able to PROVE as such IS a specific defence as allowed for by the Home Secretary regardless of whether the skirmisher chooses UKARA as their preferred method of proof.deviant said:the VCR is a mine field, the best advice is "DON'T PAINT UNLESS YOU HAVE A SPECIFIC DEFENCE (UKARA or film crew etc)" cause bring the sport into disrepute ruins it for the rest of us.
And I just wanted to clarify that this is actually a common mis-conception by airsofters of the way the law currently stands.jamface54 said:I can't paint my gun as I live in england and i'll get arrested as I don't have a ukra licence! :-[
lol I just have paraniod feelings regarding the boys in blue! if they asked what was in the bag I would hand the ba to them as say "toy guns but, I will let you open them so there isn't a missunderstanding". (I once made an offical visit to the Natural history museum, alittle after 7/7 compleate with my disection kit, the security on the door asked the question "is there anything sharp in your bag sir?" while it was all sorted in 20mins, the first 10mins of explaining I had a legitimate reason were a little uncomfy!)Tarmageddon said:as a point of interest if you are caught with a kermit gun whether you are UKARA or not as long as you are over 18 it is totally legal as it then falls under the category of a toy. In theory (although I strongly discourage it!!) you and your mates could wander round Asda with your "toys" and be totally within the law (for the good of the sport in the UK PLEASE don't try this!!!) but the general point I am making is if you are over 18 and not shooting cats or pensioners or whatever, I wouldn't worry at all about being pulled over with a boot (trunk) full of kermit.