You are guilty of an offence if you sell a Realistic Imitation Firearm, however, as part of the VCRA, Airsoft players on the UKARA database are given a ‘Defence from prosecution’. This effectively allows you to buy/sell RIFs, if you can prove you are a regular skirmisher and use them for such at an approved site.

Site Membership

The most relevant part to the defence for Airsoft players is you must be a regular skirmisher at a ‘UKARA Registered Site’. This is defined as somewhere which holds public liability insurance for these events. To access this defence you must be a regular player at such a site, in order for them to vouch for you.

UKARA

UKARA is a retailers association which operates a scheme to allow registered skirmishers to purchase Realistic Imitation Firearms. In order to use the scheme, you must be a registered member at a UKARA registered site. To acquire entry to the UKARA database you must;

  • play a minimum of 3 games
  • been playing longer than 2 months
  • be over 18 years of age
  • have sufficient identification to prove who you are (link the face to the name and the name to the address) drivers licence is perfect.

You then have a form to complete which is stamped by the site operator to confirm you’re a regular player. You then send the form to a UKARA retailer who inputs it onto the database. You can then use your member number to buy your RIF. The seller should only ship the item to the address you are registered at.

You can download and fill in the PDF form, and present to your local gamesite to be stamped with the sites UKARA verification stamp.

http://www.ukara.org.uk/Players-Skirmish-Validation-Form.pdf

Two-Tones

Two tones are a type of IF defined as being more than 50% painted a bright colour. As these are not RIFs you are able to buy these without UKARA or other skirmish defence. You must still be 18+. You can temporarily cover up the Two-tone IF, while at a skirmish event, but it must not be permanent and you cannot paint over the bright coloured parts. It is slightly unclear as to whether you can paint an IF after you have gained your skirmish defence. This will probably remain unclear until it has been tested in court. Most commentators believe it would be within the spirit of the law however.

Non-UKARA & Secondhand Sales

For non-UKARA retailers and for individuals the burden of proof is on the Seller to prove that they have sold to someone with appropriate defence. As only UKARA retailers can use their database you will not be able to check it to confirm the buyer is on there. If you are selling a RIF take the time to do some research on the potential buyer. Ask the buyer which site they are registered at? You can always contact a site and check if the buyer is registered. Please use common sense when selling any RIF’s, imagine a police investigation leading to you after the gun you sold was used in a serious crime. The outcome could be devastating for you and the future of Airsoft in the UK.

Terminology

VCRA – Violent Crime Reduction Act The Act of Parliament which, in particular, restricts the sale of Airsoft guns and is the subject of this page.

RIF – Realistic Imitation Firearm A realistic replica of a firearm, such that only an expert could distinguish it from a real firearm. Most standard Airsoft guns fall into this category.

IF – Imitation Firearm A firearm shaped object which could easily be distinguished from a real firearm by the virtue of its size shape or colour. A two-tone Airsoft gun comes under this category.

UKARA – United Kingdom Airsoft Retailers Association An organisation set up to allow the provisions of the Act to be implemented by UK sellers of RIFs.

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