In response to rumours stating that Finland would plan to either outlaw airsoft and paintball guns, or subject them to permits, the Ministry of the Interior today states that no such legislation is being contemplated.
However, the ministry is preparing a reform of firearms legislation. This project will explore, among other things, the need for mandatory licensing of powerful airguns. According to the ministry, the power of such airguns is “equivalent to actual firearms”. Licensing is not contemplated for paintball or airsoft guns, nor for “conventional” airguns of the kinds used for competitive or other hobby shooting.
Current legislation already prohibits the possession of airguns on public places in the absence of a job-related or other acceptable reason. Airguns can also not be sold or otherwise turned over to a person under 18 years of age, unless his or her guardian consents.
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