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Other than UKARA, what are the other types of permitted defences allowed for airsoft in the UK?

The UKARA database is just one method for demonstrating a ‘defence’ under the Violent Crime Reduction Act 2006 in the UK. This defence is needed if you want to purchase a Realistic Imitation Firearm (RIF). There are other defences that are recognized.

The Policing and Crime Act 2017 made changes to the Firearms Act 1968 and included an exception for airsoft guns, known as the “Permitted Activity” defence. This defence allows airsoft guns to exceed the 1 Joule energy limit for air weapons without being classified as firearms, as long as they do not exceed 1.3 Joules for full-auto capable guns or 2.5 Joules for semi-auto or single-shot guns.

Apart from UKARA, here are some other examples of defences:

1. **BAC (British Airsoft Club)**: Similar to UKARA, the BAC operates a player register for regular skirmishers.

2. **Film, Television and Theatre Production**: These industries often use RIFs as props. People involved in these industries can purchase RIFs as part of their work.

3. **Historical Reenactments**: RIFs can be used in historical reenactments, and those involved in these activities can use this as a defence to purchase a RIF.

4. **Crown Servants**: This includes the armed forces and police, who may need RIFs for training purposes.

5. **Museums**: RIFs can be used for exhibits.

6. **Airsoft Skirmisher**: If you’re an airsoft skirmisher and can prove that you regularly participate in airsoft skirmishes, this can be a legitimate defence.

For all these defences, it’s important to remember that the burden of proof falls on the individual. So if you are buying a RIF, you need to be able to provide evidence of your defence if required. It’s recommended to consult with legal advice or a local enforcement agency for the most accurate and up-to-date information on airsoft laws and defences in the UK.

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