A CROWN court judge has called for more controls on the use of air weapons.
Judge Huw Daniel said that he could not understand why powerful air rifles were not subject to some form of licensing.
The judge had just dealt with a case of a man who admitted possessing a
.22 calibre air rifle with intent to cause fear of violence.
While drunk, Kevin Andrew Edwards had waved the rifle at one of two women walking along a road and said that he would kill one of them.
Edwards, 18, of Well Street in Holy-well, who had already served the equivalent of a seven-month sentence while on remand, was given a two-year community rehabilitation order.
The judge, sitting at Mold Crown Court, said that no firearm certificate was needed for air rifles and he had never really understood why.
"A .22 air rifle can be just as dangerous in the wrong hands as an ordinary small calibre rifle although the range is not as great," said Judge Daniel.
They were powerful weapons and bearing in mind the use made of air rifles these days, he said there should be some form of licensing procedure.
Judge Daniel ordered that Edwards's air rifle with telescopic sights should be forfeited and destroyed. "I don't think this man is fit to have a rifle," said the judge.