Following Further Options for Alcohol Licensing last year, the Scottish Government introduced further amendments to the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005 with the Air Weapons and Licensing (Scotland) Bill on 14th May 2014. Whilst the reforms around the new air weapons licensing regime, the so-called "Andrew's Law", after the death of toddler Andrew Morton in 2005, grabbed the headlines, the Bill contains some important proposed changes to alcohol licensing law in Scotland.
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