Labour MP introduces pointless firearms licensing bill

A Labour MP introduced a parliamentary bill aimed at stopping people convicted of domestic violence from getting a firearm or shotgun certificate – even though current laws already make that impossible.

Thomas Docherty, Labour MP for the Dunfermline and West Fife seat in Scotland, introduced the Firearm and Shotgun Licensing (Domestic Violence) Bill last July. With the prorogation (closure) of Parliament for the general election by the end of this month, it is entirely likely the Bill will fail.

Its full text reads as follows:

1 Prohibition of grant of firearm and shotgun certificates: domestic violence

(1) The Firearms Act 1968 is amended as follows.

(2) In section 27 (special provisions about firearm certificates), after subsection (1)
there is inserted—

(1A) 5A firearm certificate shall not be granted to a person who has been
convicted of an offence of domestic violence.

(3) In section 28 (special provisions about shot gun certificates), after subsection
(1) there is inserted—

(1A) A shotgun certificate shall not be granted to a person who has been
10convicted of an offence of domestic violence.

Current firearms laws prohibit people with a recent criminal conviction from having any access to firearms for a period of at least 5 years from the date of conviction, let alone holding a certificate.

Labour has previously announced it will ignore police advice on firearms certificate fees and jack them up regardless.

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One thought on “Labour MP introduces pointless firearms licensing bill

  1. NickB

    I’ve contacted my local MP (Yvette Cooper) in the past on this subject, I got the 200 pound figure quoted at me – by way of reply I pointed out the figure of 88 (South Wales IIRC) and funnily enough heard nothing since. She claims to see the value of shooting but then regurgitated directly from the BASC article I’d sent her as if they were her original thoughts……sigh

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