27 May 2016 – The Cats Protection League is calling for a ban on private airgun ownership, using a straw poll of vets as evidence to support its position.
The charity’s ‘advocacy manager’, one Jacqui Cuff, has been busy supplying quotes to large numbers of Britain’s local and regional newspapers, as well as the Daily Express, in support of a Scottish-style blanket airgun ban, if Google is to be believed.
The inevitable petition has been started, which bodes well for the licensed firearms community because, as we know, politicians invariably ignore petitions outright and even the public has stopped caring about them.
A quote attributed to Cuff, and published in the Abergavenny Chronicle, reads: “We are calling for much stricter regulation on the ownership of air guns, as we strongly believe this will help to protect cats and other animals from these shocking attacks, and avoid air guns falling into the wrong hands. We want to see England and Wales following the example of Scotland, where from next year it will be illegal to own an air gun without a licence.”
The Scottish airgun ban came about after a toddler was shot dead by a drug dealer who illegally obtained an airgun. The court that convicted him heard that he told a friend he regularly used it to shoot passers-by, an activity that has been a criminal offence since the invention of the airgun.
The new laws in Scotland will make no difference to the number of illegal misuses of airguns and even the Scottish police force is opposed to its introduction. The Scottish National Socialists insisted on legislating anyway, ignoring their own police and 87% of the Scottish public.