Gun Control Network -
PRESS RELEASE 27 FEBRUARY 2013
TAXPAYERS SUBSIDISE GUN OWNERS TO THE TUNE OF £100 MILLION
The terrible events of 1 January 2012 in which legal gun owner Michael Atherton murdered his partner, her sister and his niece, are about to be scrutinised again at the Inquest in Co. Durham on 3 March. The Gun Control Network has been working with the family and in particular with Bobby Turnbull, whose mum, sister and aunt were killed by Atherton with one of his legally owned shotguns. Bobby joined members of GCN at a meeting yesterday with Damien Green MP, Minister for Policing, to call for ‘real reforms’ of the gun licensing laws.
Gill Marshall-Andrews Chair of the Gun Control Network says:
‘It is not generally known that at least half of all gun deaths involve a shotgun - probably legally owned. It’s clear we need to tighten up the licensing of these weapons and ensure that people like Michael Atherton, with a history of domestic violence and alcohol abuse, can’t own a gun. Currently, the police do not have the resources to do a proper job of making sure someone is a suitable person to own a gun Gun owners pay only £50 for a licence which lasts for 5 years. So for £10 per year, around the price of 4 cups of coffee, a man can own as many shotguns as he likes. Gun ownership is a privilege that people should pay for – and there should be no element of subsidy from the taxpayer. Police estimate that the cost of issuing a licence is £200 which would mean that the current level of taxpayer subsidy is over £100m. With a more rigorous licensing regime this subsidy will rise even higher. GCN wants to see a fee of at least £250 for a firearms or shotgun licence. With this level of resourcing the police would be able to consult family members, neighbours, doctors and ex partners about an applicant’s suitability. And they would be able to set up a ‘hotline’ for professionals, family, colleagues and neighbours to register their concerns about a gun owner’s behaviour. Currently women have no right to be consulted about their partner having a gun and GCN has evidence that guns are frequently used as instruments of threat in the home. We need to address this issue and hope we can prevent the horrific murders that disfigure our society’.
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Gill Marshall-Andrews (m): 07956 132297; Chrissie Hall (m) 07719 696279
So, No mention of lady shotgun users then?