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    Green Party manifesto on firearms law

    Here's some text from their manifesto-

    Gun Control and Gun Crime
    CJ500 Gun crime is a particularly serious problem and the Green Party is committed to tackling it by ensuring a high level of gun control as well as addressing the social factors which contribute to people committing crimes with guns.
    Also, as well as their actual use, the presence and availability of guns and 'gun culture' contributes to fear of crime, intimidation and the reluctance of witnesses and victims to report crimes.
    The Green Party is committed to introducing the following measures:
    Defining lethal weapons
    The lethality of a gun will be defined quantitatively in law, thereby covering new weapons resulting from developments in firearms technology.
    Prohibited weapons
    The most dangerous weapons will be prohibited. These include handguns, multi-shot and high calibre weapons. There will be a complete ban on the private ownership/possession of all automatic and semi-automatic firearms. A suitably constituted Gun Safety Advisory Committee will regularly review which weapons are prohibited.
    Deactivated weapons
    All deactivated weapons will be treated the same as active weapons in terms of prohibition and licensing, as they are capable of being reactivated and can cause fear because they appear as though active.
    A single rigorous licensing process will be put in place based on considerations of public safety rather than the convenience of shooters. Subject to relevant criteria, licenses will be issued for permitted shotguns and rifles, all lethal airguns and permitted deactivated guns.
    Users of firearms for sporting or agricultural purposes will be required to demonstrate their competence in handling firearms and satisfy the authorities of their mental and emotional stability:
    Applicants should also be required to obtain the signature of, say, ten citizens (just as a prospective electoral candidate) who will vouch for the good character of the licence holder. This will discourage the 'loners' and socially isolated individuals who are most at risk of committing the horror that occurred at Dunblane and Hungerford.
    The cost of medical and psychological tests must be borne by the applicant, together with a new annual fee which is sufficient to repay the economic damage - to police, court and NHS - inflicted on it by the abuse of guns generally. When licences are awarded the onus will be on the applicant to demonstrate his or her suitability to handle firearms rather than on the authorities to prove the applicant's unsuitability. Licence holders will be required to renew their applications on an annual basis individuals whose licence application is rejected will be required to wait at least two years before re-applying.
    Imitation weapons
    There will be a complete ban on the manufacture, sale and import of imitation weapons (replica guns and blank firers) and a ban on their public possession. There will be licenses for imitation weapons used for film/theatrical purposes, and legislation to ensure toy guns are highly distinct in appearance, probably by being made of clear/translucent plastic.

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    That'll be "nil points" for the mouldy ones then .

    Misguided fools
    "This year will go down in history. For the first time, a civilized nation has full gun registration. Our streets will be safer, our police more efficient, and the world will follow our lead into the future!"
    Adolph Hitler 1933

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    Quote Originally Posted by waterford103 View Post
    That'll be "nil points" for the mouldy ones then .

    Misguided fools
    Agreed, but misguided fools is certainly an understatement. Barking bloody mad comes more to mind.

    Well at least they aren't vegetarians. Now those guys are really disturbed.
    Last edited by 8x57; 10-05-2014 at 08:47.
    It's the calibre of the shooter that counts not the calibre of the rifle.

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    Thanks for posting this, it's amazing to see how (I'm using this in the loosest sense of the phrase here) a potential government could develop a proposal that's so far wide of the mark to cater for the needs of the shooting community and serves no real purpose.

    Love the fact that they intend for law abiding citizens to foot the bill for taking criminals through the system as well. Are they also proposing to add a large tax to all cutlery sets to help cover the cost of all the chavs and their knife crime too?

    Looks as though it's been written by someone from the Mail or the Express and thank the Lord no-one takes them seriously enough to even threaten Westminster.

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    and after ALL that - the criminals will still have guns.
    Nice one!

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    Straight off reminded me of this ....

    Orwellian, or not?
    (The Unspeakable In Pursuit Of The Uneatable.) " If I can help, I will help!." Former S.A.C.S. member!

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    Well that alone is good enough reason for me NOT to vote for the beardy weirdy ones.

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    10 referees as well. How much would that cost an FEO to chase up. And if the shooter is to cover the cost of that the license fee would be in the several hundred pound bracket every year.

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    Just as well they'll never get in power then... if that was a labour or conservative manifesto we'd have a lot to worry about.

    I've posted this on another shooting site so as many shooters as possible see this, just incase they were thinking of wasting a vote.
    Last edited by Si; 10-05-2014 at 10:39.
    "It's halfway down the hill, directly below that tree next to a rock that looks like a bell-end"

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    Here is a link to a press briefing

    Gun Control Briefing CJ500

    with interest is part ii which would only allow firearms to be held at gun clubs or local police stations (never at home!)

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