MP calls for action on gun laws

Grahame Morris MP for Easington speaking at the scene of the shooting incident in Horden
Grahame Morris MP for Easington speaking at the scene of the shooting incident in Horden

AN MP has called for action on gun licensing laws after the tragic Horden shotgun massacre.

Easington MP Grahame Morris has urged Parliament to debate the issue of gun control after the shocking New Year’s Day shootings which saw gunman Michael Atherton shoot his partner Susan McGoldrick, 47, her sister Alison Turnbull, 44, and her niece Tanya Turnbull, 24, and turned the gun on himself.

He said: “The tragic incident in Horden on New Year’s Day highlighted a number of concerning issues regarding current licensing procedures that could be strengthened relatively simply and without controversy.”

Supported by Keith Vaz MP, chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee, Mr Morris sought an update from the Government on proposed changes to gun licensing laws and procedures.

The Leader of the House of Commons, Sir George Young MP, speaking on behalf of the Government said he would raise the matter with the Home Secretary and ask her to write to the Easington MP.