‘Missed chance’ for gun laws

EASINGTON MP Grahame Morris will use a Westminister debate to press Home Office Ministers to change gun laws.

The Mail reported yesterday that Policing Minster Damian Green published new police guidance on firearms and gun licensing in the wake of the Horden shooting massacre, which saw Alison Turnbull, 44, Tanya Turnbull, 24, and Susan McGoldrick, 47, shot dead by Peter Atherton, 42, who then turned the gun on himself.

The guidelines recommend that those with a history of domestic violence should not be allowed to possess a firearm or shotgun, and that every incident of domestic violence should prompt a police review of whether a certificate holder should be allowed to hold a firearm.

Mr Morris said: “I welcome the new Home Office guidance. However, guidance does not go far enough.”

He said legislation is needed that would make comprehensive checks with GPs, police and ex and current partners compulsory.

He added: “The Government missed the opportunity to give this guidance the full force of law when they rejected Labour’s amendments to the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill, and then failed to bring forward their own amendments.” He will be pressing the matter further with Home Office ministers on September 3.