Easington MP Grahame Morris today called for Parliamentary time to debate the issue of firearms control in the UK. See his statement in full (here)
His call follows the tragic incident in Horden on New Year ’s Day in which four members of the same family lost their lives.
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. There are currently 34 separate pieces of legislation covering UK gun law.
Mr. Morris has also previously raised the issue of strengthening the link between police and the medical profession when the holder of a gun license is known to have developed mental health issues.
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.
Last week an e-petition was placed online calling for gun control and licensing procedures to be reviewed.
Mr Morris said:
“The government is dragging its feet over firearms control. It is now 18 months since the Home Affairs Select Committee made its recommendations yet there has been no action.
“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.”