Under the Violent Crime Reduction (VCR) Act the last government saw fit to harm the interests of the lawful majority by banning (amongst other things) the sale of blank firing weapons. The thinking behind this is absurd and this section of the law should be rescinded.
Why does this idea matter?
Along with additional controls on air weapons and plastic toy guns, the last government saw fit to ban the purchase of blank firing imitation guns (with exceptions for those used to train gun dogs and war re-enactors).
The thinking behind this seems to have been that they have no 'practical use' (with the exceptions above) and that they may be used to intimidate members of the public. No thought seems to of been given to their near non-existence in the crime statistics or that some people like to collect replica weapons as curiosities or ornaments.
Furthermore, considering also that the legally available, brightly coloured guns used to train dogs can be repainted (a trivial task) this seems to be an exercise in futility with no regard to the interests of the majority who acquire and process these items lawfully.