Close Websites Like www.gun-control-network.org

The GCN and other websites like it do nothing to solve the problem.  These types of website put forward a bigoted untruthful and very misleading version of the facts designed only to give the impression of owning the moral high ground.  These harmful sites create fear and prejudice against a segment of society whom they know nothing about and do not understand.  And because of their ignorance they choose to project fear and loathing instead of education and understanding.

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The GCN and other websites like it do nothing to solve the problem.  These types of website put forward a bigoted untruthful and very misleading version of the facts designed only to give the impression of owning the moral high ground.  These harmful sites create fear and prejudice against a segment of society whom they know nothing about and do not understand.  And because of their ignorance they choose to project fear and loathing instead of education and understanding.

New Firearms Licensing system

My idea is this, the replacement of the current firearms licensing system with a more simple and effective system that does not make criminals out of those who make a small mistake. eg owning 600 rounds of ammunition when allowed to only have 500.

Remove the need to name each calibre and action when gaining a Firearms certificate (FAC) and simply add new weapons and calibres to the FAC upon purchasing them and hence retaining the registration of all firearms.  Thus saving a huge amount of paperwork and unnecesary costs and allowing the person to have their license far faster, as it can take months in somecases for the police department to carry out the paperwork.

Remove ammunition limits, currently the system states on an individual basis how much of each calibre a person can own and purchase at any time, this is something which does nothing other than increase the frequency at which a firearms owner must visit the gun shop or produce his own ammunition via handloading. So long as all ammunition can be stored correctly in an ammunition cabinet there is no reason to limit the quantity of ammunition a firearms owner has, especially given that he can buy the components to produce his own ammunition without any limit or records. To claim that someone may break into the house and steal the weapons and ammunition would be incorrect and ignorant of just how well firearms/ammunition cabinets are fitted.

Remove the ban upon semi automatic centrefire rifles and handguns, the removal of semi automatic rifles from law abiding good people has lead to quite literally nothing positive, it has caused the practical rifle sport to diminish greatly and removed a great number of people from being interested in shooting. If a person has been proven to to be of good personality and responsability there is no reason to prevent them from owning such a firearm. Likewise with handguns which made up a large number of British shooters and was a fast growing sport there is again no reason to prevent a proven person to own these firearms.

 

 

Why is this idea important?

My idea is this, the replacement of the current firearms licensing system with a more simple and effective system that does not make criminals out of those who make a small mistake. eg owning 600 rounds of ammunition when allowed to only have 500.

Remove the need to name each calibre and action when gaining a Firearms certificate (FAC) and simply add new weapons and calibres to the FAC upon purchasing them and hence retaining the registration of all firearms.  Thus saving a huge amount of paperwork and unnecesary costs and allowing the person to have their license far faster, as it can take months in somecases for the police department to carry out the paperwork.

Remove ammunition limits, currently the system states on an individual basis how much of each calibre a person can own and purchase at any time, this is something which does nothing other than increase the frequency at which a firearms owner must visit the gun shop or produce his own ammunition via handloading. So long as all ammunition can be stored correctly in an ammunition cabinet there is no reason to limit the quantity of ammunition a firearms owner has, especially given that he can buy the components to produce his own ammunition without any limit or records. To claim that someone may break into the house and steal the weapons and ammunition would be incorrect and ignorant of just how well firearms/ammunition cabinets are fitted.

Remove the ban upon semi automatic centrefire rifles and handguns, the removal of semi automatic rifles from law abiding good people has lead to quite literally nothing positive, it has caused the practical rifle sport to diminish greatly and removed a great number of people from being interested in shooting. If a person has been proven to to be of good personality and responsability there is no reason to prevent them from owning such a firearm. Likewise with handguns which made up a large number of British shooters and was a fast growing sport there is again no reason to prevent a proven person to own these firearms.

 

 

Remove Air Weapons From the Fire Arms Licensing System and Give Them A Seperate License.

As the law stands, all air weapons are on the same licensing procedure as any live round weapon.  If you apply for a high powered air rifle and are granted the license, then this now gives you entitlement to buy in excess of a 7.62 round which is the same as the kalashnikov, even our own armed services only shoot with a Nato 5.56 round.

 

It is madness to have this easy step into live round weapons from something so simple but dangerous as an Air Rifle.

 

Please, re catogorize Air Weapons and give them their own license and classification.

Why is this idea important?

As the law stands, all air weapons are on the same licensing procedure as any live round weapon.  If you apply for a high powered air rifle and are granted the license, then this now gives you entitlement to buy in excess of a 7.62 round which is the same as the kalashnikov, even our own armed services only shoot with a Nato 5.56 round.

 

It is madness to have this easy step into live round weapons from something so simple but dangerous as an Air Rifle.

 

Please, re catogorize Air Weapons and give them their own license and classification.

Ban the law that says it’s ‘ok’ to have a firearm


A gun is a license to murder. That's all they are for. In 2009, 60 people died to gun violence alone. It's time to follow the route of civilised countries like China, North Korea and Turkmenistan and have a TOTAL ban on guns and a 10 year jail sentence for those who have them.

Someone who owns a firearm will use it against someone eventually.

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A gun is a license to murder. That's all they are for. In 2009, 60 people died to gun violence alone. It's time to follow the route of civilised countries like China, North Korea and Turkmenistan and have a TOTAL ban on guns and a 10 year jail sentence for those who have them.

Someone who owns a firearm will use it against someone eventually.

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Repeal the Firearms Act 1968 and amendments

My proposal is to seek the repeal of the 1968 Fierarms Act and its ammendments. A new Firearms Act is long overdue. Not simply to tinker and ammend but to look for the best legislation. They have proved outdated and not fit for purpose. The current legislation and its 2002 guidance are both draconian and lax, but not logical. It is my role, for a Constabulary to use this Act to licence certificate holders. The ammendments especially are without doubt pure reactive legislation, which as can be seen by recent events have failed to adequatley protect the public in general or the shooting community.

Proposals for a new Act could include such matters as;

  1. A single certificate rather than the current two
  2. Provision to licence people not the firearms
  3. Introduction of statutory  accredited training courses in order to support applications
  4. Statutory reporting by GP's of illnesses, injuries or medications which might affect continued holding of a certificate
  5. Introduction of review panels to deal with appeals against revocation or refusal by Chief Constables. Rather than the current use of Crown Courts.
  6. Formalise to a national standard for training and operation of Firearms Licensing Officers/Management.
  7. To provide a time limited certificate suspension, rather than revocation of a certificate as the only option in circumstances that require investigation.
  8. Provide fixed penalties for minor offences and or formal cautions.
  9. To revisit Lord Cullen's report to review the return of handguns for target shooting.
  10. The provision of a national body to oversea Firearms Licensing.
  11. Statutory self reporting by certificate holders of certain life changing events which might affect short or long term gun ownership
  12. To provide a debate on new legislation by a body, having specialised knowledge and for that body to be the only forum to provide future legislation to the Home Secretary. 
  13. To provide a better understanding of how implementation can be achieved calling on the input of the practitioners not just the representative bodies. Shooting is a practical issue and should not be legislated upon for political capitol or furtherance of organisational standing.

Whilst this is only a flavour of a Future Firearms Act much could be achieved. 

Why is this idea important?

My proposal is to seek the repeal of the 1968 Fierarms Act and its ammendments. A new Firearms Act is long overdue. Not simply to tinker and ammend but to look for the best legislation. They have proved outdated and not fit for purpose. The current legislation and its 2002 guidance are both draconian and lax, but not logical. It is my role, for a Constabulary to use this Act to licence certificate holders. The ammendments especially are without doubt pure reactive legislation, which as can be seen by recent events have failed to adequatley protect the public in general or the shooting community.

Proposals for a new Act could include such matters as;

  1. A single certificate rather than the current two
  2. Provision to licence people not the firearms
  3. Introduction of statutory  accredited training courses in order to support applications
  4. Statutory reporting by GP's of illnesses, injuries or medications which might affect continued holding of a certificate
  5. Introduction of review panels to deal with appeals against revocation or refusal by Chief Constables. Rather than the current use of Crown Courts.
  6. Formalise to a national standard for training and operation of Firearms Licensing Officers/Management.
  7. To provide a time limited certificate suspension, rather than revocation of a certificate as the only option in circumstances that require investigation.
  8. Provide fixed penalties for minor offences and or formal cautions.
  9. To revisit Lord Cullen's report to review the return of handguns for target shooting.
  10. The provision of a national body to oversea Firearms Licensing.
  11. Statutory self reporting by certificate holders of certain life changing events which might affect short or long term gun ownership
  12. To provide a debate on new legislation by a body, having specialised knowledge and for that body to be the only forum to provide future legislation to the Home Secretary. 
  13. To provide a better understanding of how implementation can be achieved calling on the input of the practitioners not just the representative bodies. Shooting is a practical issue and should not be legislated upon for political capitol or furtherance of organisational standing.

Whilst this is only a flavour of a Future Firearms Act much could be achieved. 

Repeal the knee jerk gun law implimented after Dunblane

The Dunblane massacre was a tragid event. A man used his licensed fire arms to kill innocent children. The same is true of the Hungerford massacre.  As a result of these tragic incidents hand gun ownership in the UK was comprehensively banned despite the ract that a 1996 select committee concluded such "panic" legislation would do little to prevent a repeat of these incidents.  

Thanks to the knee jerk legislation of the day many law abiding citizens lost the right to legally own hand guns for target shooting and competition. We can no longer field a pistol shooting team in the olympic games for instance.

After the most recent gun crime involving legally owned weapons, the Cumbria Shootings, although there were a few muted calls for further restrictions on weapons ownership much was made of not resorting to knee jerk legislation suggesting the people have lost the desire for such legislation since it has demonstrably removed rights they later regretted; a survey at the time of the Hungerford massacre suggested that a couple of months after the incident around 70% of people rejected the need for more gun control.

 

Why is this idea important?

The Dunblane massacre was a tragid event. A man used his licensed fire arms to kill innocent children. The same is true of the Hungerford massacre.  As a result of these tragic incidents hand gun ownership in the UK was comprehensively banned despite the ract that a 1996 select committee concluded such "panic" legislation would do little to prevent a repeat of these incidents.  

Thanks to the knee jerk legislation of the day many law abiding citizens lost the right to legally own hand guns for target shooting and competition. We can no longer field a pistol shooting team in the olympic games for instance.

After the most recent gun crime involving legally owned weapons, the Cumbria Shootings, although there were a few muted calls for further restrictions on weapons ownership much was made of not resorting to knee jerk legislation suggesting the people have lost the desire for such legislation since it has demonstrably removed rights they later regretted; a survey at the time of the Hungerford massacre suggested that a couple of months after the incident around 70% of people rejected the need for more gun control.

 

Remove all the gun laws allow hunting and have the right to bear arms

Hunters who live in cities actually like to hunt but there are problems getting permission to shoot on land therefore lots of hunters in wales/england ignore the gun laws and roam around the countryside with guns because their civil freedoms are being restricted by the law.

Why is this idea important?

Hunters who live in cities actually like to hunt but there are problems getting permission to shoot on land therefore lots of hunters in wales/england ignore the gun laws and roam around the countryside with guns because their civil freedoms are being restricted by the law.

Repeal the ban on TAC airguns (ie: Brocock)

Part 5 of the Anti-social Behaviour Act 2003 added airguns that use a self-contained air cartridge system to Section 5 of the Firearms Act, alongside real handguns, thus made practically totally illegal. Only around 1500 were surrendered and 6000 put on a firearm license. BASC estimates that around 68000 are still in circulation, the owners of which will face prosecution should they be found in possession or decide to hand them in to the police. Essentially, somewhere near 70000 new criminals were created overnight. Another 'feel-good' law that achieved nothing but the destruction of people's hobbies and property.

Why is this idea important?

Part 5 of the Anti-social Behaviour Act 2003 added airguns that use a self-contained air cartridge system to Section 5 of the Firearms Act, alongside real handguns, thus made practically totally illegal. Only around 1500 were surrendered and 6000 put on a firearm license. BASC estimates that around 68000 are still in circulation, the owners of which will face prosecution should they be found in possession or decide to hand them in to the police. Essentially, somewhere near 70000 new criminals were created overnight. Another 'feel-good' law that achieved nothing but the destruction of people's hobbies and property.

Gun Control is not Crime Control

References to the work of the Gun Control Network (control, really?!) confirm the old adage: to keep repeating the same action 'though it always fails is a sign of lunacy.  As for referring to wikipedia ….!  Comment is free, facts are sacred.  No firearm law has yet passed an independent cost/benefit analysis.  None are proven to have worked. However, there is much research evidence by several (non-firearm owning) academics to provide more than enough evidence to substantiate this fact. Seek and ye shall find. 

In 1997/98 tens of thousands of people with legally held pistols suffered the ignominy of being made scapegoats for policing failures and, without being charged with nor found guilty of any crime, had their property seized by a Conservative Government then New Labour.  But then our Bill of Rights has been amended and circumvented since 1689.

 For political ends these people were seen as easy fodder and treated shabbily, disgracefully and unethically. I believe this is now generally recognised and consider competitive shooting with cartridge pistols can be re-instated. I require a repeal of New Labour's Firearms (Amendment) (No.2) Act 1997 to help achieve this.

 

 

Why is this idea important?

References to the work of the Gun Control Network (control, really?!) confirm the old adage: to keep repeating the same action 'though it always fails is a sign of lunacy.  As for referring to wikipedia ….!  Comment is free, facts are sacred.  No firearm law has yet passed an independent cost/benefit analysis.  None are proven to have worked. However, there is much research evidence by several (non-firearm owning) academics to provide more than enough evidence to substantiate this fact. Seek and ye shall find. 

In 1997/98 tens of thousands of people with legally held pistols suffered the ignominy of being made scapegoats for policing failures and, without being charged with nor found guilty of any crime, had their property seized by a Conservative Government then New Labour.  But then our Bill of Rights has been amended and circumvented since 1689.

 For political ends these people were seen as easy fodder and treated shabbily, disgracefully and unethically. I believe this is now generally recognised and consider competitive shooting with cartridge pistols can be re-instated. I require a repeal of New Labour's Firearms (Amendment) (No.2) Act 1997 to help achieve this.

 

 

Restore our right to bare arms.

After the Hungerford and Dunblane massacres, and most recently, the tagic shootings in Cumbria. Gun laws have come under increasing pressure and scrutiny. Both the Hungerford and Dunblane shootings resulted in gun laws in this country being changed. Restricting the sale and ownership of certain firearms, in an attempt to stop it happening again. It didnt. 

Why is this idea important?

After the Hungerford and Dunblane massacres, and most recently, the tagic shootings in Cumbria. Gun laws have come under increasing pressure and scrutiny. Both the Hungerford and Dunblane shootings resulted in gun laws in this country being changed. Restricting the sale and ownership of certain firearms, in an attempt to stop it happening again. It didnt. 

Repeal Violent Crime Reduction Act 2006

The above act prevents the sale and ownership of replica weapons with the odd exception.  There is and has always been a whole raft of legislation that covers the use of imitation firearms in realation to comitting crimes.

Why is this idea important?

The above act prevents the sale and ownership of replica weapons with the odd exception.  There is and has always been a whole raft of legislation that covers the use of imitation firearms in realation to comitting crimes.