About GCN

The Gun Control Network was established as a small non-profit making organisation in July 1996 in the aftermath of the Dunblane tragedy. The founders included lawyers, academics and the parents of victims killed in Dunblane and Hungerford. It was the first gun control organisation in the UK.
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Our Key Objectives

GCN was established to campaign for progressively tighter controls on guns in the UK.

Our current objectives are:

  • One single unified licensing system for all guns with a power of over one joule.
  • One licence per gun.
  • The cost of a licence to cover the full cost of the application with no subsidy from the taxpayer.
  • Police information systems to be integrated so licences to be refused or revoked where there is evidence of domestic violence, drug/alcohol abuse, mental illness, or criminal activity.
  • GP records to be tagged so police will be alerted to any licence holder who is or becomes unfit.

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Latest News and Comment

  • Freedom of Information request highlights 25% increase in police Taser use on children [more]
  • 20th Anniversary of the Dunblane Massacre [more]
  • What Do We Know About the Association Between Firearm Legislation and Firearm-Related Injuries? [more]

Latest Press Releases

  • Guns and children: a dangerous mix [more]
  • Routinely arming the police with tasers is counterproductive [more]
  • Enforcer or public servant: What sort of police force do we want? [more]