The following letter sent by Gun Control Network was published in the Daily Post published in North Wales

One more reason for airgun control

September 1, 2009

THE attack on the kittens in Llanfigael you reported on August 28 is yet another example of the harm being caused by the irresponsible use of airguns. Despite the warnings being issued by organisations such as the RSPCA, the targeting of pets and other animals continues to occur all too frequently.

And it is not just animals who are suffering.

The tragic death of a 5-year-old in Wiltshire last week shows just how lethal airguns can be.

In 2007/08 more than 8,000 offences, about half of the total gun offences in Great Britain, were committed with air weapons. They are responsible for more than a quarter of all gun injuries to people, including a fifth of serious injuries, and there have been two fatal shootings in 2009.

to 150 forget to address number, be edited Access to these guns, especially by young people, remains too easy. It is time for them to be subject to the same legislation as other firearms: a registration system is long overdue. Only then will the right message be sent out that these are dangerous weapons.

Those opposed to registration claim that the criminal use of airguns is comparatively rare. However, the incident you report is not a rarity, and if anyone doubts the scale of the problem they should look at the list of incidents collected by Gun Control Network at www.gun-control-network.org.

Misuse of airguns is leaving a trail of misery: while we all wish for current laws to be enforced they have clearly failed to stop thousands of these weapons getting into the wrong hands.

 

The following letter sent by Gun Control Network was published in the Express & Echo published in Exeter

Airgun registration scheme is overdue

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

I MUST take issue with Helen Shuker from the British Association for Shooting and Conservation that the criminal use of air weapons is "comparatively rare", Points of view, April 25.

More than 8,000 airgun offences were committed in Great Britain in 2007/08, hardly a rarity, in fact almost half of all firearm offences.

Airguns kill and injure and are responsible for more than a quarter of all gun injuries, including a fifth of serious injuries, including two fatal shootings and two suicides in 2008.

It is time for them to be subject to the same legislation as other firearms, and a registration system is long overdue. Only then will the right message be sent out that these are dangerous weapons.

BASC's attempts to reduce airgun crime through education are misplaced. The unnecessary introduction of more young people to airguns simply perpetuates the view that these are boys' toys. Every attempt should be made to discourage this.

If anyone doubts the scale of the damage being caused by airguns they should look at the list of incidents collected by Gun Control Network at gun-control-network.org.

In April, we know of 16 people, including two young girls, who were shot with airgun pellets, and as well as the cat shot in Exmouth at least 14 others around the country were hit by air rifle snipers.

Misuse of airguns is leaving a trail of misery, and while we all wish for current laws to be enforced they have clearly failed to stop thousands of airguns getting into the wrong hands.

 

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