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The Gun Control Network was established to campaign for tighter controls on guns of all kinds in Britain and a greater awareness of the dangers associated with gun ownership and use


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Gun Control Network monitors media reports of incidents involving firearms throughout Great Britain

and compiles monthly lists and reviews


                     Sentences and Convictions

                     Review - November/December 2014

                     See Also:     Gun Deaths          Domestic Violence          Airguns

                     Lists of Airgun Incidents: 2008; 2009; 2010; 2011

Latest News


UKIP would legalise handguns - Another licensed shotgun owner guilty of killing two women - Gun licence fees should pay for hotline - When will the government get a grip on gun licensing? - US study demonstrates that the number of guns per capita is strong predictor of firearm-related deaths in a country - Why is the Taxpayer Subsidising Gun Owners? - Taxpayers Subsidise Gun Owners to the Tune of £100 Million - Further Fall in Gun Crime in Scotland and England & Wales - Book published on Reducing Gun Violence in America following Sandy Hook school massacre - Common Decency Campaign to amend the ‘Game Act’ - Sports Shooting: From Criminology to Cruelty - Three women killed by licensed gun owner: bereaved family launch e-petition campaign for tighter licensing - Arming for self-protection increases your risk of a gun related death - Annual Firearms Crime Figures in England and Wales Show Seventh Consecutive Fall - Lowest Scottish Gun Crime Figures for 32 Years - New Law on Airgun Security - Power to Regulate Airguns to be Devolved to Scotland - BMA in Talks with ACPO about Tagging Medical Records of Patients holding Firearms or Shotgun Licences

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GCN Press Release - 15 November 2014


In January 2014 Nigel Farage, the UKIP leader, said that it was party policy for handguns to be legalised in the UK despite being banned for the last 18 years. He said that the current ban on handguns, which were made illegal following the school shooting at Dunblane in 1996, was ‘ludicrous’.

In March 1996 16 small children and their teacher were gunned down in their school by Thomas Hamilton, a legal handgun owner. When GCN began to campaign for a ban on these lethal weapons we were told by shooting organisations that this couldn’t be done because pistol shooting was the fastest growing sport in the country. The UK was clearly following the USA and heading for a dangerous gun culture.

Now, the handgun crime rate in this country is low (having fallen by 50% over the last decade) and the rate of gun homicide is 60 times greater in the US than in the UK.

Gill Marshall-Andrews, Chair of the Gun Control Network, says:

“The handgun ban was not a knee-jerk reaction to the Dunblane tragedy, it was a brave and hugely significant measure to make this country safer. And it has succeeded. We have one of the lowest rates of gun crime in the world. All decent thoughtful people should be proud of that and those thinking of voting for UKIP might want to consider what they are promising and what sort of society they really want.”

N.B. data from

Gun Homicide in 2011

US 11,101     Rate per 100,000 population 3.6
UK 38           Rate per 100,000 population 0.06
This means that the US has 60 times the rate of gun homicides as the UK.



GCN Press Release - 30 October 2014


Gill Marshall-Andrews, Chair of GCN says:

"Almost all women and children killed by a gun in this country are murdered with a licensed weapon. These tragedies are preventable. The current licensing system is not fit for purpose and terrible multiple murders will still be committed in this country by people with licensed guns if we don’t sort this out.

The most notorious of these firearms licence holders are Michael Ryan (Hungerford, 1987), Thomas Hamilton (Dunblane, 1996), Derrick Bird (Cumbria, 2010), Michael Atherton (Horden, 2012) and now John Lowe (Surrey, 2014).

Concerns had been expressed to the police about all of these people but still they still hung onto their guns. Those tragic murders could all have been prevented if the licensing regime had been more robust.

A good licensing programme needs three things: money, independence and intelligence.

Currently none of these elements are in place. The gun licence fee is absurdly low, there is no independent element in the licensing process and the police do not seek or adequately respond to information from members of the public.

All of this can be remedied with proper funding and a change of culture.

First, non-shooters should be involved in the licensing process as well so firearms officers do not become too close to gun owners.

Second, the license fee currently costs £10 a year for as many shotguns as you want. This does not pay for an effective licensing system. Shooters will pay thousands of pounds for a day’s shooting and champagne yet the taxpayer is subsidising them by about £100m over 5 years. The license fee should cover the whole cost of running more robust checks and gaining better intelligence about gun owners. A reasonable estimate of this is around £200 per licence.

Third, anyone with a history of domestic violence, drug or alcohol abuse or mental illness should not have access to guns. Families should be asked if they have concerns about guns in the house. Domestic partners, neighbours and health professionals should be consulted. Concerns raised by the public should be acted on and the police should be more prepared to revoke and refuse licences.

The proposed new Crimestoppers’ gun hotline may provide a channel for information about gun owners’ behaviour if people know about it. If it is to be successful the police will have to respond to the intelligence adequately and the phone line will have to be properly marketed to the general public."




Gun Deaths 2012-13


Published 11 March 2013

  • 87 deaths were reported, including 45 deaths that were apparently self inflicted

  • In at least 51% of all gun deaths the weapon used was a shotgun; at least 64% of self-inflicted deaths involved a shotgun

  • 77% of female gun victims were killed in domestic incidents by a partner or family member

  • 31% of all gun homicide victims were murdered in domestic incidents



Data compiled from British media reports for incidents in England, Scotland and Wales from 1 January 2012 to 11 March 2013



Firearms Crime in England and Wales Fall Eighth Consecutive Year


Annual Total of Firearms Offences in England and Wales

If you experience any gun crime contact your local police force

or phone Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111


If you have any concerns about gun ownership and use please write to us at:

It helps us to know why you are interested in gun control and, if appropriate,

 the institution or group you represent

If you, your family or friends have been affected by gun violence, or have particular issues with guns or gun culture please contact Infer Trust.  Infer Trust is a National Registered Charity which raises awareness of public health and safety issues, with particular reference to use of firearms and imitation guns etc. The Trust offers support, advice and networking opportunities to those affected.


If you are young you can also visit the website of The Kids Taskforce Charitable Foundation, a charity dedicated to providing information to young people on how to stay safe



GCN Press Releases and Comment

Gun Deaths in 2010

Home Affairs Committee Report on Firearms Control Published

GCN's Evidence to Home Affairs Committee;

Supplementary Evidence

Licensed Gun Owner Kills 12 People - June 2010

Cats Continue to be Targeted in Airgun Attacks - May 2010

Young Britons' Foundation and Liberal Gun Laws - March 2010

Gun Crime Figures - February 2010

> View Other Recent Press Releases

Latest Statistics


Gun Ownership in England and Wales

Home Office data given on The Guardian Website provide details of the number of legally-held guns in each police area in England and Wales


  Update for England & Wales (excludes Airgun Crime)


Annual Figures for England & Wales (include Airgun Crime)

> see Comment


Gun Offences Decrease in Scotland


Data Released in Parliamentary Answers: Court Proceedings - Imitation and Air Weapons, Hospital Admissions, Firearms Crime per 100,000 Population, UK Gun Deaths, Misappropriated Firearms


Gun Homicide Rates by Country

(graph shows how much lower gun homicide is in Britain in comparison with most other countries)

 International Comparisons Updated

What Can You Do?

Issues Raised by Correspondents to GCN

Cats Killed but Police Seem Unable to Act ● Neighbours using Airguns ●

Teenage Son is left a Tetraplegic as a Result of Airgun Shooting ●

The Long Term Effects of Gun Crime on a Victim


What Happens to Guns when an Owner Dies ● Gun Sales in a Toy Shop ● Inadequate Responses to Gun Incidents ● Access to Guns by Unfit Persons


 Pet Owners Factsheet

GCN receives e-mails from pet owners whose animals have been shot with guns, usually air weapons.  The factsheet provides some practical advice.


> See GCN Comment on Cat Shootings


Guns in Advertising


GCN was very saddened to learn of the death of Janice Collins.  Following the murder of her son Brendon Lawrence who was shot dead in St Ann's, Nottingham, in 2002 Janice became a tireless campaigner against gun crime.  She was a key member of Mothers Against Guns and ensured that the voice of the families of gun crime victims did not go unheard.  There are tributes to Janice in an article in the Nottingham Post.  We offer our sympathy to all her family and friends.


Other Campaigns and Activities

> Hampshire Police FAKE Campaign


> Winnenden Families' Campaign

Families of students and teachers killed in a school shooting at a school in Winnenden in March 2009 are campaigning for stricter gun laws in Germany



Violent Crime Reduction Bill

Parents of Airgun Victims Write to MPs


Last updated Saturday, 24 January 2015


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This Website outlines our aims - which are simple - and the ways in which you can help.

The role of GCN is not to convince people that guns are dangerous. Sensible people know that already.


Our job is to ensure that public safety remains the priority in all matters of gun licensing and legislation. Owning a gun is a privilege to be earned, not a right to be claimed. There are still too many unsuitable people owning guns.

On the website you'll find details of our campaigns, the activities of other groups, firearms statistics, lists of gun incidents and GCN comment.

Our job is to persuade the law-makers that they must listen to the majority, and not be swayed by the narrow sectional interests of the shooters.


In putting forward our views we have had to contend with hostility from the shooting fraternity for whom it is anathema to advocate controls over the possession of lethal guns (click here for examples).