1. TO COUNCILLORS

WE SUGGEST YOU HANDWRITE YOUR LETTER AND MAKE IT AS PERSONAL AS YOU CAN

TO COUNCILLOR (NAME)

Dear Mr/Ms/Mrs...............

Gun Control/ Combined Cadet Forces

I am writing to express my support for further gun controls and to urge the council to take what action it can to reduce the opportunities for shooting in [your area].

I very much hope that the Education Committee will take the view that the introduction of CCFs in state schools is entirely unacceptable for the following reasons;

  1. Guns are dangerous weapons and have no place in educational establishments; children should be protected from guns not encouraged to develop an interest in them.

  2. Arsenals of guns pose a quite unnecessary risk to the safety of children and teachers. They are susceptible to criminal attack and require a level of security that is inappropriate to a school.

  3. If the Ministry of Defence has public money to spend on encouraging discipline and teamwork in children and young people then it should transfer that money to schools to be used for more suitable extra curricular activities e.g. outward bound courses or community/environmental service.

This is an issue about which parents all over the country feel very deeply. Guns are made for killing and do not belong in schools.

Yours sincerely

 

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2. TO MPs

WE SUGGEST YOU HANDWRITE YOUR LETTER AND MAKE IT AS PERSONAL AS YOU CAN

 

Dear Mr/Mrs/ Ms
or
Dear Member of Parliament

 

Control of Guns

 

I write to express my growing concern about the number of ‘look-alike’ guns that are currently flooding the market.  Some of them are sold as toys, such as BB guns which shoot pellets, and others as non-functional replicas manufactured under an agreement with the companies who make the real guns such as Colt and Smith & Wesson.

 

These look-alikes are all freely available in toy shops, camping shops, markets and other high street outlets; they are not certified and can be owned by anyone including children.  Since they cannot be distinguished from the real thing they pose a significant threat to the general public, to shop workers and bank clerks, to the police and to the owner himself who may mistakenly be thought to be carrying a real gun.

 

The government took brave and farsighted action in November 1997 to introduce a complete ban on handguns but this measure is now being undermined by the proliferation of weapons which look exactly like a real handgun.  Public safety is being threatened by these guns which have no sporting purpose and which should be removed from circulation.

 

I urge you to bring the matter up with the relevant government minister and request that a ban on ‘look-alikes’ is introduced as soon as possible.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

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3. SAMPLE RESOLUTION FOR COUNCILS

"This council welcomed the decisive action taken by the government in November 1997 to ban all handguns but notes that the large majority of the law-abiding public wish the government to go further.  In particular, we urge the government to introduce a minimum age limit of 18 for all guns, and to introduce a ban on all “lookalike” weapons, be they toys or replicas.

All councillors are urged to pledge themselves not to sign applications for firearms certificates."