News & Reviews


May 2018 Review


by Gun Control Network on 16-06-2018

GCN is committed to preventing gun violence and we work to pursue that objective through changes to the legal system, public services and attitudes to guns.... read more


SUMMARY OF FATAL GUN INCIDENTS April 2017 – March 2018


by Gun Control Network on 17-04-2018

 GCN monitors FATAL GUN INCIDENTS in Great Britain and compiles a list that summarises the available information.... read more


April 2018 Review


by Gun Control Network on 16-05-2018

GCN is committed to preventing gun violence and we work to pursue that objective through changes to the legal system, public services and attitudes to guns.... read more


March 2018 Review


by Gun Control Network on 16-04-2018

GCN is committed to preventing gun violence and we work to pursue that objective through changes to the legal system, public services and attitudes to guns.... read more


February 2018 Review


by Gun Control Network on 23-03-2018

GCN is committed to preventing gun violence and we work to pursue that objective through changes to the legal system, public services and attitudes to guns.... read more


January 2018 Review


by Gun Control Network on 19-02-2018

GCN is committed to preventing gun violence and we work to pursue that objective through changes to the legal system, public services and attitudes to guns.... read more


December 2017 Review


by Gun Control Network on 08-01-2018

GCN is committed to preventing gun violence and we work to pursue that objective through changes to the legal system, public services and attitudes to guns.... read more


November 2017 Review


by Gun Control Network on 19-12-2017

GCN is committed to preventing gun violence and we work to pursue that objective through changes to the legal system, public services, and attitudes to guns.... read more


October 2017 Review


by Gun Control Network on 16-11-2017

GCN is committed to preventing gun violence and we work to pursue that objective through changes to the legal system, public services, and attitudes to guns.... read more


September 2017 Review


by Gun Control Network on 18-10-2017

GCN is committed to preventing gun violence and we work to pursue that objective through changes to the legal system, public services, and attitudes to guns.... read more


August 2017 Review


by Gun Control Network on 13-09-2017

GCN is committed to preventing gun violence and we work to pursue that objective through changes to the legal system, public services, and attitudes to guns.... read more


July 2017 Review


by Gun Control Network on 19-08-2017

GCN is committed to preventing gun violence and we work to pursue that objective through changes to the legal system, public services, and attitudes to guns.... read more


June 2017 Review


by Gun Control Network on 20-07-2017

GCN is committed to preventing gun violence and we work to pursue that objective through changes to the legal system, public services, and attitudes to guns.... read more


May 2017 Review


by Gun Control Network on 07-06-2017

GCN is committed to preventing gun violence and we work to pursue that objective through changes to the legal system, public services, and attitudes to guns.... read more


January 2017 Review


by Gun Control Network on 01-03-2017

GCN is committed to preventing gun violence and we work to pursue that objective through changes to the legal system, public services, and attitudes to guns.... read more


December 2016 Review


by Gun Control Network on 01-02-2017

GCN is committed to preventing gun violence and we work to pursue that objective through changes to the legal system, public services, and attitudes to guns.... read more


October 2016 Review


by Gun Control Network on 17-11-2016

GCN is committed to preventing gun violence and we work to pursue that objective through changes to the legal system, public services, and attitudes to guns.... read more


September 2016 Review


by Gun Control Network on 12-10-2016

GCN is committed to preventing gun violence and we work to pursue that objective through changes to the legal system, public services, and attitudes to guns.... read more


GCN extends sympathy and support for victims of recent shootings


by Gun Control Network on 19-06-2016

Gun Control Network extends sympathy and support to the victims families and friends of all those who have been killed, injured, or suffered as a result of the gun violence in Florida, USA and Yorkshire, UK over recent days.... read more


May 2016 Review


by Gun Control Network on 15-06-2016

GCN is committed to preventing gun violence and we work to pursue that objective through changes to the legal system, public services, and attitudes to guns.... read more


Research shows rise in fatal airgun attacks on cats


by Gun Control Network on 30-05-2016

Research by charity Cats Protection, as reported by the Uttoxeter Advertiser, has shown a rise in the number of fatal airgun attacks on cats in the Midlands.... read more


April 2016 Review


by Gun Control Network on 29-05-2016

GCN is committed to preventing gun violence and we work to pursue that objective through changes to the legal system, public services, and attitudes to guns.... read more


Ben Wragge, aged 13, died 1 May 2016


by Gun Control Network on 01-05-2016

Gun Control Network, and the families of other children killed in airgun incidents, send sympathy and support to the family and friends of 13-year-old Ben Wragge who died after being shot with an airgun in Thurston, Suffolk on Sunday 1 May 2016.... read more


Freedom of Information request highlights 25% increase in police Taser use on children


by Gun Control Network on 19-04-2016

A recent Freedom of Information request reported by the Daily and Sunday Express has highlighted a significant increase in police Taser use on under-18s in the UK in the last calendar year.... read more


March 2016 Review


by Gun Control Network on 13-04-2016

GCN is committed to preventing gun violence and we work to pursue that objective through changes to the legal system, public services, and attitudes to guns.... read more


20th Anniversary of the Dunblane Massacre


by Gun Control Network on 25-03-2016

The recent 20th Anniversary of the Dunblane Massacre prompted a number of media comments on the tragedy's legacy and the positive contribution to public safety of the subsequent handgun ban: The Huffington Post The Guardian (editorial) Daily Record and Sunday Mail The Guardian NBC News .... read more


What Do We Know About the Association Between Firearm Legislation and Firearm-Related Injuries?


by Gun Control Network on 03-03-2016

A recently published systematic review of 130 research studies from 10 countries by Santaella-Tenorio et al.... read more


Gun Deaths in U.S. Remain Highest Among High-Income Nations


by Gun Control Network on 17-02-2016

Elsevier Press Release (01-02-2016): Americans are ten times more likely to die from firearms than citizens of other developed countries, according to new report published in The American Journal of Medicine Gun deaths are a serious public health issue in the United States and the scope of the problem is often difficult to illustrate.... read more


January 2016 Review


by Gun Control Network on 15-02-2016

GCN is committed to preventing gun violence and we work to pursue that objective through changes to the legal system, public services, and attitudes to guns.... read more


October 2015 Review


by Gun Control Network on 01-11-2015

GCN is committed to preventing gun violence and we work to pursue that objective through changes to the legal system, public services, and attitudes to guns.... read more


Airgun crimes in Staffordshire increase by 25% in 2014-15


by Gun Control Network on 24-10-2015

Airgun crime in Staffordshire increased by 25% in 2014-15, according to a report published in the Express and Star as a result of figures released in a Freedom of Information request.... read more


September 2015 Review


by Gun Control Network on 01-10-2015

Gun Deaths We are aware of at least three gun deaths in September 2015: A soldier in his 20s has been found dead from what are believed to be self-inflicted gunshot wounds from his own, presumed legally held, gun at his barracks in Bicester, Oxfordshire.... read more


August 2015 Review


by Gun Control Network on 01-09-2015

Gun Deaths We are aware of at least three gun deaths in August 2015: A 43-year-old man was shot dead by police in north London.... read more


July 2015 Review


by Gun Control Network on 07-10-2015

See July Incidents and July Sentences for the full lists.... read more


June 2015 Review


by Gun Control Network on 30-06-2015

See June Incidents / June Sentences for the full lists.... read more


A MESSAGE FROM MICK NORTH, Dunblane Parent and Founding Member of UK’s Gun Control Network

I’m sorry that I’m unable to be with you today and can’t be part of the March for Our Lives in Edinburgh.  I wish you every success.

My daughter Sophie was one of the children killed at Dunblane Primary School in March 1996.  Ever since then I’ve been involved in campaigning for tighter controls over guns in this country.  Here in Britain that campaigning has been successful, and with tougher firearms legislation we now have a significantly lower level of gun crime than previously and one of the lowest globally.

During those 22 years since Dunblane I’ve had many opportunities to talk to people from around the world about their own concerns with gun violence.  Many are keen that the lessons learned here should be taken on board by their own country.  Almost without exception industrialised countries that have suffered horrific shooting events have reacted by recognising the danger of making guns too easily available, and they've tightened their laws.  This should be how a decent society protects its own from the misuse of any dangerous item.  And such measures pay off.

But there is an exception, one country where lessons have not been learned and meaningful action is rarely taken.  It is a country with a terrible record of gun atrocities, the nation where school shootings have become commonplace.  It is, of course, the United States of America, a close friend, but on this issue we seem poles apart.

We fail to understand why so many American politicians appear to accept that a death rate in excess of thirty-five thousand people per year – victims of gun homicides, accidents and suicides – is a price worth paying for a right to bear arms.  In 2017, 22 people were murdered with a gun in Great Britain, 22 deaths too many yet still significantly fewer than the number murdered with guns EACH AND EVERY DAY in America.  Shouldn't the lesson be obvious?  The only factor common to all mass shootings, indeed to all shootings, is that someone has a gun.  And in the USA it is too easy to get hold of one.

International comparisons show a correlation between a country’s level of gun ownership and the number of gun deaths.  The more guns, the more deaths.  And so, if the USA really wants to turn its thoughts, tears and prayers after each mass shooting into something positive, it has to deal with the easy availability of firearms.  Surely the Founding Fathers would be horrified that their 18th Century words are being used to justify arming teenagers with 21st Century battlefield weapons that have turned their own schools into battlegrounds.

Following Dunblane, we argued vigorously that public safety was paramount and must never be compromised by any right or privilege to own a gun.  The Second Amendment should be interpreted to take account of the safety of all Americans and not just the desires of the few.

 ‘There are none so blind as those who will not see.’  Lawmakers of America it is time for you to open your eyes and shed your blinkered NRA-inspired views. You must know that your gun laws have been failing your people for too long.  Following Parkland many young eyes are now wide open, and all those marching today are clear about what needs to be done.  Don't wait too long to join them, don’t let thousands more die because of your inaction.

We’re always being told of America’s love affair with the gun, yet from over here it looks more like an abusive relationship, one that causes too much pain, misery and death.  Seize the opportunity and change that relationship now and allow your children to look towards a safer future.