Time to ban air rifles
Jun 13 2008 by Andrew Baldwin, Huddersfield Daily Examiner
YOU wouldn’t think it was so hard to get air rifles banned.
Politicians and campaigners have been exercised by them for years.
Countless children are still being killed or maimed by these weapons. And animals too.
Huddersfield woman Raznehar Fraser is the latest to experience what airguns can do.
She has a pellet which cannot be removed after a teenager shot her in the leg as she was walking out with her partner and their dog.
There is a pressing need for better legislation on these weapons.
Many kids will go to their parents to ask for them and, unbelievably, the parents will actually buy them.
Yet airguns are not toys – they are dangerous, indeed lethal.
The 1968 Firearms Act has been amended countless times – with changes having been bolted on through a raft of Acts and regulations over four decades.
In the 21st century, the question remains: How come there are such tight controls for pistols and shotguns, but any airgun can be propped up in the bedroom or kitchen?
We need to enact laws to protect communities where the continuing misuse of airguns is damaging lives and harming the peace and security that everyone deserves.