Tries hard, could do better – professor’s verdict on new firearms report

Published 05.01.11

Professor Peter Squires, professor of criminology and public policy, has given “six out of ten” to the recently-published Home Affairs Select Committee Report on Firearms Control.

Peter, who gave evidence to the committee, said: “They have gone some way to recommend a combination of tightening, whilst streamlining and simplifying, the law.

“The headline which has accompanied the report, ordered in the wake of the shootings in Cumbria and the Raoul Moat manhunt in Northumberland, was that firearms controls in the UK are in a mess. There is little of anything original or controversial in this claim but it is important to reflect upon why our gun laws (currently contained in 34 separate pieces of legislation) are in a mess.

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