In October 2017 a consultation was launched into air weapons. It closed in February 2018. We are now a full year on and still haven’t had the Government’s response to the evidence gathered.
As I noted to the Leader of the House of Commons, I have constituents who sadly lost loved ones because of the misuse of air weapons and they need answers to what the UK Government will do next.
I have written to the Leader of the House asking for more information as soon as possible and for the Home Office to provide its response.
The Offensive Weapons Bill returned to the Commons for Report Stage this week and it gave me the opportunity to press for greater safety measures for air weapons.
A tragic event happened in North Wales to one of my constituents when an air weapon was obtained by children and it resulted in the death of a child. I put forward amendments to the Bill calling for all air weapons to be locked away in a cabinet and for them to be fitted with trigger locks.
It is important that we provide extra protections for young and vulnerable people who could accidentally obtain an air weapon.