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Today, I held a Westminster Hall debate on the airgun safety. This debate was called following the death of George Atkinson, 13, who died when a pellet hit his head after an airgun went off accidentally.

In today’s debate I called for two changes to the current law to ensure that this tragic death would not be repeated. These were small but important changes, the first of which was to tighten the wording of the current legislation on airguns. Currently the law states that:

It is an offence for a person in possession of an air weapon to fail to take reasonable precautions to prevent someone under the age of 18 from gaining unauthorised access to it. A defence is provided where a person can show that they had reasonable grounds for believing the other person to be aged 18 or over. The maximum penalty for someone convicted of this new offence is £1,000. Read more “Airgun Safety Debate”