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EDM (Early Day Motion) 488: tabled on 09 January 2003

Tabled in the 2002-03 session.

This motion has been signed by 21 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

As this motion is using historical data, we may not have the record of the original ordering, in which case signatories are listed alphabetically.

Motion text

That this House notes the recent Home Office Statistical Bulletin which reported that handgun crime has risen by 35 per cent. over the past year; further notes that the 1997 ban on handguns which resulted in 50,000 law abiding people handing in their firearms, has clearly had the reverse effect of its aim to reduce gun crime; recognises that the perpetrators of the recent horrific shootings in Birmingham used an automatic weapon, which have never been legal in this country, and given this fact considers it ludicrous to ban replica handguns that can be indistinguishable from children's toys and could have the effect of creating criminals out of children while playing on the streets; warns against legislating in haste; and that this ban could have the same effect as the Dangerous Dogs Act by wasting the valuable time and resources of the criminal justice system to no good effect; and urges the Government to recognise that the way to tackle gun crime and so-called gun culture is to tackle the causes of disaffection and drug-abuse amongst young people.

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.

In addition to the sponsors, the following Members have signed to support the motion.

These members had previously signed the motion, but have now withdrawn their support. The date shown is when the Member withdrew their signature from the motion.