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Scotland

Scottish Firearms Offences Fall By A Third

20 November 2013

BBC News

The number of firearms offences recorded in Scotland fell by a third in the past year, according to Scottish government statistics. Police recorded a total of 365 offences in which a firearm was alleged to have been involved in 2012-13. This was a drop of 32% from the 535 recorded in the previous year. The number of offences in which a firearm was discharged and either killed or injured someone fell from 95 to 66. Of these, only one was classed as a homicide, four... (GunPolicy.org)

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Scotland

Two Men Convicted Over Illegal Guns Bound for Scotland

11 October 2013

BBC News

Two men have been convicted of being involved in a plot to buy guns and ammunition destined for Scotland. The £3,500 consignment was discovered after being abandoned at Carlisle railway station in August last year. During a trial at Liverpool Crown Court, Barry Kelly and Craig Colquhoun denied trying to buy the stash. Two other men who supplied the weapons, William Dempsey, a serving soldier, and Martin Ashdown, pleaded guilty to firearm offences. The trial heard... (GunPolicy.org)

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Scotland

Scottish Police Chiefs Voice Concerns Over Plans to License Air Guns

5 September 2013

Herald (Scotland)

Serious doubts have been cast over planned new controls of air guns after Scotland's most senior frontline officers warned licensing would be too expensive and unwieldy. The move is likely to cause embarrassment, coming days after the Scottish Government announced new laws to license air weapons as part of its last programme of legislation before the 2014 independence referendum. The licensing of air weapons was a key part of the SNP's manifesto and for years focused... (GunPolicy.org)

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Scotland

Gun Licence Question Over Farm Killings in Scotland

10 August 2013

Evening Times (Scotland)

The investigation into the deaths of two men in a farm shooting should centre on how the killer was able to obtain a firearms licence, the local MP has said. Robert McCormick, 53, is said to have gunned down 59-year-old Peter Thompson and injured his fleeing son John, 36, shooting him in the leg. McCormick then turned the gun on himself during the incident at Meadowhead Farm and equestrian centre in Auldhouse, South Lanarkshire on Tuesday. Michael McCann, the MP for... (GunPolicy.org)

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Scotland,England & Wales

Domestic Abusers Facing Gun Ban in UK

31 July 2013

BBC News

People with a history of domestic violence should be prevented from having guns, says the Home Office. Police in England, Wales and Scotland should review a person's suitability to keep firearms after every domestic violence incident, ministers say. Police have also been told to ask family members confidentially if they have concerns about an applicant. The change comes after a man from County Durham shot three members of his family and then himself in... (GunPolicy.org)

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Scotland

Majority of Scottish People Oppose New Airgun Licence Plan

19 July 2013

BBC News

An overwhelming majority of those who responded to a Scottish government consultation on licensing air weapons oppose the plan. Under the proposed new scheme, anyone wanting to own an air gun would need to demonstrate they had a legitimate reason for doing so. A total 87% of respondents rejected the idea - with some describing it as "draconian" and "heavy-handed". A small number of people felt ministers were not going far enough. The Scottish government has... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada,Thailand,Scotland,South Korea

Drunk Thai Student Shoots, Injures Three at Restaurant After Rejection

23 June 2013

Bangkok Post

Three foreign tourists were injured by gunshots in Chiang Mai after a drunk university student opened fire at a restaurant because a waitress rejected him, police said. Chiang Mai police on Saturday arrested Don Praweenmeth, a 27-year-old sixth year medical student at a university in Bangkok. Police said Mr Don confessed that he fired five shots from a 9mm handgun in a busy restaurant on Nimmanahaemin Road at about midnight. The suspect said he was flirting with the... (GunPolicy.org)

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Scotland

Licensed Gun Owners Fall But Number of Firearms Held Rises in Scotland

29 May 2013

BBC News

Scotland has fewer people with firearm licences but they own more guns, the latest statistics have shown. By the end of last year, 141,569 shotguns were held on certificate along with 72,005 firearms. Those figures represented a 10-year high. The number of licences issued by the end of 2012 was 48,168, which represented a 10-year low. Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill said the weapons belonged to people who "had a legitimate reason for owning it". He also made a... (GunPolicy.org)

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Turkey,Scotland

Gun Tragedy Father Honoured by UK Govt as Arms Trade Treaty Passes

23 May 2013

BBC News

A father whose toddler was killed by a gunman with an illegal weapon in Turkey is to be honoured by the UK government for his campaigning efforts. David Grimason, who lost his two-year-old son Alistair in 2003, has pressed for tighter controls on the trade of weapons for the past decade. An international arms trade treaty has been approved by the UN. Scottish Secretary Michael Moore will present Mr Grimason with the letter of thanks during a ceremony in... (GunPolicy.org)

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Scotland

Scottish Man Dies After Being Accidentally Shot in Car

9 May 2013

Daily Record (Scotland)

A young dad bled to death after an accidental shooting on his family farm. Adam Hepburn, 22, was in his Land Rover with another man when a rifle went off. A high-velocity bullet passed through the father-of-one's left thigh, leaving him writhing in agony. The other man in the Freelander 4x4 dialled 999 and rushed Adam on a 10-mile trip to Hawick Cottage Hospital, which does not have an accident and emergency department. An ambulance raced to the hospital, where... (GunPolicy.org)

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Scotland

Scottish Man Jailed for Storing Guns and Ammo

4 March 2013

BBC News

A man who was caught with firearms and drugs at his home in North Lanarkshire has been jailed for seven years. Police raided 50-year-old John Lucas' isolated home at Roughrigg, Airdrie, on April 27 last year. They found cocaine worth £164,000, cannabis worth £12,000, amphetamine worth £11,000 and £38,000 in cash. They also found gun barrels and ammunition. Wheelchair user Lucas was jailed at the High Court in Edinburgh after earlier pleading guilty to the... (GunPolicy.org)

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Scotland,United States,United Kingdom,Australia,Japan

Several Countries Curbed Guns, Saw Public Safety Improve [ES]

18 December 2012

BBC News

[Translated summary: Three industrialised nations - Japan, Australia and the United Kingdom have dramatically reduced gun deaths after applying strict firearm laws.] Tres naciones industrializadas -Japón, Australia y Escocia- han logrado reducir dramáticamente las muertes por armas de fuego tras aplicar estrictas leyes que regulan el porte y comercio de armas que podría servir de modelo en Estados Unidos cuando ese pueblo trata de reponerse de la matanza de niños y... (GunPolicy.org)

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Japan,Scotland,Australia,United States

In Other Countries than the US, Laws Are Strict and Work

17 December 2012

New York Times, Editorial

Like other shootings before it, the Newtown, Conn., tragedy has reawakened America to its national fixation with firearms. No country in the world has more guns per capita, with some 300 million civilian firearms now in circulation, or nearly one for every adult. Experts from the Harvard School of Public Health, using data from 26 developed countries, have shown that wherever there are more firearms, there are more homicides. In the case of the United States,... (GunPolicy.org)

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Scotland

Scotland Wants Air Gun Owners to Have Licences

14 December 2012

BBC News

Air gun owners will need a licence under plans due to be announced by the Scottish government. Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill will launch a consultation on how the new licensing regime for air weapons will work. Powers to legislate on air weapons were devolved to Holyrood under the Scotland Act 2012. It is estimated there could be as many as half a million unlicensed air guns in Scotland. The campaign to tighten air gun controls gathered momentum after the death... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom,Scotland

Gun Crime Falls in Scotland, Authorities Warn Against Comnplacency

4 December 2012

BBC News

The number of offences in Scotland involving firearms has more than halved since 2006-07, according to official figures. Scotland's police forces recorded 514 incidents in 2011-12, a 21% fall on the previous year and a fall of more than 50% on 2006-07. This year's figures are the lowest total recorded in Scotland in 34 years. Air weapons accounted for 38% of all offences - 195 out of 514 - compared with 36%, 234 offences, in 2010-11. Justice minister Kenny MacAskill... (GunPolicy.org)

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Scotland,United Kingdom

Weapons Seizures Rise as UK Police Crackdown on Gangs, Gun Suppliers

31 October 2012

Scotsman (Edinburgh) / Edinburgh Evening News (Scotland)

Silenced pistols, rifles and sub-machine gun rounds are among the firearms seized in the past year by the elite unit set up to take down organised crime in the Lothians. Officers from the Serious and Organised Crime Unit also 
recovered seven shotguns, two revolvers and two stun guns during raids on gang members and properties. Hollow point bullets – dubbed "dum dums" – were also recovered. The shells shatter on impact, where conventional bullets flatten, and... (GunPolicy.org)

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Scotland

Assault Weapons Arsenal Found at Home of Scotland Gang Family

28 October 2012

Daily Record (Scotland)

An ally of the Daniel crime clan has been caught with an arsenal of guns – including three AK-47 assault rifles stashed in his loft. Police discovered the machine guns and thousands of rounds of ammunition when they smashed into the home of Terence Carvell, 56. Downstairs, they found dozens of legal and deactivated firearms. But upstairs in the house in Milton of Campsie, near Glasgow, they found three AK-47 Kalashnikovs and a pistol, oiled and ready for... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States,Scotland,England & Wales,New Zealand,United Kingdom

British Police Reject Idea of More Guns Despite Deaths

19 September 2012

BBC News, Opinion

The deaths of two female police constables have brought into focus the unarmed status of most British police. Why does Britain hold firm against issuing guns to officers on the beat? It's the single most obvious feature that sets the British bobby apart from their counterparts overseas. Tourists and visitors regularly express surprise at the absence of firearms from the waists of officers patrolling the streets. But to most inhabitants of the UK - with the notable... (GunPolicy.org)

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Scotland,United Kingdom

UK Mail Considers Ban on Posting Guns

31 August 2012

BBC News

Plans by Royal Mail to ban the posting of guns and component parts from its services would lead to rural businesses closing, gamekeepers have claimed. Royal Mail has launched a consultation proposing a ban on the transport of all firearms, including sporting guns. It said it was acting to ensure its terms and conditions were consistent with existing firearms legislation. But the Scottish Gamekeepers Association (SGA) argued the move would directly lead to rural job... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom,Scotland

UK Remembers Hungerford Mass Shooting, 25 Years On

18 August 2012

BBC News

"People just want to forget about it, but they can't," says Bryan Geater, whose daughter was nearly killed by gunman Michael Ryan 25 years ago. Say the name Hungerford and most people will associate the town with the events of Wednesday, 19 August, 1987. That summer afternoon Ryan, a 27-year-old unemployed labourer, killed 16 people, injured 15 more and then turned the gun on himself to end a six-hour shooting spree. He changed the lives of residents in the west... (GunPolicy.org)

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