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Wednesday, 26 October 2005

Change in Gun Law Mooted

The British government has started to talk about relaxing gun laws, in order to help the shooters prepare for the 2012 Olympics in London.

Sports Minister Richard Caborn is to meet Patrick Johnson, secretary of the British Shooting Sports Council, later this week.

Special permission has been given for shooting to be staged in 2012, but Britain's top competitors are currently forced to do most of their training in Switzerland.

The anti shooting legislation, banning most types of handguns, was introduced after the Dunblane massacre in 1996 when Thomas Hamilton killed 16 schoolchildren and a teacher.

Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell said:

"In the seven years between now and 2012 we will obviously keep this under review. But we would be reluctant to argue that we move from the legislation for which we know there is a lot of public support for good reason."

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