Friday, 18 April 2008

Devon and Cornwall Police defend the right of children to carry guns

Devon and Cornwall police have been on the defensive this week following comments made by ‘Mothers Against Violence’ (MAV), who have pointed out that there is in fact no age restriction on the issuing of firearms licences.

MAV have rightly suggested that there should be an age restriction on who can carry firearms, but Supt Steve Swanni, from Devon and Cornwall Police defended the right of children to carry guns. Swanni told the BBC that if a child less than 16 years of age applies for a gun licence, a number of ‘stringent procedures’ are carried out including a criminal record check and a home visit. However, no mention was made of what the ‘procedure’ was for children between the ages of 16 and 18 years of age.

As MAV founder, Pasty McKie, said:

“Guns are fascinating to children, but they're dangerous too.”

“As adults, it's our job to set good examples and that includes meaning people are properly trained.”

CPW believe that the law needs to be changed and that Devon and Cornwall police are wrong to defend the issuing of guns to children.

See: Children Allowed Guns in Cornwall

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