Clause 43 — Air Weapons: Age Limits
Anti-social Behaviour Bill
Mr Peter Atkinson (Hexham, Conservative)
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I tell Ms Taylor that I appreciate the tragedy in her constituency. I am also aware of other accidents, such as when a young girl was blinded in Gateshead owing to the misuse of an air weapon. However, the only way in which we could provide that an air rifle or any firearm never caused an accident would be by banning them all. That would be similar to saying, "If you don't want people to be killed by cars, ban all cars"—the point becomes rather ridiculous. In this case, hard cases would make bad laws.