Airguns (Young Persons)

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 24th November 1960.

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Photo of Mr David Renton Mr David Renton , Huntingdonshire 12:00 am, 24th November 1960

My right hon. Friend's attention has been drawn to a number of cases in which injury or damage has resulted from the use of airguns by young persons. The number of cases reported to the police in England and Wales of personal injury from airguns fired by persons under the age of 17 was 501 in 1956, 648 in 1957, 719 in 1958 and 738 in 1959. I regret that the corresponding figure for 1938 is not available. A review of the working of the existing law has been undertaken, and many suggestions for improvement have been considered. There will no doubt be an opportunity of discussing the matter during the proceedings on the Bill which has been introduced by my hon. Friend the Member for Maldon (Mr. B. Harrison).