Young Persons (Firearms)

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 31 May 1962.

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Photo of Mr Edwin Wainwright Mr Edwin Wainwright , Dearne Valley 12:00, 31 May 1962

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will introduce legislation to make it an offence for any person under the age of 18 years to have in his possession in a public place, or on a public highway, a loaded air-rifle, or any other similar firearm, between the period of one hour after sunset and sunrise.

Photo of Mr Edwin Wainwright Mr Edwin Wainwright , Dearne Valley

Will the Minister and his right hon. Friend have another look at this problem? Is the hon. and learned Gentleman aware that the restrictions suggested in the Question are very lenient? When will something be done to help the police and the magistrates by imposing a restriction on irresponsible youths who use firearms of this kind? Is the Minister aware that lights at night are not even likely pigeons but are sitting ducks to youths with guns? Will not the Minister do something to prevent them having guns at night time in any event?

Photo of Mr David Renton Mr David Renton , Huntingdonshire

The hon. Member may have overlooked the fact that a Bill restricting the possession of air weapons by young people under the age of 17 in public places received its Third Reading in this House on 4th May and is now in another place.

Photo of Sir George Benson Sir George Benson , Chesterfield

What reason is there for anybody carrying firearms at any time of the day or night?

Photo of Mr David Renton Mr David Renton , Huntingdonshire

I do not know whether the hon. Member has ever enjoyed a day's shooting or has ever tried to destroy vermin with firearms. These are two good reasons for carrying them.

Photo of Sir George Benson Sir George Benson , Chesterfield

But not in public streets.