Clause 30 - Manufacture, import and sale of realistic imitation firearms

Part of Violent Crime Reduction Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 12:30 pm on 25th October 2005.

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Photo of Diane Abbott Diane Abbott Labour, Hackney North and Stoke Newington 12:30 pm, 25th October 2005

I hope to catch your eye later on clause stand part, Mr. Benton, but I want to support the Government amendments too. For a long time some of us—led by the Police Federation, I remind Opposition Members—have called for a ban on imitation firearms, and for a long time we have been told about the problem of definition. I support the Government in their attempt to deal with that problem and respond to the demand for a ban on imitations. Because the Government are a listening Government, as debate progresses they may want to table further amendments. However, I congratulate them on dealing with the issue of definition without letting it stop the important policy thrust of stopping the growth in the use of imitation weapons in crimes.