BB Guns

Home Department written question – answered on 6th June 2005.

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Photo of Anne McIntosh Anne McIntosh Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs), Shadow Minister (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs), Shadow Minister (Transport)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department

(1) what recent assessment he has made of the dangers posed by BB guns;

(2) what action he has taken to curb the threat posed by BB guns;

(3) what action he is planning to take to reduce the threat posed by BB guns.

Photo of Hazel Blears Hazel Blears Minister of State (Home Office) (Policing, Security and Community Safety), Member, Labour Party National Executive Committee

We are looking very closely at the whole issue of controlling imitation firearms, including air soft guns (commonly referred to as BB" guns).

There is already a range of controls to tackle the misuse of these guns which cause real nuisance and can result in the deployment of armed police. To help combat the problem, the Anti-social Behaviour Act 2003 created a new offence of having an imitation firearm in a public place without reasonable excuse. This means that anybody seen in public with an airsoft gun can be challenged and, if unable to give a satisfactory explanation for having it, arrested. It is also a serious offence to threaten other people with imitation firearms.

We have made it clear that we will not tolerate the use of imitation firearms to threaten and intimidate others and we will be proposing tougher laws on the sale and manufacture of all imitation firearms and tougher penalties for misuse in the proposed Violent Crime Reduction Bill.

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Dave Craven-Romain
Posted on 8 Jun 2005 6:06 pm

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