Replica Firearms

House of Lords written question – answered on 14th June 2005.

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Photo of The Earl of Shrewsbury The Earl of Shrewsbury Conservative

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they intend to consult on the feasibility and effectiveness of various measures to ban the sale and carrying of any replica firearm other than one which no reasonable person could mistake for a real gun; if so, when they envisage starting the consultation process; and whether the consultation process will include all representative bodies of the United Kingdom gun trade.

Photo of Baroness Scotland of Asthal Baroness Scotland of Asthal Minister of State (Criminal Justice System and Law Reform), Home Office, Minister of State (Home Office) (Criminal Justice and Offender Management)

The Government are determined to tackle the problems associated with the misuse of imitation firearms and we have now introduced a Violent Crime Reduction Bill which includes measures to prohibit the manufacture, sale and import of realistic imitations. Those measures will be subject to debate in the normal way, and we will consider carefully all the views expressed, including any put forward by representatives of the gun trade.

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