Labour's new gun laws come under fire
CALLS for shotgun certificate holders to "prove their suitability" to own a firearm in future are unwarranted, according to the Countryside Alliance.
Labour's Shadow Crime and Security Minister Diana Johnson said her party wished to strengthen firearms licensing, with an increased fee for licences and to "shift the onus to the applicant to prove their suitability". In response, the Countryside Alliance director of campaigns Tim Bonner said: "Firearms licence holders understand that gun ownership in the UK is a responsibility, not a right and generally accept the justification for some of the strictest gun control laws in the world. A review of police guidance to strengthen the test of 'fitness' to possess firearms, is being undertaken by the Home Office and ACPO, with the full support of the shooting associations. "These new proposals from the Labour Party are, therefore, completely unjustified and together will be seen as an attack on the legitimate shooting community."