In the 2 November session of the Home Affairs Committee on firearms control, Dr North and Ms Marshall-Andrews gave evidence as representatives of the Gun Control Network.

Dr North called for air rifles to be put on a single firearms certificate: ?We had for a long time advocated a single system, not only to include shotguns and Section 1 firearms but also air weapons as well.?

He went on to draw on the experience of other countries to call for more regular renewal of certificates. He said: ?I have had a look to see what other countries do. New South Wales, as far as I can tell, does ask for renewal every two years.?

The Gun Control Network is also pushing for GPs to be required to alert the police if they prescribe a gun owner with a certain level of medication. Ms Marshall-Andrews said: ?This is about the GP having the information on a record that somebody has a gun licence, and with a proper clear protocol that says to them, ?I am prescribing something for this person who is depressed, therefore, maybe I should call the police and let them know.??

The rest of this article appears in 17th November issue of Shooting Times.

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