UK: Remembering the victims of the Cumbria Shooting

On 1 June, we commemorated the first anniversary of the ‘Cumbria shootings’, when a licensed gun-owner shot and killed 12 people and grievously injured 11 others with a .22 rifle and a shotgun. The shooting prompted a government inquiry into national gun control, which heard the testimony of the Gun Control Network, an IANSA member in the UK. The inquiry resulted in several recommendations, including a shorter renewal period for licences; and a system for doctors and police to share information regarding gun owners with mental health problems. The fact that the shooter’s former partner had expressed concern about his gun licence has also led to the proposal that police dealing with gun licence applications should consult current and former partners of the applicant to find out if there is any reason why a licence should not be issued.