UK: One gun seized per week in small town

Police have seized more than one gun per week in Scarborough, UK, a town with a population of around 50,000. Between 2009- 2011, 177 guns were collected including shotguns, handguns and rifles. Lucy Cope of Mothers Against Guns said, “If there’s such a high amount of seized firearms in one small town, imagine if a national check was done? The numbers would be staggering”.  Chrissie Hall of the Gun Control Network stressed how this highlights the need for stricter controls on the issuing of gun licences. She said, “About half of all gun crime can be attributed to legally held weapons, or weapons that don’t need a license”. The Gun Control Network is calling for likely victims of gun crime, such as current and former partners, to be contacted before a license is granted.