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01-17-2008, 5:59 AM
Ban Ban Ban!!! That will solve it. If it isn't working then obviously we need more of the same tell it works. Its always how you get a dead horse to run isnt it????

Summit plans to reform gun laws
Air guns
The government wants action on gun laws in Scotland
A firearms summit to identify how gun laws can be reformed is being planned by ministers in Scotland.

Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill will invite police, farmers, shooting clubs and Home Secretary Jacqui Smith, as well as gun control campaigners.

He said that with gun crime increasing, the law needed to be tougher and simpler to understand and enforce.

Last year saw 247 firearms incidents in Scotland resulting in death or injury, up 25% on the year before.

The Scottish Government said it wanted the event to be held at the earliest practical date.

Despite welcome past reforms, no responsible government can say the job is done
Kenny MacAskill
Justice Secretary

Mr MacAskill said: "We have a shared interest in bringing together all of the interests, to ensure the summit acts as a springboard for practical action to tackle the insidious weapons culture that we must not allow to get a grip on our communities."

The announcement of the summit comes on the day Mr MacAskill is to raise the issue of firearms control during a debate in Holyrood.

And ahead of that he will meet Dr Mick North, whose five-year-old daughter Sophie was killed in the Dunblane shooting, and Andrew Morton and Sharon McMillan, who have been campaigning for a ban on the sale of airguns following the death of their two-year-old son Andrew, who was struck in the head by an air pellet.

Mr MacAskill said communities across Scotland were "crying out" for tougher action to tackle the spread and misuse of firearms, in particular air weapons.

He said: "Despite welcome past reforms, no responsible government can say the job is done.

"Not when firearms casualties in Scotland rose by a quarter last year - one in three of them children - and when cases of attempted murder involving firearms are almost three times that of a decade ago."

He added: "We need a robust regime - more straightforward for legitimate users to comply with and more efficient for our police to administer and enforce."