New guidelines say armed thieves should get longest sentences – The Guardian

Posted January 28th, 2016 in firearms, news, offensive weapons, psychiatric damage, robbery, sentencing by sally

‘Thieves armed with guns or knives should get the longest jail terms under new sentencing guidelines for robberies designed to help courts sentence all types of offenders, from a street mugger to a gang guilty of a bank hold-up.’

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The Guardian, 28th January 2016

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Cameron to review legal protection of shoot-to-kill police officers – The Guardian

Posted December 21st, 2015 in firearms, news, police, prosecutions, terrorism by sally

‘David Cameron has ordered a review into whether armed police should have greater legal protection if they shoot terrorists and other suspected criminals.’

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The Guardian, 20th December 2015

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Bringing the law on firearms up to date – Law Commission

Posted December 17th, 2015 in firearms, Law Commission, legislation, press releases, reports by tracey

‘In a report published today, we make recommendations to solve pressing problems that undermine the effectiveness of the law governing the acquisition and possession of firearms. The existing law is confused, unclear and difficult to apply. There are over 30 pieces of overlapping legislation, some of the key terminology – such as “lethal”, “component part” and “antique” – is not clearly defined, and the law has fallen out of step with developments in technology.’

Full press release

Law Commission, 16th December 2015

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Met Police chief admits delay in giving officers covert body cameras is ‘frustrating’ following fatal shooting – Daily Telegraph

Posted December 17th, 2015 in closed circuit television, delay, firearms, London, news, police by tracey

‘Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, the Metropolitan Police Commissioner, has admitted it was “frustrating” that the undercover officer who fatally shot a suspected gangster was not wearing a covert camera. He acknowledged that it would have been “really useful” in this case, to show exactly what had happened, but claimed there had been difficulties in finding technology that would be suitable for covert operations.’

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Daily Telegraph, 17th December 2015

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Mustafa Abdullah of Stockwell jailed over terror videos – BBC News

Posted December 16th, 2015 in firearms, news, sentencing, terrorism by sally

‘A jihadi has been jailed for four-and-a-half years after police found he had a number of terror training videos.’

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BBC News, 15th December 2015

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Call for tougher laws to stop imitation firearms being ‘reactivated’ – The Guardian

Posted December 16th, 2015 in firearms, Law Commission, news by sally

‘Those “reactivating” imitation weapons should face tougher legal sanctions because of the widespread availability of conversion kits, according to a Law Commission review of firearms legislation.’

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The Guardian, 16th December 2015

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Activist Abdurraouf Eshati admits £18.6m arms plot role – BBC News

Posted October 27th, 2015 in asylum, documents, firearms, guilty pleas, news, terrorism by sally

‘A Libyan activist has admitted his part in an international network plotting an £18.6m deal to bring arms to the war-torn country.’

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BBC News, 26th October 2015

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Black people ‘three times more likely’ to be Tasered – BBC News

Posted October 13th, 2015 in firearms, news, police, race discrimination, reports by tracey

‘Black people are three times more likely than white people to be involved in Taser incidents, Home Office figures disclosed to the BBC suggest.’

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BBC News, 13th October 2015

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Drones operated by criminal gangs used to deliver drugs, mobile phones and potentially firearms to prisoners, admit senior officials – The Guardian

Posted September 17th, 2015 in aircraft, crime, firearms, gangs, news, prisons by tracey

‘Drones operated by organised crime gangs pose an increasing threat to security in Britain’s prisons by offering a new route to smuggle drugs and potentially firearms into the hands of criminals, senior officials have admitted.’

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The Guardian, 16th September 2015

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Easier to get gun licence than drive minibus, says watchdog as it warns more lives will be lost without overhaul – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 15th, 2015 in firearms, licensing, news, police by tracey

‘It is easier to get a gun licence than drive a minibus a watchdog has revealed as it warned Britain faces more gun massacres unless a chaotic licensing regime is overhauled.’

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Daily Telegraph, 15th September 2015

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Tormented pensioner jailed over carrying gun for protection released after legal error – Daily Telegraph

Posted August 20th, 2015 in elderly, firearms, imprisonment, mistake, news, sentencing by sally

‘Roy Delph freed as it emerges lawyers incorrectly classify his 124-year-old weapon after public outcry at his two-year prison sentence for carrying gun.’
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Daily Telegraph, 20th August 2015

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Firearms – making the law more balanced and more effective – Law Commission

Posted August 7th, 2015 in consultations, firearms, press releases by tracey

‘The law governing the ownership and use of firearms is complex and difficult to apply. It is spread across a number of pieces of overlapping legislation, creating significant practical difficulties for investigating authorities and prosecutors, and generating uncertainty for the licensed firearms community.

Today the Law Commission is publishing a scoping consultation paper that identifies what those most pressing problems are. It also makes some provisional proposals as to how they could be remedied. We are asking consultees for their views on the suitability of these remedies.’

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Law Commission, 21st July 2015

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Cherry Groce children to sue Met police for damage shooting caused them – The Guardian

Posted August 7th, 2015 in compensation, families, firearms, news, police, psychiatric damage, violent disorder by tracey

‘Five children of Cherry Groce, whose shooting by a police officer led to the 1985 Brixton riots, are to sue the Metropolitan police for the damage caused to them after she was paralysed in the bungled raid almost 30 years ago.’

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The Guardian, 6th August 2015

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‘Terrorised’ pensioner jailed for having a shotgun in his car – Daily Telegraph

Posted August 3rd, 2015 in elderly, firearms, news, sentencing by sally

‘Judge jails 88-year-old Roy Delph for two years, saying he showed a ‘brazen disregard’ for the gun laws when he was found with a shotgun in his car.’

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Daily Telegraph, 31st July 2015

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Regina v Goldsborough – WLR Daily

Posted July 30th, 2015 in appeals, crime, firearms, law reports, licensing by sally

Regina v Goldsborough [2015] EWCA Crim 1278; [2015] WLR (D) 324

‘Failure to obtain a firearm certificate for an air pistol which had become prohibited was an offence under section 1 of the Firearms Act 1968 rather than section 5(1)(af).’

WLR Daily, 23rd June 2015

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Safety of Tasers to be investigated after death of man in Manchester – The Guardian

Posted July 10th, 2015 in firearms, health & safety, inquests, inquiries, news, police, statistics by tracey

‘An independent inquiry is to look into the continued use of Taser stun guns by police in England and Wales after an inquest verdict earlier this week linking their use to the death of a factory worker in Manchester.’

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The Guardian, 9th July 2015

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Change the law to protect police officers who shoot people, say UK’s highest ranking cop – The Independent

Posted July 7th, 2015 in firearms, murder, news, police by sally

‘The law should be changed to protect police officers who shoot people in the line of duty, the head of the Metropolitan Police has said.’
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The Independent, 6th July 2015

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Azelle Rodney shooting: police marksman cleared of murder – The Guardian

Posted July 7th, 2015 in firearms, London, murder, news, unlawful killing by sally

‘A former police marksman has been cleared of murdering a suspect he shot six times, a killing that the dead man’s mother said had effectively seen her son subjected to the death penalty.’

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The Guardian, 3rd July 2015

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IPCC clears police after man died in Bradford raid – BBC News

Posted July 2nd, 2015 in complaints, firearms, news, ombudsmen, police, professional conduct by sally

‘No police officers will face legal action after a man died of a gunshot wound in a raid on a Bradford house.’

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BBC News, 2nd July 2015

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Jean Charles de Menezes: European court to hear human rights challenge – The Guardian

‘The family of Jean Charles de Menezes will challenge the decision not to bring charges over his death at the European court of human rights (ECHR) on Wednesday.’

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The Guardian, 10th June 2015

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