Gun licence ban call for men guilty of abuse at home

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A South Yorkshire MP has called on the Government to close a legal loophole allowing violent partners to apply for guns.

People with a history of domestic violence can keep applying for firearms licences – but Barnsley East Labour MP Michael Dugher says he will now back tough new action in September when Parliament returns.

The Government recently rejected a Labour amendment to the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill which would have allowed police to refuse gun licences for people with a history of domestic violence.

The amendment would also mean people with a history of violent conduct, drug and alcohol abuse were also unable to receive a gun licence.

However, the issue will return to Parliament in September and Michael Dugher intends to vote for this proposal to help stop violence against women.

He said that statistics show one in every three women killed by their partner in England and Wales is shot with a legally-owned weapon.

Mr Dugher said: “Gun licences should be awarded only to people that the police have the very highest confidence in.

“A history of domestic violence should be a clear marker that someone is unsuitable for gun ownership.”