Letter to the Chairman from Mr J A Broughton,
Assistant Chief Constable, Essex Police
FIREARMS ACTS 1968 TO 1997: LONG BARRELLED
I have been asked to express my concerns to
you as Chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee on the Licensing
of Firearms by Mr Hart, Assistant Commissioner for the City of
London Police and Chairman of the Association of Chief Police
Officers sub group on the administration of Firearms Licensing.
Please find enclosed an advert
from Shooting Sports Magazine regarding a new type of firearm
which is increasingly coming on to the market. These "long
barrelled revolvers", unlike the "buntline" style
which was around before the passing of the 1988 and 1997 Acts
are a deliberate attempt to circumnavigate the prohibition of
handguns by using a 12 inch barrelled revolver with an accompanying
"wrist brace". The "Millenium Arms Carbine"
which is of a similar style uses the extension from the rear of
the revolver as a removable butt and has already caused some concern
regarding one of my certificate holders.
I write to ascertain whether you would be willing
to consider these items whilst conducting your review of the licensing
of firearms, and call for the prohibition of this firearm and
its ilk under the powers contained in Section 1(4) of the Firearms
(Amendment) Act 1988. If handguns were deemed "specially
dangerous" by Parliament after the Dunblane tragedy, the
mere fixing of a 6 inch rod to the back of the firearm makes it
no less dangerous. The logical conclusion to these firearms is
Glock and Smith & Wesson handguns which are made from polymer
plastic with relatively easy to break extensions to the rear.
I submit the above proposal in order that these
firearms do not proliferate the shooting market and circumnavigate
the will of Parliament.
J A Broughton
Assistant Chief Constable (C)
10 March 2000
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