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General => The Right To Bear Arms => Topic started by: Jonnie Goodboy on January 02, 2012, 12:04:55 pm

Title: BANG! Go any chances of relaxion of Gun Laws in the UK. Six-Shooter kills family
Post by: Jonnie Goodboy on January 02, 2012, 12:04:55 pm
The Daily Mail is obviously gunning for not only headline sales but stiffer laws by rejuvenating public FEAR.

'Depressed' killer who slaughtered his partner and two other women in New Year's Day massacre had licences for SIX guns.

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'Shoot' is the ALT text accompanying this image as it appears in Photo-shopped layers & a smaller format on the front page, of the Daily Mails' web site.

A taxi driver who slaughtered three of his family in a New Year's Day bloodbath was licensed to own six guns, it emerged today.
Michael Atherton, 42, was legally allowed to keep three shotguns and three other firearms.
It was claimed tonight that he had been suffering from depression in the months before the massacre which left his partner Susan McGoldrick, her sister Alison Turnbull and her niece Tanya dead.
Atherton opened fire in his semi-detached house in in Horden, near Peterlee, County Durham, just before midnight last night.
The alarm was raised when Mrs McGoldrick's teenage daughter Laura narrowly managed to escape after being shot when her step-father opened fire.

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Title: Re: BANG! Go any chances of relaxion of Gun Laws in the UK. Six-Shooter kills family
Post by: Jonnie Goodboy on January 04, 2012, 05:30:55 am
"Mr Atherton was licensed to own six weapons, three of them shotguns and a further three "section-one*" firearms." — BBC

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3 January 2012

Shooter — Michael Atherton. Fortunately not our ex-National Cricket Captain, also a Mike.Athers.


‘Section 1’ Firearms *

'Shooters wishing to use a .22 for rabbiting, a .17HMR for vermin control, a .243 for foxing or a .308 for stalking will need a ‘Section 1’ Firearms Certificate. This enables the holder to possess the exact calibre, number and type of rifles specified on the licence and outlines the purposes for which each may be used. Therefore, if you are found shooting rabbits with your .308 and it specifies on your licence that it is for deer shooting, you will be committing an offence. You can see the application form for a FAC on the Metropolitan Police website:

Unlike ‘Section 2’ shotguns, a ‘Section 1’ firearm must be required for a specific purpose (called ‘Good Reason’) and the police need to be satisfied that the applicant needs it and has good cause to want it for the specified purpose. If you cannot convince the police of your need, they do not have to grant the FAC.

A first FAC is usually restricted and the owner may only use his rifle on land specified or approved by the police for that calibre weapon. An experienced FAC holder may be granted an ‘open licence’ which means he can use the rifle anywhere he judges it to be safe and appropriate, within the law.

Another type of gun that is considered a ‘Section 1’ firearm is any shotgun with a barrel shorter than 24” or a semi-auto or pump-action gun with the capacity to hold more than two shells in the magazine, or any shotgun with a detachable magazine. Air rifles which exceed the 12ft/lb power output limit are considered ‘Section 1’ firearms.

Security for ‘Section 1’ firearms is similar to that for shotguns except that the police are more likely to insist on a monitored alarm and they also require ammunition to be locked securely (ideally in a separate section from the rifles).

In order to buy and sell ‘Section 1’ firearms, the police must grant permission in advance for each sale or transfer. Any ammunition purchased must be entered on the FAC by the seller and the amount of ammunition possessed is restricted and specified by the police.

When travelling with firearms, do not leave them unattended and whilst travelling, bolts, magazines and ammunition should be stowed separately from the rifle. Trigger locks and cable ties are also a wise precaution.'