HC Deb 03 December 1931 vol 260 c1235
29. Mr. HARRIS

asked the Home Secretary whether his attention has been called to the injury caused to a boy in Bethnal Green recently by another boy firing an air-gun obtained through cigarette coupons; and whether he proposes to make any restrictions on the use of air-guns in crowded areas?


This incident had not previously come to my notice, but I have obtained particulars. I presume that the hon. Member has in mind the possibility of applying the provisions of the Firearms Act, 1920, to the use of air-guns in crowded areas, but there is only power to apply those provisions to specially dangerous types and thus far no sufficient ground has been shown for applying them. A gun licence is already required for carrying or using an air-gun outside the curtilage of a dwelling-house, and the Metropolitan Police Act, 1839, provides penalties for the wanton discharge of any missile to the damage or danger of any person.


Does the right hon. Gentleman realise that by the firing of this air-gun in this area another small child lost an eye?


I understand that, unfortunately, that is so.