§ 56. Commander Kerans
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he will reconsider the need for revising and strengthening present laws regarding the sale and purchase of firearms, in view of the recent increase of crime.
§ Mr. R. A. Butler
The sale and purchase of firearms other than airguns and shotguns are already strictly controlled under the Firearms Act, 1937, and, although I watch the situation, on my present information I have no reason to think that further safeguards are required in respect of these weapons. As regards airguns and shotguns, I would refer my hon. and gallant Friend to the statement made by my hon. and learned Friend the Joint Under-Secretary of State during the Second Reading of the Game Licences and Gun Licences (Miscellaneous Provisions) etc. Bill on 10th March.