HC Deb 12 May 1980 vol 984 cc344-5W
Mr. Gwilym Roberts

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what study he has made of the general advertising of a number of high velocity weapons, such as Armalite M16 shotguns, available with only shotgun certificates; and what steps he is taking to reduce the availability of such dangerous weapons.

Mr. Brittan

Most of these weapons are no more powerful than shotguns of conventional appearance and require a shotgun certificate. The more powerful versions require a firearms certificate. The controls of the existing law, which provide heavy penalties for the misuse of firearms, are in my view adequate at the present.