§ 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 345W heavy penalties for the misuse of firearms, are in my view adequate at the present.