What we’re doing about gun crime
Strengthening the law
* introduced a minimum five-year sentence for people convicted of possessing an illegal firearm
* made it an offence to possess an air weapon or imitation firearm in public without legal authority or reasonable excuse
* increased the age limit for possession of air rifles to 17
* prohibited certain air weapons that are easily converted to fire live ammunition
The Violent Crime Reduction Act 2006 includes provisions to:
* target imitation firearms – by making it illegal to manufacture or sell imitation firearms that could be mistaken for real firearms, strengthening sentences for carrying imitation firearms, and creating tougher manufacturing standards so imitations can’t be converted to fire real ammunition
* reduce illegal use of air weapons – by increasing the age limit for buying or firing air weapons without supervision
Targeting illegal firearm supplies
We’re cutting off the supply of firearms into the country by tightening security on import routes and international mail, and monitoring online firearm suppliers.
Tackling the rise in gun culture
We established the Connected (new window) programme to support local community groups in their fight against gun crime.
We also held a highly successful gun amnesty in 2003 which resulted in the handing in of 43,908 guns and 1,039,358 rounds of ammunition.