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Jonathan Djanogly opposes ban on legally-held .5 callibre rifles

27th June 2018

Speaking in the Second Reading debate of the Offensive Weapons Bill, Jonathan Djanogly opposes measures to ban .5 calibre rifles as a ban would disproportionately affect law-abiding gun owners as these weapons are too bulky, expensive and loud to be used in crime.

Mr Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon) (Con)
I generally welcome the Bill, but I should point out that the measures he is talking about mean banning the weapons. They relate to about 200 bulky, expensive and very loud rifles which, as far as I know, have never been used for a single crime in this country. It is probably the gun least likely ever to be used in a crime. Is the Secretary of State aware that in pursuing this policy without good evidence, he is losing the confidence of the entire sport-shooting community for no good reason?

Sajid Javid
According to the information that we have, weapons of this type have, sadly, been used in the troubles in Northern Ireland, and, according to intelligence provided by police and security services, have been possessed by criminals who have clearly intended to use them. That said, I know that my hon. Friend speaks with significant knowledge of this issue, and I would be happy to listen to his views and those of others.


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