The Minister Policing called domestic violence 'unacceptable in any society' and added that people should be in no doubt that chance of then holding a firearms certificate is diminished. It comes as the Home Office publishes new guidelines for firearms in response to the Horden shootings campaign.
“Domestic violence is unacceptable in any society and perpetrators should be in no doubt that their chances of ever holding a firearms certificate are greatly diminished.
“This new Home Office guidance clearly sets out a process which police forces should follow when considering an application from someone with a history of domestic violence.
“It should also ensure the views and experiences of victims of domestic abuse are carefully and sensitively taken into account.
“I am confident that this guidance will continue to protect the public from people who are not suitable to hold firearms.”
Bobby Turnbull, who lost three family members in a shooting in Horde, County Durham, has had a response to his campaign for tighter gun control.
Bobby's mother, sister and aunt were shot dead last year, and he has been to London to lobby politicians.
The Home Office has released guidance that says people with a history of domestic violence should notbe allowed to possess a firearm or shotgun. The publication also says every incident shouldprompt a police review.
The new guidance will form part of the Firearms Guide. Police will use it when they are deciding whether to grant a certificate.