Government gun laws criticised

The family of three women who were shot dead in County Durham on New Year's Day 2012 have criticised the government for not changing the gun laws. New guidance has been issued but the family of the victims say it isn't enough.

Full report: Family of Horden victims criticise government

The family of three women who were shot dead in County Durham on New Year's Day 2012 have criticised the government for not changing gun laws.

New home office guidance has been issued this week but the law will remain the same.

Earlier this year a coroner at the inquest into the Horden shootings called for "root and branch" changes to how guns are licensed. Frances Read reports.

Home office response to gun guideline changes

Minister for Policing Damian Green said:

“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.”

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Family criticise government over gun laws

Victims of Horden shootings: Susan McGoldrick, Alison Turnbull, Tanya Turnbull Credit: Durham Police

The family of three women who were shot dead in County Durham on New Year's Day 2012 have criticised the government for not changing the gun laws.

New guidance has been issued this week but the law will remain the same.

The home office has said the new guidance is robust and will be continually reviewed.

Back in March a coroner at the inquest into the Horden shootings called for "root and branch" changes to how guns are licensed