The inquest into the Horden shootings has heard how the gunman never had his licence revoked despite threatening to kill himself.
In 2008 Durham Police took Michael Atherton's guns off him - but he was later given them back.
He would then go on to shoot himself, his partner and two members of her family on New Year's day of last year.
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The coroner has ruled that the deaths of three members of the same family, and their shooter, could have been avoided.
An inquest has heard how a man who went on to kill three members of his family before turning the gun on himself had been warned by police.
The inquest into the deaths of a man who shot himself and three members of his family on New Years Day 2012 has been taking place today.