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.”
More top news
An 84-year-old woman from the North East has abseiled down Middlesbrough's Transporter Bridge to raise awareness of Fair Trade.
Emma Jesson brings you Sunday's weather forecast
ITV Tyne Tees and Border presenter Pam Royle won Best Presenter, while ITV News Tyne Tees picked up the Best News Programme award.