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Minister for Policing: "Domestic violence is unacceptable in any society"

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.”

– Minister for Policing Damian Green

Home Office responds to Horden shootings campaign

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.

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Full Report: Family of shooting victims travel to London

The son of one of the victims of the Horden shootings has told ITV News he hopes gun controls will be tightened within months.

Bobby Turnbull's mother, sister and aunt were shot dead in County Durham by Michael Atherton.

At the inquest into their deaths the coroner called for drastic changes to the way guns are licensed, and Bobby travelled to London to try to secure the changes he wants to be made.

Watch the full report from Frances Read below.

Horden gun control campaign: Home Office statement

The Home Office has issued the following statement to ITV News In response to the campaign launched by Bobby Turnbull for tighter security around granting gun licenses.

"...paying particularly close attention to ensuring intelligence about domestic violence is fully taken into account when police consider firearms licence applications".

– Home Office statement

They have also confirmed that they are considering raising firearms fees and say that changing the guidance around gun control should be completed by the end of this year.

Full Report: Family of Horden victims take their fight to London

A man whose mother, sister and aunt were shot dead last year has been to London to lobby politicians for changes to the gun laws.

Bobby Turnbull met with the Home Office Minister, Damian Green, and asked him to consider his family's pleas for tougher gun control.

Watch Lucy Taylor's report on what prompted his eighteen-month campaign below.

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Family of Horden shootings victims in London for meeting

A County Durham man whose mother, sister and aunt were shot dead, is meeting a minister today to discuss gun laws.

Susan McGoldrick, Alison Turnbull and her daughter Tanya Turnbull were killed at a house in Horden on New Year's Day last year.

Michael Atheron, who went on to shoot himself, had legally owned guns despite a history of domestic violence.

Bobby Turnbull is meeting the Home Office Minister Damian Green this afternoon to discuss plans to tighten gun laws.

Gun law meeting for Horden family member

Susan McGoldrick, Alison Turnbull and Alison's daughter Tanya

A man from County Durham whose mother, sister and aunt were shot dead, is meeting the Home Office Minister on 17th June to discuss gun laws.

Bobby Turnbull's family were killed in the shootings at Horden last year.

Michael Atheron, who went on to shoot himself, had legally owned guns despite a history of domestic violence.

Full Report: Conclusion of Horden Shootings inquest

A coroner has called for an overhaul of the way gun licences are granted at the conclusion of the inquest into the Horden shootings - where a taxi driver shot dead three people, as well as himself.

At the inquest in County Durham three verdicts of unlawful killing were recorded as well as one verdict of suicide.

The coroner said that the victims would not have died if more robust procedures had been in place for granting gun licences

You can watch the full report from Frances Read below.

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