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Friday, September 4, 1998 Published at 16:28 GMT 17:28 UK


Tebbit backs anti-gun ban protesters

Lord Tebbit: Protesters want quicker compensation

Former Tory cabinet minister Lord Tebbit is backing shooting enthusiasts' demands for compensation after they were forced to surrender their handguns.

The controversial peer will speak at a London meeting organised by the Firearms Industry Compensation Group exactly a year to the day after the hand-in period for full-bore handguns ended.

[ image: Gun businesses: Facing hardship]
Gun businesses: Facing hardship
Lord Tebbit is backing gun dealers and individuals who claim they are suffering hardship due to delays in payments to those affected by the ban.

Britain adopted some of the world's most draconian gun laws after the 1996 Dunblane massacre in which gun owner Thomas Hamilton shot dead 16 children and their teacher.

The rally is intended to force the government to settle outstanding claims and draw attention to businesses that have suffered hardship because of the ban.

Home Office Minister Alun Michael has also been invited to speak at the rally, but has yet to confirm whether or not he will attend.

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