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Last Updated: Friday, 26 September, 2003, 05:29 GMT 06:29 UK
Tragic journey for grieving parents
Alistair Grimason
Alistair Grimason was hit by a stray bullet
The parents of a Scottish toddler shot dead while on holiday in Turkey have returned to the country to campaign for stricter gun control.

David and Ozlem Grimason, from East Kilbride, are to address a special conference aimed at persuading the Turkish government to introduce stricter gun laws.

Two-year-old Alistair was killed after being shot in the heart when a gunfight broke out at a cafe in the resort of Foca on 7 July.

His parents have now returned to the country where he was killed for the first time.

The toddler died after being hit by a stray bullet as he slept in his pram.

Since Alistair's death, his parents have been campaigning to change Turkey's gun culture.

They have collected nearly 100,000 signatures in both Scotland and Turkey on a petition calling for an all out ban on handguns.

Complete ban

On Sunday, Mr Grimason will address a special conference in Istanbul looking into gun control.

The family also hope to lobby the Turkish prime minister directly for a change in the law.

Mr Grimason said the family are determined to bring about a complete ban on handguns in Turkey.

"We've got over 100,000 signatures on Alistair's petition and I don't think that can be ignored."

Confernence co-ordinator Tanzer Gezer said: "Mr Grimason will be giving a personal account of his loss and talking about his son Alistair.

"He will also be talking about gun control in Scotland and calling for a change in the law in Turkey."

Mick North, whose five-year-old daughter Sophie was killed in the 1996 Dunblane massacre, has travelled with the Grimasons to lend his support.

Mr North helped set up the Gun Control Network campaign group after the shootings at the Dunblane school which claimed the lives of 16 children and their teacher.


WATCH AND LISTEN
BBC Scotland's Aileen Clarke
"The couple are determined to bring about a complete ban"


David Grimason
"Over the years I think there's a lot of children been killed"



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