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Gun law poses issue for Games bid

Games competitors in shooting competition
The pistol events are an important part of the Commonwealth Games

Britain's strict gun laws could pose a problem to Scotland's 2014 Commonwealth Games bid, the country's sports minister has admitted.

Patricia Ferguson said there were issues over the pistol events, which are key Commonwealth sports.

Tough gun laws, introduced after the Dunblane massacre, prohibit the use of such firearms in public venues.

Ms Ferguson told BBC Radio Scotland that no final decision had been made on how to handle the matter.

She said: "There are obviously issues around the country about shooting, with the kind of incidents that we've seen happen here.

"We're also very conscious that we win medals in shooting too, so all of that has to be weighed up.

"But it's an issue we are very alive to and one that we're trying very hard to come to a reasonable and sensible conclusion on."

Patricia Ferguson
We've ruled nothing out and nothing in at the moment and we will consider those over the next month or so
Patricia Ferguson
Sports Minister

The Glasgow bid team is hoping a solution can be found by staging the event on a secure Ministry of Defence or police firing range.

Ms Ferguson added: "We're looking at all the options just now.

"We've ruled nothing out and nothing in at the moment and we will consider those over the next month or so."

She added that the final decision will only be made after consultation with the shooting fraternity.

Glasgow faces competition in its bid to host the games from Abuja, Nigeria and Halifax, Canada.

A winner is scheduled to be selected in November 2007 in Colombo, Sri Lanka.



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