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  Carrying guns to get five years in prison
Updated 06 January 2003, 15.50
Gun laws are set to change in Britain
Strict new laws to crack down on guns are being planned.

There are claims that the amount of gun crime in Britain has doubled in the last few years, and the government says it's not acceptable.

The big change will be a prison sentence of at least five years for anyone carrying a gun illegally.

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This comes after two teenage girls, Latisha Shakespear and Charlene Ellis, were shot dead at a party in Birmingham on New Year's Eve.

Marcia Shakespear's daughter was killed in a gun attack
The government reckons the gun problem affects lots of young people, who carry weapons either to protect themselves or look cool.

Carrying guns is also sometimes related to drugs.

'It has got to stop'

Marcia Shakespear, the mother of one of the girls who died, said something must be done to stop the gun culture.

"This has got to end," she said. "My daughter's life was cut short by this incident. I do not want another child to be killed. It has got to stop now."

The government is hosting talks with police and other relevant groups on Friday to discuss how best to tackle the growing gun problem in Britain.

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