• News Feeds
Page last updated at 08:12 GMT, Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Should children be able to use guns?


As the law currently stands, there is no minimum age to get a licence to use a shotgun in the UK.

Labour MP Thomas Docherty, who is calling for a minimum age to be introduced, told the Today programme that children as young as seven were using guns.

The UK's gun laws, he said, "haven't kept up with modern society".

But David Taylor, of the Countryside Alliance, said that the idea that children licensed to use guns would go on to commit crime was "deeply offensive".

And he added that, in the last 10 years, there have been only two cases where children under 14 have had their shotgun licence revoked.

Get in touch with Today via email , Twitter or Facebook or text us on 84844.


Story Tools


Sign in

BBC navigation

Copyright © 2019 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific