The Firearms (Amendment) (No. 2) Act 1997

Name of Legislation and link to Parliament

The Firearms (Amendment) (No. 2) Act 1997

Reason why it should be put on the Bonfire

This was a emotionally driven piece of law driven by a tabloid media campaign, and which overruled the recommendations of the government's own inquiry (which concluded that the Dunblane shootings were down to a failure of Policing and law enforcement). To that end firearms law required no new restrictions. This Act resulted in the outlawing of multiple Olympic disciplines from the UK, and has utterly failed in it's attempt to curtail crime involving firearms. In 12 years no other Western nation has followed the UK's "shining example" suggesting that the UK is too restrictive, not the other way around.

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