Next month is a year since the tragedy in Keyham and Ford. Our community has been through so much over the past year and I am enormously proud of the way people in Plymouth have stepped up to look after one another. The next month will be really difficult. I want to encourage us all to reflect and remember those we lost, those injured, and a community that is still hurting.
Immediately after the tragedy, I made the case in Westminster for emergency funding. We have now received £1.8 million in support for our community and we have raised £100,000 via the Plymouth Together fund. Thank you to all those who have donated.
Today, I presented Keyham’s Law in the House of Commons. If it becomes law, this Private Members’ bill will ban pump-action shot guns from being kept in homes and make violent misogyny a hate crime.
Keyham’s Law was originally debate by the Commons in the last Parliamentary year. Sadly, it didn’t pass because MPs ran out of time to consider it. So, today, I re-introduced it. The presentation only took a few seconds but it means Keyham’s Law is a live bill again.
I am pleased that the government has already adopted part of the bill: linking medical records and gun certificates together electronically so someone seeking mental health support would automatically have their suitability for a gun certificate reviewed. This will save lives.
We have to do more to ensure that another tragedy like the one we witnessed in Plymouth never happens again. I’m grateful to MPs from all parties who lent me their support to present Keyham’s Law today.
It will take time, but we will change the law on guns.