Keyham’s Law – my bill to strengthen gun laws after the tragedy in Keyham and Ford – was due to be debated by MPs in Parliament today.
Sadly, the debates on previous bills over-ran and we ran out of time to debate my bill, so due to Parliamentary rules it has now fallen and realistically won’t be debated again.
I want to thank everyone in Plymouth who has helped contribute to this Bill.
It aimed to do three things: First, to ban people keeping pump action shotguns in their homes. Second, to make violent misogyny a hate crime. Third, to link medical records to gun certificate databases, so anyone presenting to their GP in crisis would have their suitability to hold a firearm reassessed by the police.
We are waiting for the results of the inquest, but these are things Parliament should be doing now to make our communities safer.
My Bill won’t be debated again, but there is some good news. The Government has adopted my proposal to link medical records and gun certificates together. This measure will save lives and I’m hoping to get an update from the Home Office on roll out shortly that I will share.
Our communities have been through a lot in recent years and I will keep campaigning to make our streets safer. My thoughts are with all those affected by the tragedy in Keyham and Ford, especially at this difficult time.