Luke Pollard MP Member of Parliament for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport
Today in Parliament, I asked the Home Secretary, Suella Braverman, what she is doing to prevent a tragedy like Keyham and Ford’s from ever happening again.
Keyham’s Law – my bill to strengthen our gun laws – was due to be debated last week in Parliament. Sadly, the debates on previous bills over ran, and Parliamentary rules mean it is unlikely to be debated again or become law.
But there is some good news. The Government has agreed to one of my Keyham Law proposals: to continuously crosscheck medical records to gun databases, so anyone displaying mental health vulnerabilities to their GP would have their suitability to hold a firearm reassessed by the police. This will save lives.
In Parliament, I asked the Home Secretary what progress is being made to put this into practice. She has promised to give me an update soon, which I will of course share with you.
Keyham’s Law also aimed to ban people from keeping pump action shotguns in their homes, and to make violent misogyny a hate crime. We are waiting for the results of the inquest, but these are things Parliament should be doing now to make our communities safer. I will keep campaigning for these changes.
Plymouth has been through a lot in the past 18 months, and my thoughts are with all those affected, especially at this difficult time. Please do remember that help and support is available.