Today the Policing Minister, Chris Philp MP, responded to the senior coroner’s report into the Keyham inquiry. In response, Luke said:
“After years of campaigning with Keyham family members, the government has finally made some progress. Full cost recovery for gun certificates and mandatory licencing training for police licensing officers are welcome steps forward.
But it’s unacceptable that the Home Office has rejected a number of the senior coroner’s calls including the need for a root and branch review of gun laws. The Coroner’s recommendations weren’t a policy pick and mix but the bare minimum needed to learn the lessons from the tragedy in Plymouth.
“I believe strongly Britain’s gun laws are broken and outdated. Unless we learn the painful lessons of the Plymouth tragedy, we will be doomed to repeat them. I will keep fighting for the full adoption of the coroner’s recommendations, including a review of Britain’s broken gun laws.”
More information is available here: https://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/news/plymouth-news/government-dismisses-coroners-call-gun-8561407
The Minister’s statement is available to read in full here: https://questions-statements.parliament.uk/written-statements/detail/2023-06-29/hcws895