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Volume 957: debated on Tuesday 7 November 1978

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he is satisfied with the operation of legislation relating to the dissemination and sale of firearms; and what changes he proposes to make to legislation on the subject.

I have no reason to believe that the present controls under the Firearms Act 1968 are ineffective, but I have it in mind to strengthen them when a suitable legislative opportunity occurs, in ways which would affect the purchase and possession of certain firearms.