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Volume 33: debated on Tuesday 30 November 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will introduce legislation to ban the sale of airguns direct and by mail order to prevent them falling into the hands of young people under 17 years of age.

There are already restrictions on the possession of air weapons by young people and we are not persuaded that changes in the law are justified or would be effective. A publicity campaign to heighten public awareness about the dangers of air weapons misuse will take place next year. Amongst those actively involved will be voluntary organisations which work with young people.