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Imitation Guns

Volume 479: debated on Monday 1 September 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps her Department is taking to reduce the availability and use of replica firearms. (221674)

The Government recognise the importance of reducing the availability and use of replica firearms. That is why the Violent Crime Reduction Act 2006, which came into force during 2007, banned the sale, importation and manufacture of realistic imitation firearms.

We set up the Tackling Gangs Action Programme (TGAP) in September 2007 to tackle gangs in the four cities most affected by gun crime (Birmingham, Liverpool, London and Manchester). A TGAP day of action on 17 November 2007 resulted in the seizure of over 1,000 imitation firearms. In addition, 10 real firearms were seized and 124 arrests made. We are building on the work of the TGAP and continue to work with partners to further reduce the supply of firearms.