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Controls on Deactivated Firearms

Volume 488: debated on Monday 2 March 2009

I have published a consultation paper, “Controls on Deactivated Firearms”, which seeks views on how to reduce the use of deactivated firearms in crime.

The Government do not want to interfere with the legitimate collection of deactivated firearms and is looking for a proportionate but effective response to the problem. The consultation paper sets out a range of possible options for reducing the availability of deactivated firearms to criminals.

Copies of the consultation paper are available in the House Library and on the Home Office website at: We should be glad to receive views by 25 May.