British MP calls for bans on shotguns in homes

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The British Parliament may be sending weapons to Ukraine to fend off Russian invaders, but the legislative body could soon ban the possession of pump action shotguns by British subjects in yet another push to disarm the public under the guise of increased safety.

The proposed law has been introduced by Luke Pollard, a Labour Party MP from Plymouth, where last year a 22-year old killed five people with a shotgun he was licensed to possess before taking his own life. Under the legislation, all legal owners of shotguns would be required to remove those guns from their home and store them at gun clubs or ranges instead.

Luke Pollard, MP for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport, said: “I want to see changes in gun laws informed by the evidence from the Inquest and police investigations. That may take some time so today I am presenting the first part of Keyham’s Law with the hope that further measures can be proposed after careful consideration from these investigations. I promised the community in Keyham that the law around guns must change and my bill is the first step in our campaign to keep people safe.

“My bill would ban the keeping of pump-action weapons in homes. I see no good reason why anyone would need a pump-action shotgun to be kept in their homes. I want to see stricter rules on gun ownership, to stop other communities going through the pain that we have.”

Some of the families of the victims are expected to attend parliament when Mr Pollard presents the bill on Wednesday, and will meet with Crime and Policing Minister, Kit Malthouse.

Keyham resident and member of the neighbourhood watch, Laura Mevyn, said that her community “has been left in shock”.

“Guns are not toys,” she continued. “They should not be treated as something cool, or ordinary in any way.”

Sounds like Laura Mevyn would fit right in with Moms Demand Action. I wonder if they have any international chapters?

Unlike the United States, gun control activists in England don’t have to pay lip service to the Second Amendment. They can be honest about their desire to denormalize gun ownership instead of parroting that empty phrase “I support the Second Amendment, but…”

There are still plenty of commonalities between American and British anti-gun efforts. Just like most gun control bills here in the United States, these new restrictions in the U.K. are aimed squarely at legal gun owners, the vast majority of whom, of course, will never commit a violent crime in their lives. Meanwhile, gang members in London are using illicitly obtained firearms on a regular basis, despite all of the existing gun laws in place, including a ban on handguns.

I have no idea what’s going to happen with “Keyham’s Law,” but England is so far down the gun control rabbit hole that it wouldn’t surprise me at all to see the measure enacted, even with Conservatives in control of Parliament. The effort to denormalize all firearms, even the Joe Biden-approved pump action shotgun, won’t stop until there is no legal way to possess a gun at all in Great Britain, and given the anti-gun attitudes prevalent throughout the country, gun control advocates may very well get their wish one day.