The number of legally owned firearms in Scotland soars

TEENAGERS as young as 13 have been granted shotgun licences in Scotland – according to Scottish Government figures.

And the number of legally owned firearms and shotguns in the country has rocketed by more than 25,000 in the last 10 years as there are now more than 200,000 legally held weapons in Scotland.

The law allows children as young as 14 hold a certificate for a rifle and use it without supervision and there is no lower age limit for owning a shotgun.

Frank Blake, whose wife Mary, a teacher at Dunblane Primary School, was seriously injured by Thomas Hamilton, hit out at the soaring number of legally owned firearms. He said: “Issuing children of 13 with licenses is madness. What does a child want with a gun?” Continue reading

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Police hunt paintball-gun-toting thieves

Lady Boys @ BedlamBy Rory Reynolds

A PAINTBALL firm has been targeted by raiders for the second time in a week.

Bedlam’s site at Queensferry near Edinburgh was hit by sneak thieves overnight on Sunday in a break-in which saw paintball guns, gas grenades and ski masks stolen.

It came just a week after a similar raid at its site in Kirkintilloch near Glasgow.

Police have warned that the stolen items could easily be confused for real weapons. Continue reading

Mumbai massacre survivor relives hotel bloodbath

By Michael MacLeod

THE sole Scots survivor of the Mumbai massacre says he feared “certain death” while trapped in his hotel room for two days.

In a business trip that clashed with an Islamic terror group’s co-ordinated raid of Indian hotels, Roger Hunt, 43, was moments from becoming one of the 170 dead.

Speaking at the weekend in his first interview about the siege, the Royal Bank of Scotland manager told of how he escaped a shower of bullets.

He had just left the Oberoi Hotel’s restaurant when gunmen burst in and “sprayed bullets” at the very table he had eaten dinner at.
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