Gun campaigner to meet with shadow Home Secretary

Bobby Turnbull
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GUN campaigner Bobby Turnbull is to meet with the shadow Home Secretary to discuss calls for tougher gun controls.

 Bobby, 25, of Blackhall, County Durham, will meet with Labour’s Yvette Cooper to talk through the campaign he launched following the Horden shootings in 2012.

 He lost his mum Alison, 44, sister Tanya, 24, and aunt Susan McGoldrick, 47, at the hands of gunman Michael Atherton who then turned the weapon on himself.

 Atherton legally owned six wea­­­­p­­ons, including three shotguns, despite a history of domestic violence.

Bobby is calling for a new law to let police block gun licences for men who are violent to their partners.

 He said: “I know Yvette Cooper has supported the campaign in the past and that’s why I’m going to meet with her. Both Yvette and I need to come up with ways to put pressure on the Government to change the laws around gun licensing procedures.”

 Mrs Cooper, who has shown support for the campaign, said: “The tragedy of what happened to Bobby’s family should never be repeated.”