Minister praises gun campaigners

Alison Turnbull with Bobby
Alison Turnbull with Bobby
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RELATIVES of gun massacre victims have been praised for their “dignified campaign” to strengthen firearms licensing.

Bobby Turnbull and his uncle Bobby Hardman went to Westminister to meet Damian Green, Police and Criminal Justice Minister.

Bobby, 24, from Blackhall, wants tighter gun controls, after an inquest into the deaths of his relatives, shot dead in Horden on New Year’s Day last year, heard of failings in issuing killer Michael Atherton’s firearms licences.

The minister confirmed changes to gun laws are under way, in light of the deaths of Bobby’s mum Alison Turnbull, 44, sister Tanya Turnbull, 24, and aunt Susan McGoldrick, 47. Mr Green said: “Bobby Turnbull and Bobby Hardman have run a dignified campaign to strengthen the firearms licensing process.

“I was pleased to meet them and update them on progress made so far on improvements to Home Office guidance.

“We are paying particularly close attention to ensuring intelligence about domestic violence is fully taken into account when police consider firearms licence applications.”