Sunday, April 20, 2008

UK cops hand out gun permits to 7-yr-olds

Police have given gun licences to children aged just seven. A Daily Mirror investigation discovered 5,343 under-18s got permits in last two years because of a legal loophole. All youngsters have to do is fill in a form and attend a routine police interview to get a licence.

These include permits for .22 rifles, .243 rifles, .410 pistols, .410 shotguns and 12-bore semi automatic shotguns. Anti-gun campaigners branded the figures "scandalous." Sussex police handed out most gun licences to kids. It issued 403 permits to children - including four nine-year-olds, three 10-year-olds and 20 11-year-olds.