Doctors may have say on gun licences

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: (Published 26 October 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:1031

The British government acted last week to outlaw handguns and also agreed to examine a more active role for doctors in new procedures for granting shotgun licences. This would entail an applicant's general practitioner supplying information to a police surgeon.

The proposal arises from a report by the Scottish judge Lord Cullen into the shootings at Dunblane primary school last March, when Thomas Hamilton killed a teacher and 16 infant pupils. New gun laws to be passed by Christmas will ban all handguns, except possibly low calibre Olympic style pistols kept in gun clubs.

But this leaves 145 000 …

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