Ten-Minute Rule Bill: Firearms and Hate Crime

I have supported the presentation of the ‘Firearms and Hate Crime’ Bill to Parliament by Luke Pollard MP. The Bill received its First Reading on Wednesday 2 March 2022. The Bill has been presented in response to the fatal shooting of four adults and one child in Plymouth on 12 August 2021.

The motion to bring in the Bill was: “That leave be given to bring in a Bill to prohibit the keeping of pump action firearms in homes, with exemptions for professional pest controllers and farmers; to make provision about medical requirements for holders of firearms certificates; to make provision about the disclosure of mental health concerns relating to holders of firearms certificates; to extend offences of stirring up hatred to cover hatred on the basis of sex or gender; to make motivation by misogyny an aggravating factor in sentencing for violent crimes; and for connected purposes.”

The Bill will receive its Second Reading on 18 March 2022.