UK: Children under 10 years old granted gun licences

In the last 3 years, thirteen children under the age of 10 have been granted a licence to use shotguns in the UK. The youngest person to receive the licence was 7 years old. Statistics, obtained by the BBC from 51 police forces in the country under the Freedom of Information Act, showed that between 2008 and 2010, 7,071 licences were issued to under 18 year olds. Current UK law does not include a minimum age for shotgun licence applications. IANSA members in the UK, the Gun Control Network has said, "We oppose the idea of anyone under the age of 18 being given a firearm or shotgun. We should be trying to make guns less available to the young, not more”.