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FOR nearly 30 years, the Art Loss Register has recorded details of stolen guns, from 17th-century firearms and flintlock pistols to Wesley Richards rifles and shotguns from the likes of Purdey and Holland & Holland, with more than 400,000 general searches conducted every year. now, the organisation is launching a Gun Loss Register, so that buyers can access a database of more than 5,000 stolen firearms pre purchase.
‘The end result is to increase recoveries, deter theft and support the trade and law-enforcement agencies,’ explains founder Julian Radcliffe. Last year, crimes involving firearms increased by 20%, with police in England and Wales recording 6,694 offences. The initiative has earned the backing of the Gun Trade Association, with director Simon West calling it ‘a vital contribution to the international battle against the trade in stolen guns’.
Anyone can register a theft or submit a search at www.gunlossregister.com, for £10 per search or from £3 as part of a subscription. Already a functioning website, the register will be officially launched at The Game Fair at Ragley Hall, Warwickshire, on Friday, July 27.