An­nie get your gun

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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.

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