MSP slams gun shop near school
Labour’s Edinburgh Southern MSP Daniel Johnson has said it is “wildly inappropriate” for a new gun shop to open near a primary school.
Edinburgh Rifles and Sporting Goods has been operating online for the past 18 months and owner Ed Bewsher believes Mr Johnson’s statement is a personal attack on a “legal and legitimate business”. He continued: “Mr Johnson claims to support local businesses but appears to be selective in the sector they work in. The community faces more risk from newsagents selling legal highs than could ever come from a small, registered firearms dealer.
“I have three children under the age of 15 and if I thought there would be any risk I wouldn’t be in this industry. Every customer I have is vetted by the police and their doctor. The security required is extremely high. I would be more than happy to speak to Mr Johnson about any concerns he has.”
Mr Johnson said:
“I worry that this promotes the normalisation of shooting for sport in an area which is passed by children.”
Chief Superintendent Gareth Blair, Divisional Commander for Edinburgh, said: “Any registered firearms dealer is subject to a strict and rigid application and vetting process.” An impressive £16,000 has been raised for the Army Benevolent Fund by a retired gamekeeper, two wildfowlers, a falconer and a hound follower.
The five walked 100km across the Western Front as part of the 2018 Frontline Walk to commemorate the centenary of World War I and in memory of fellow fieldsports enthusiasts and employees who served in the War. As a mark of respect, they wore their countryside clothing.
Participant Richard Walton commented: “The support and generosity of the rural community towards the Frontline Walk has been incredible.”
To make a donation, visit po.st/frontlinewalk.
Daniel Johnson believes a new gun shop will “normalise shooting”