MSP slams gun shop near school

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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”

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