There have been rumours circulating that the second tranche of firearm laws will be snuck through Parliament. If these rumours were true we’d be rallying the troops to put pressure on the Government, but they are not.
Why the confusion?
People have noticed that the Arms Legislation Bill is on the order paper for Tuesday 28th. Being on the Order Paper means it could be debated if Parliament got to it, but it’s been there for a long time. The ALB was actually number 6 on the February 20 Order Paper, but it hasn’t been advanced since then.
What Happens Next?
For the next month Parliament will be busy dealing with COVID related legislation as well as the Budget. Select Committees will advance some other legislation but the ALB has already passed through Select Committee.
And the Arms Legislation?
Make no mistake, it will return, COVID just delayed the Bill. The Government will be desperate to pass it before the election. A register, absurd rules for clubs, and all of the spiteful attacks on perfectly lawful behaviour are still in there.
What Are We Going to Do About It?
Keep the pressure on so the Government pays a political price for bad legislation. They might make it less bad, but we will need to finish the job. At election time, we need to unite LFO’s politically at the election, take control, and get the change we need.