Is there really a gun problem in this country?Incidents involving guns make up less than 1% of the total number of crimes committed every year in the UK.
A relatively large number of young people now say they carry real or fake handguns to protect themselves. In fact you’re more likely to be a victim of gun crime if you carry a gun yourself.
Gun lawsTo tackle the problem of gun crime, sentences for people convicted of crimes involving a gun have been made a lot tougher.
Anyone found guilty of possessing an illegal firearm faces a minimum prison sentence of five years. Also, you now have to be at least 17 years old before you can possess an air rifle.
It’s also now illegal to sell realistic imitation guns, even if they can’t be turned into weapons that fire real ammunition.
What can you do?If you have information about gun crime in your area and you're nervous about going to the police, you can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. They will never ask for your name or try to trace the number you're calling from.
There are also a number of local anti-gun crime initiatives run by police authorities and councils which you might want to get involved in. They organise activities within communities to highlight the problem and some hold discussions about how the problem can be tackled.
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