The Firearms (Amendment) (No. 2) Act 1997 was the first significant piece of legislation introduced by the new Labour government of Tony Blair. …. this new (No. 2) act banned the private ownership of all cartridge ammunition handguns, regardless of calibre.
And now from Times Online which is Britain’s premier newspaper:
THE government was accused yesterday of covering up the full extent of the gun crime epidemic sweeping Britain, after official figures showed that gun-related killings and injuries had risen more than fourfold since 1998.
The Home Office figures – which exclude crimes involving air weapons – show the number of deaths and injuries caused by gun attacks in England and Wales soared from 864 in 1998-99 to 3,821 in 2005-06.
Quote from Home Office:
The number of firearm crimes which resulted in injuries has more than doubled in seven years
years: from 2,378 in 1998/99 to 5,001 in 2005/06. This entire rise comes from non-air weapon
offences resulting in injuries which have risen more than four-fold in that time.
The Sunday Times August 26, 2007 Ministers ‘covered up’ gun crime, David Leppard
Homicides, Firearm Offences and Intimate Violence 2005-06, Home Office