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Blair wants gun crime age reduced

By Fortunesfool     Feb 18, 2007 in Crime
Britain's Prime Minister wants the age that you can receive long sentences for gun crime reduced to 17.
Presently you have to be 21 before a five year sentance for gun crime becomes mandatory. Two weeks ago he ordered a review of existing legislation after four fatal shootings in London in the last month. He argued that gun crime is "a specific problem within a specific criminal culture".
US-style surveillance of the homes of people suspected of possessing guns or trading in them will also be considered. However, both main opposition parties accused Mr Blair of simply reacting to headlines.
Shadow home secretary David Davis warned: "Yet again we are seeing the prime minister reacting to a headline rather than dealing with the issues in the long-term."
"We now have to think what are they going to do for 16-year-olds and 15-year-olds because these gangs won't stop at using younger kids to carry guns, drugs, whatever it may be."
Meanwhile the Liberal Democrat leader, Sir Menzies Campbell, said that there were "no quick fixes" .
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