News Items from the UK
A TEACHER police feared could become "the next Thomas Hamilton" has been banned from the profession. Firearms enthusiast Stewart Nicoll, 56, is to be struck off by the General Teaching Council for Scotland after being found guilty of professional misconduct at Grantown Grammar in the Highlands.
He had previously been suspended by the local authority on full pay after his civil case against the police to win back his guns hit the headlines. . . . .
It appears that someone as young as eight years of age has been allowed to fire a shotgun in England:
Children as young as eight are being issued gun licences by the police, figures showed yesterday. # Have your say: Is eight too young for a gun?
Forces granted 1,291 shotgun certificates to those aged 16 and under in England and Wales during the 12 months to October.
Police said that there was no minimum age requirement for a holding licence and that a certificate would be issued to anyone who was not banned under the Firearms Act or did not pose a risk to public safety.
Campiagners expressed shock last night that those so young were being given licences. However, police said that children were not allowed to own a gun unless they were over 16 and licences were not issued until they were satisfied that security measures were in place and that adults were supervising correctly. . . . .
Thanks to Bruce Mills for these links.