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Old 11-22-2005, 07:48   #105
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reloading supplies banned as well?

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[Article] UK to ban reloading components.
postamble: We have received the following article printed by the Yorkshire Post:

Gun loophole is closed by mother's campaign
Tools to produce homemade ammunition for firearms to be included in new anti-crime bill
Simon McGee
Political Editor
THE LEGAL loophole that allowed the killer of Leeds police officer Ian Broadhurst to produce home-made bullets is set to be shut tight by MPs today after a tireless campaign in Yorkshire.
Ex-US Marine David Bieber was jailed for life last December for gunning down the 34-year-old policeman in cold blood on Boxing Day, 2003, and firing at two other officers using a pistol loaded with ammunition made from components that had been bought completely legally.
The purchase and possession of ready-made ammunition without a firearms licence is illegal, but, as the Yorkshire Post revealed last year, no licence is needed to buy bullet presses, cartridge cases, primers and powder over the counter.
During Bieber's trial, Mr Justice Moses said it was "completely barmy" that the killer had legally bought a Dillon RL550 bullet press and re-loader from a Hertfordshire gunshop that he had used to manufacture thousands of bullets in a home-made weapons factory in a Leeds lock-up.
PC Broadhurst's mother Cindy Eaton backed by the Police Federation and PC Broadhurst's MP, Batley and Spen's Mike Wood launched a high-profile campaign in the Yorkshire Post for a ban on the unrestricted sale of bullet-pressing kits and primers the essential mini-detonators which set off the propellant in a round.
Following Bieber's conviction, the MP called directly on the Prime Minister to change the law.
His pleas are set to come to fruition today, as MPs give their final approval to the Violent Crime Reduction Bill, which will make buying components subject to the same restrictions as buying firearms.
Clause 28 of the Bill will make it an offence to sell primers to anyone without a firearm licence and Clause 29 will ban cartridge and bullet presses.
Ms Eaton said last night: "We're thrilled at the progress that has been made and look forward to these measures becoming law.
"It's nice to think that something like this can come of Ian's death and that a loophole we weren't aware of previously can be closed."
Mr Wood was delighted that what he called a "lethal historical anomaly" would finally come to an end and that Ms Eaton's successful campaign may well have prevented someone else falling victim to home-made bullets.
"Enacting legislation can be a long and drawn out process often it has to be but these restrictions on bullet-making components are well worth the wait," he said.
"The Bill should change the law so the components of ammunition are treated in the same way as firearms."
The Violent Crime Bill also tackles the possession of knives, the availability of replica guns and the establishment of alcohol disorder zones in which licensed premises would have to contribute to the additional policing and local costs of alcohol-induced crime.
West Yorkshire Police Federation chairman Tom McGhie representing rank and file officers praised the success of Ms Eaton's campaign on what he called an absolutely ridiculous lack of controls.
"We believe it's totally right that people cannot legally buy the sort of equipment that he used to assemble bullets," he said.
"Bieber made literally thousands and it was always disgraceful that there had been no control on the materials and machines to make these sorts of bullets.
"It's quite right that this ban should be in place."
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