Tuesday 15 December 2009

Firearms register - why the delay?

Firearms register - why the delay?

9 years after the Dunblane school shooting and a report on the tragedy from Lord Cullen, the UK Government has still not managed to build a national firearms register.

With incidents of gun crime rising it seems appropriate to ask why a database has not been established? In Northern Ireland the Police Service has maintained a gun register for many years.

Whitehall seems unable to commission and successfully implement large scale IT projects. Advice on establishing the Firearms database was initially offered to Civil Servants by The British Computer Society (BCS) . With a membership drawn from over 100 countries, BCS is the leading professional and learned Society in the field of computers and information systems.

Civil servants rejected the offers of help.

Lets hope that the database is completed long before some sections of the Dunblane report are released after the 100 years blackout.

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