LORD BLAIR OF BUENOS ARES
The Government should consider asking relatives, neighbours and workmates whether people are fit to hold a gun licence, the former head of Scotland Yard has said.
Sir Ian Blair said policy-makers could spread the net of people consulted on the suitability of those who want to own lethal weapons.
The retired senior officer said seeking the approval of doctors, firearms officers and magistrates is "rather limited". His comments came as it emerged that Derrick Bird was a licensed shotgun owner with a previous criminal conviction.
If it had have been my officers they would have shot him dead with fifteen rounds to his dago head and it would have been promotions all around. And he would have been the wrong bloke. But never mind, eh, grinned his Lordship. I have my pension and some retirement opportunities and a peerage. Which is more than many have. Especially that Juan Charles de Menendes.