The Cumbrian Police have yet to announce the results of their investigation into the tragic shootings in June but already a Home Affairs Select Committee inquiry has been set up, chaired by Keith Vaz MP.

The Government’s measured initial response was welcomed by shooting organisations but the Countryside Alliance warns us that “we can not simply ignore [the inquiry]”.

Shooting generates £1.6 billion for the UK economy and, crucially, much of this is in what are otherwise depressed rural areas. The countryside also benefits from £250 million being spent each year on habitat and wildlife management.

With the importance of game-shooting to the rural economy and the environment in mind, it is essential that this inquiry is undertaken objectively and with a view to the positive role that lawful gun ownership plays.

The committee will examine whether or not the current legislation is fit for purpose, the relationship between gun control and gun crime and the extent to which legally held guns might be used in criminal activity. Greater information sharing between the police, prisons and the medical profession is likely to be proposed.

You can respond via email to or in writing to
Home Affairs Committee
House of Commons
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London SW1P 3JA
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The Committee is seeking written submissions of no more than 2,500 words from interested parties, before it takes oral evidence on this inquiry.

For further information on written submissions, visit ‘Guide for Witnesses to House of Commons Select Committees’

Organisations and individuals interested in making written submissions are
invited to do so by Friday 27th August 2010.