Dunblane’s Father Massacre Victim Furious at Gun Game Complex Offer | United Kingdom | New
Anti-gun activist Dr Mick North, who lost his five-year-old daughter Sophie in the 1996 tragedy, heard about the Black Eye Reality shooting range through his work as a member of the Gun Control Network .
Dr North said: “I have to say I am disgusted that anyone can enjoy this type of activity and that there are those who want to make money from it.
“Looking at the photos on their website, it’s clear that they are being sold on the basis that people will have fun using real guns, and the presence of a child in one of the photos is particularly striking. disturbing.
“It sounds like a step backwards towards a gun culture which I hoped would have diminished in Scotland after the handguns ban. It should be something only for military and police training. “
Dr North’s daughter was one of 16 Dunblane elementary children, aged five and six, who died along with teacher Gwen Mayor when maniac Thomas Hamilton targeted young people on March 13, 1996, before turn the weapon against him.
The tragedy sparked global outrage and led the UK government to ban private ownership of pistols.
David Alexander, a candidate for the Falkirk North SNP board, backed Dr North and said he had received a number of complaints from people about the proposed use of deactivated firearms on the range.
He said, “In the current climate this shooting range is something I don’t want to see in our area.”
The shooting range is the brainchild of former serviceman Barry Mitchell, who says on the website that he served five years as a driver in the Royal Logistics Corps. Mitchell said: “These guns have been deactivated in America and they have gone through the Secretary of State for Firearms Proof in Birmingham, where each one is verified and receives a certificate of deactivation.
“Basically these are just paperweights that look like real guns. They can never be real weapons again.
Mr Mitchell said Scottish Police officers inspected the weapons and had no concerns about them. He said: “We had an open house which went very well. In fact, I have had beaten up cops who had never handled guns before saying they wanted to try.
A Scottish Police spokesperson said the force was unable to comment as the application was still in its infancy with the Falkirk Council licensing board.