Our petitions have gone live and are now accepting signatures via the new direct.gov website. Please spread the word about them to friend's and family, as well as copy and paste the text below to as many forums, blogs and email addresses as you can.
As many of you will know, there has been a lot of talk recently about the increasing rate of gun violence in the United Kingdom.
The truth is that gun control does not appear to be working here.
Despite some of the strictest gun laws in the world, armed violence seems to be a routine, daily occurrence here in the UK, with criminals having no problems acquiring and using all types of firearms.
The law-abiding, on the other hand, are utterly defenceless.
With this in mind, three petitions have now been launched.
The first of these petitions calls for the strengthening of UK self-defence laws, the second relates to UK firearms legislation and the third is to repeal all laws against the sale, possession and carrying of non lethal weapons.
I would ask you to read these petitions and sign the ones that you agree with.
I would also ask that you please notify other people of these petitions by email or by posting this message on as many websites, blogs and forums as possible.
These petitions can be read and signed by visiting the following link -
PETITION TO GRANT THE ABSOLUTE RIGHT TO HOME DEFENCE.
We, the undersigned, believe that the law regarding self-defence should be altered to make explicit that a householder is entitled to use any and all measures against an unlawful intruder within their home without fear of prosecution or any requirement to demonstrate proportionality or 'reasonableness' of response.
PETITION TO REPEAL THE 1997 AND 1988 FIREARMS ACTS.
We, the undersigned, petition the UK government to repeal both the 1997 and 1988 Firearms Acts. We believe that law-abiding people should be allowed to own handguns as well as other firearms prohibited under these laws, should they wish to do so.
These acts were knee-jerk reactions to tragic incidents and have done nothing to decrease violent crime. We also petition the government to amend firearms legislation so that all applicants for Firearms Certificates (FAC's) are treated in the same, fair manner.
We believe that the police should have no discretion to deny an FAC to any adult unless he or she has a conviction for a serious violent crime (such as robbery, rape or murder) nor should they have the authority to revoke a FAC unless a person is convicted of a serious crime of violence resulting in a prison sentence.
An appeal procedure (heard by a jury) should be introduced so that any ex-offender has the chance to obtain an FAC, regardless of what crimes he committed and when.
PETITION TO LEGALISE NON LETHAL WEAPONS IN THE UNITED KINGDOM.
We, the undersigned, petition the UK government to repeal all laws that prohibit the sale, possession and carrying of non-lethal weapons in the United Kingdom.
Crime is rising and law-abiding people have no means of defence against armed and violent aggressors. This is unacceptable and needs to be changed immediately.
We believe that self-defence sprays such as CS gas and pepper spray should be legally available so that citizens can carry them in public for personal protection, along with electronic stun devices such as tasers and stun guns.
The recent cut in police officer numbers makes this all the more essential as the police's response to 999 calls is going to be much slower now than it ever was before.
Almost all EU countries allow their citizens to have an effective means of self-defence and the UK should change its laws with immediate effect.