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Anti-gun campaigner's pride.

ANTI-GUN campaigner Bobby Turnbull is proud of the difference he has made to firearms laws - but insists more must be done.

Battling Bobby lost his mum, sister and aunt in the Horden New Year's Day massacre.

Following the shootings, the 26-year-old, of Hesleden, County Durham, launched a petition which called for better cooperation between police and health professionals, and asked for individuals with a criminal past, history of mental instability or domestic violence to be identified when they are applying for a gun licence.

Horden triple killer Michael Atherton legally kept guns, despite a past which included domestic violence issues.

Despite the progress made since he began his campaign, Bobby believes there is still work to be done - a point highlighted by a damning report from a police watchdog earlier this week.

He said: "Since we started the campaign we have made a difference and I'm proud of the changes we have made.

"Slowly, things are moving forward. But it needs to be quicker.

"The report earlier this week was another wakeup call and the government must listen to it. It's better to make changes following a report rather than a tragedy."

The report - which saw inspectors review policies and procedures for firearms licensing and conduct interviews with officers and staff at 11 forces, including Durham Constabulary - called for stricter medical reports for applicants, and recommended that police were notified of any changes in circumstance.

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Date:Sep 21, 2015
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