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POLITICIANS in London must do more to tackle the problem of airguns in Scotland, justice minister Kenny MacAskill said yesterday.

MacAskill will tell Home Secretary Jacqui Smith that current laws need to be strengthened.

And he will put Scotland forward for pilot schemes with a view to getting tighter controls on air weapons across the UK.

MacAskill was speaking after a firearms summit in Edinburgh, attended by police, gun control campaigners and shooting representatives.

Among those who attended was Sharon McMillan, whose two-year-old son Andrew Morton died after being hit with an airgun pellet near his Glasgow home.

MacAskill said: "What is quite clear is that the current legislation we have is inadequate and inappropriate for the 21st century."

Tory Bill Aitken, who attended the summit, said he was "astounded" by police figures estimating there were 500,000 air weapons in Scotland.

He said: "That means one person in 10 has got an airgun."
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Date:May 8, 2008
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