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Liverpool mother of gun crime victim slams new gun laws

SHOT: Eugene Ogungboro. His death led his mother to launch an anti gun violence campaign

THE MOTHER of a Toxteth man shot dead at a house party has branded new legal measures to clamp down on gun crime as a “token gesture.”

Last month, amendments to the Firearms Act 1968 and the firearms provisions in the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 came into place.


The new measures prevent anybody who receives a suspended sentence of three months or more from purchasing or possessing a firearm. Also a person who has served or received a criminal sentence will not be able to possess an antique firearm.

But anti-gun-violence campaigner Paula Ogungboro claimed the changes would have very little effect in tackling the problem.

She said: “I think it’s a token gesture. I think people can get guns quite easily. I’ve been saying since my son was shot it’s the government that are allowing these weapons into the country.”


Ogungboro launched her own branch of the charity Mothers Against Guns after her son Eugene was shot dead at a party in 2003. His killer, Robert Davies, was jailed for 14 years.

She is also an active supporter of other national anti-gang initiatives and has been vocal about her goal to see a total ban on firearms and much tougher penalties for possessing them in the UK.

CRITICISM: Paula Ogungboro

Ogungboro said: “Whether you’ve got a suspended sentence or not I don’t think anyone should be able to buy a gun. This is not America. I know if you’re caught with a gun you get five years but sometimes they only end up serving half.”


Her comments come in the wake of the launch this year by Merseyside Police of the Matrix Serious Organised Crime team (MSOC) in a bid to tackle gun and gang crime in the region.

In June, officers from the force announced that an arsenal of 270 guns were taken off Merseyside streets in 2013.

It is believed that at least seven of the weapons had been reactivated and 133 were suspected to have been used in crime.

Detective Chief Superintendent Paul Richardson, said: “Merseyside Police is absolutely committed to tackling the use of illegal firearms on our streets and putting the criminals supplying and using them behind bars. We recognise the threat that the criminal use of firearms poses to the wider community and taking these weapons off the criminals is one of our Matrix Serious Organised Crime unit’s top priorities.”

Merseyside’s Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy also highlighted the force’s efforts to tackle gun crime in the region.

She said: “I welcome the fact that there are 270 fewer guns of all descriptions on our streets. Merseyside Police is absolutely determined to tackle gun crime. The recent expansion of the Matrix Serious and Organised Crime (MSOC) team demonstrates this on-going commitment to robustly and relentlessly disrupt those involved in serious and organised crime and crackdown on the use of firearms.”

She added: “They take every step to ensure Merseyside is a hostile environment for those criminals who chose to arm themselves and bring firearms into our neighbourhoods. I also welcome the actions of those who have taken the decision to surrender a licensed weapon when they have no further need for one.”

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