McArthur responds to Bailey Gwynne report

Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesman Liam McArthur MSP today called on the Scottish Government to move quickly and review the rules governing the sale of weapons online.

Mr McArthur was speaking following the publication of the independent report into the circumstances surrounding the death of Aberdeenshire schoolboy Bailey Gwynne. It stated “It is not considered that it could have been predicted or averted on the day”, but that it “was potentially predictable and avoidable” if the carrying of weapons had been reported to staff previously.

The report published this morning included a series of recommendations for schools, Aberdeen City Council and the Scottish Government. These included calling on the Scottish Government to consider further legislative controls on the purchase of weapons on the internet.

Commenting, Mr McArthur said:

“The death of Bailey Gwynne was a tragedy and our thoughts are with his family and friends today. We have a responsibility to ensure that the recommendations of this report are acted upon.

“Stopping knives getting into the wrong hands in the first place is vital. It is right that teachers and the police can search children when there are grounds to believe this has occurred. There is also a clear case for looking again at controls on the sale of weapons online.

“The Scottish Government indicated recently that they did not plan to restrict the sale of so-called ‘zombie knives’ but a wider review of the rules governing online sales would allow us to ensure that we are doing all we can to keep weapons away from children.”

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