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Dunblane 25 years on: how a mass school shooting changed British gun laws

By Peter Squires, Professor of Criminology & Public Policy, University of Brighton
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March 13 marks the 25th anniversary of the appalling shooting massacre at a primary school in Dunblane, Scotland.

The death of 16 young children and their teacher was a horrifying moment in the UK. The tragedy ultimately prompted an almost total ban on the private ownership of handguns. And as many parts of the world continue to ask what it will take to prompt similar bold thinking about gun control, it’s worth looking back at how it happened.

Britain’s first mass shooting took place some years before Dunblane. In small town in Berkshire


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