The Law Commission published a scoping consultation paper on Firearms Law on 21 July 2015 and the symposium was organised to give stakeholders the opportunity to discuss the issues examined in the paper.
The symposium was led by Professor David Ormerod QC, the Law Commissioner for Criminal Law, and speakers included representatives from the Gun Trade Association, the Gun Control Network, the British Association for Shooting and Conservation, the Metropolitan Police Forensic Firearms Unit, the Deactivated Weapons Association, Gun Smiths, the Crown Prosecution Service, the National Ballistics Intelligence Service, the Countryside Alliance, the British Shooting Sports Council, Hampshire Constabulary, the UK Airsoft Retailers Association and the Historical Breechloading Smallarms Association.
The delegates included representatives from the Home Office, Bonhams Auction House, the judiciary, the legal profession, the National Small Bore Rifle Association, forensic services, and the Association of Art and Antiques Dealers. The symposium covered all sides of the debate in what all agreed was a very successful event. The Law Commission were very impressed with the facilities of Westminster Law School.