Nationalists are anxious about the very large number of weapons held legally in Protestant hands, not only in those of the security forces but also privately. In another shameful deal between the Major government and its Unionist supporters, the post-Dunblane legislation on ownership of handguns was not allowed to apply to Northern Ireland.
Why not now extend this legislation to the Province, and thus remove one major source of Nationalist concern? That step just could be the one which breaks the deadlock.
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