Letter: Not loaded

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Not loaded

Sir: It has been more than 13 months since I handed in my handguns for state confiscation and I consider myself lucky only to be waiting for several hundred pounds owed to me under the compensation scheme. Things must be a lot worse for people who have lost their livelihood, homes, etc, or who are owed several thousand pounds, like some of my fellow shooters.

Our government wasted an estimated pounds 1m of taxpayers' money on the Cullen Report and then ignored it (apart from suppressing some evidence by slapping a 100-year ban on it). Once handguns were banned, what a pity a similar compensation scheme to the Australian one wasn't introduced, where a gun was handed in at a police station and its owner walked out with the money.