The Firearms (Amendment) Bill extends to .22 pistols the ban on larger calibre handguns introduced by the previous Tory government. The Bill won its second reading exactly a week ago, and - with ministers keen to see the measure on the Statute Book as quickly as possible - it passed through all its remaining Commons stages this week.
It was given a third reading last night by 350 votes to 164, a majority of 186. The measure now goes to the Lords, where it is certain to run into opposition from the pro-shooting lobby.
It emerged yesterday that it may not pass into law until the autumn, risking angering Dunblane campaigners.Reuse content