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Free rein over firearms use in Scotland?

Scottish Liberal Democrats have accused the Justice Secretary of giving the Chief Constable a free rein to secretly downgrade checks and balances on the use of police firearms, leading to firearms officers across Scotland having permission to carry guns at all times while on duty, even on routine policing duties.

Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Alison McInnes questioned the Justice Secretary over why Parliament or the SPA was not informed of this change in approach, which he has known of for over a year.

Ms McInnes said: “It is deeply concerning that neither the Justice Secretary or Police Scotland saw any need to tell anyone that firearms officers are carrying guns while undertaking everyday duties and no longer need the authorisation of senior officers to fire them. There is no hiding the fact that this is a significant change from a strict regime of only carrying firearms while responding to a clear threat to public safety, following a proper risk assessment.”

 

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