Skye shootings: Ian Blackford says Scotland should continue to look at gun regulations

The SNP’s Westminster leader Ian Blackford has suggested Scotland should continue to look at gun regulations in the wake of shootings on the Isle of Skye and in Wester Ross.

A 47-year-old man died following the spate of incidents which also left several others injured.

The suspect, a 39-year-old man, has been arrested in connection with all of the incidents, which police said they believe are linked.

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Mr Blackford, MP for Ross, Skye and Lochaber, said he was one of many in the community who were horrified by the attacks.

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Mr Blackford, MP for Ross, Skye and Lochaber, said Scotland should continue to look at gun regulations after the events which unfolded within his constituency on Wednesday.

He told Good Morning Scotland on Thursday it was “only right” agencies were strict about granting licences.

“I think in any situation, whether there’s this one, and of course, we were looking at what had been a very painful anniversary of Dunblane or that not that long ago, I think it is important that we continue to assess where we are.

“These are very controversial topics and, of course, in these rural areas, we’re all aware there are applications from time to time for people that have licences for guns particularly when it comes to agricultural matters.

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SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford in the House of Commons. Picture: PA

“Given what we have seen over the course of the last 24 hours, it is right and proper that we continue to look at the regulations that we have in place for the very simple reason that all of us have got a responsibility to keep people safe.”

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