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|Call for 'clarity' on airgun ban |
(about 23 hours later)
The SNP are calling for the first minister to "clarify" whether he will seek a Scottish ban on airguns.
Gun law across the UK is reserved to Westminster and Jack McConnell has rejected calls for him to seek the powers to allow a Scottish airgun ban.
The first minister is to meet senior police officers later to discuss what more can be done to tackle the irresponsible use of airguns.
SNP justice spokesman Kenny MacAskill said he must make his position clear.
Mr MacAskill said: "He must tell us where he stands on this issue, which is important to communities across Scotland.
"The SNP's position is clear. In government, we are pledged to tackle air weapons and lay a framework for a firearms act designed for Scottish needs and Scottish circumstances.
"The time for talking is past. Action needs to be taken now."
Solidarity MSP Tommy Sheridan has introduced a bill at Holyrood calling for a ban on airguns.
He called on the executive to introduce Andrew's law.
Mr Sheridan wants the legislation named after two-year-old Andrew Morton, who died after he was shot in the Easterhouse area of Glasgow in March 2005.
Andrew's mother, Sharon McMillan, 36, has been campaigning for a change in the law.
She was joined at Holyrood last month by Jacqueline Jack, whose brother Graeme was killed in an airgun incident in East Calder last April.