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UK gun laws are about to be overhauled

Next month, both sides of the firearms debate will come face to face at a half-day conference organised by the government’s law reform advisers. On one side will be law enforcement, represented by the National Ballistics Intelligence Service, the National Crime Agency, the Crown Prosecution Service and the Metropolitan Police Forensic Firearms Unit. The other side will be made up of firearms users and dealers, represented by the British Association for Shooting and Conservation, the Deactivated Weapons Association and the Gun Trade Association.

The Law Commission for England and Wales has arranged the symposium to discuss the wide-ranging consultation paper [link includes information on how to send comments] that it published last month. Firearms law is ambiguous and incoherent, the paper says. Nothing less than comprehensive reform is necessary.

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Jeremy Corbyn win may push UK caste bias law

A long-running campaign to get Britain to introduce legislation to prevent caste discrimination could gain impetus, should Jeremy Corbyn become leader of the Labour party this month.

Corbyn has been a longstanding supporter of the campaign mounted by various anti-caste discrimination groups, and is the chair of trustees of the Dalit Solidarity Network, made up of individuals and organisations concerned about the impact of caste discrimination in the UK.

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British Library declines Taliban archive over terror law fears

The British Library has declined to store a large collection of Taliban-related documents because of concerns regarding terrorism laws.

The collection, related to the Afghan Taliban, includes official newspapers, maps and radio broadcasts.

Academics have criticised the decision saying it would be a valuable resource to understand the ongoing insurgency in Afghanistan. The library said it feared it could be in breach of counter-terrorism laws.

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