AN MP has said he is shocked plans to block abusive partners from owning guns haven’t been taken up.

Hyndburn MP Graham Jones said he was planning to support measures aimed at tackling domestic abuse when parliament returns in September.

He said: “I am 'shocked' by a recent government vote that will mean people with a history of domestic violence can keep applying for firearms licences.

“Over the summer the government rejected a Labour amendment to the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill which would have allowed police to refuse gun licences for people with a history of domestic violence.

“The amendment would also mean people with a history of violent conduct, drug and alcohol abuse were also unable to receive a gun licence. However, the issue will return to Parliament in September and I intend to vote for this proposal to help stop violence against women.

“In England and Wales one in three women killed by their partner is shot with a legally-owned weapon.”