AN INQUIRY into firearms licensing in Scotland has been launched by the Scottish Affairs Committee.

It comes one month after John MacKinnon, 47, was killed in a shooting on the Isle of Skye.

The responsibility for gun control lies with the Home Office, though applications to own firearms or shotguns are handled by police on a local basis in Scotland.

Committee chairman Pete Wishart said: “Following the horrific shooting on the Isle of Skye, it is timely that our committee is looking into whether the current

regulations around the use of firearms are sufficient.

“While such events are incredibly rare as a result of tight gun controls, it does not lessen the tragedy within the community.”