MPs attend Disarm Trust official launch

Families of gun crime victims, MPs and Home Secretary David Blunkett attended the official launch of anti-gun crime charity the Disarm Trust this week at the Houses of Parliament.

The trust was set up following the murders of Birmingham teenagers Charlene Ellis and Letisha Shakespeare on New Year's Day 2002.

It secured a Home Office grant of £300,000 last summer, as part of the Government's strategy to combat gun crime. The charity works with victims of gun crime and law-enforcement agencies, and funds campaigns and research into issues around gun crime.

Chair of the House of Commons' all-party group on gun crime, Diane Abbott MP, said: "The police cannot fight gun crime on their own. The community needs to be involved. The Disarm Trust has played a key role in mobilising people nationally and at grass-roots level."

As well as its campaigning role, Disarm raises funds to support victims of violent crime and their communities.

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