THE twin sister of a woman shot dead with her two young daughters calls for stricter gun controls.
Emma Ambler established the Kelly Fitzgibbons Foundation in memory of her 40-year-old sister, Kelly Fitzgibbons, who was killed by Paul Needham in Woodmancote on March 29, 2020.
Needham also killed his daughters Ava and Lexi Needham, aged four and two, before turning the gun on himself.
The foundation will push for stricter gun controls and provide support to victims’ families.
In her first broadcast interview, Ms Ambler told the BBC she was “shocked” at how easy it was to get a gun license and said tighter controls could have prevented the deaths of her sister and nieces, given Needham’s important admissions regarding his health and criminal record withheld entry in his gun application.
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During the inquest earlier this year, evidence surfaced that the 42-year-old failed to disclose key details about his medical history — including bouts of depression and work-related stress — and a police warning he received as a youth in his 2016 application gun license.
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Ms Ambler told the BBC: “If Rob hadn’t had access to a weapon this deadly, there’s a chance Kelly, Ava and Lexi are still here.
“This could have been prevented if gun licensing policies had been stricter.”
Kelly’s family wants people who lie about their applications to be barred from reapplying and for licenses to be reviewed more frequently.
They also call for closer cooperation between GPs and police forces and for people with recurrent depression to be barred from admission.
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Sussex Police said they remained “fully committed to maintaining public safety” and said the force was complying with new national statutory guidance on firearms licensing introduced in 2021.
Chief Superintendent Jerry Westerman of Sussex Police Operations Command said: “Our thoughts remain deeply with the families affected at this difficult time. We supported them closely and kept them informed throughout the investigation and subsequent investigation.
“Officials from the Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team conducted a thorough investigation to determine exactly what happened and tried their best to find out why Robert Needham took the action he did.
“Regarding the broader firearms licensing issues, a number of areas were examined in detail during the inquest, but the coroner did not find it necessary to issue a Prevention of Future Deaths Report (known as the PFD Report).
“However, we remain fully committed to maintaining public safety and recognize the importance of our role in firearms licensing. We have significantly modified and improved our processes since this tragic event occurred, including ensuring we comply with new national legal guidance on firearms licensing that was introduced in 2021. Should this national policy be reviewed, we would be delighted to be part of such a review with all other interested parties.”
https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/20676016.emma-ambler-sister-kelly-fitzgibbons-calls-tougher-gun-checks/?ref=rss Emma Ambler, sister of Kelly Fitzgibbons, calls for stricter gun controls