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UK Gun Laws....OUCH!!!!

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Banta, Aug 12, 2006.

  1. Banta

    Banta Well-Known Member

    I used to think Canada's gun laws were tough but after recently purchasing my first couple of handguns I now realize they aren't even remotely as bad as some Americans make them out to seem. Now you want to see harsh gun laws, just take a look at the UK. (I'm especially amazed by what they consider a "large" quantity of ammo)

    http://www.wktimes.co.uk/content/br...y=newswkc&itemid=WeED13 Jun 2006 17:51:54:613
  2. Stiletto Null

    Stiletto Null Well-Known Member

    44 + 2 +3 + 15...64 rounds.

    I can go through that many rounds in one session just out of my Mauser.
  3. Sad really, this from the country that gave us the magna carta.
  4. Eightball

    Eightball Well-Known Member

    Politics and firearms have almost been mutually exclusive throughout history--progress in one doesn't necissarily equal progress with the other. But WOW, those are some messed up laws. 3 years for having 44 "unfired" rounds, of varying types. And that's a "stash of ammo". We should invite british authorities into our homes---where autoloading firearms can exist (unless you're in CA :p ), and we have thousands of rounds.
  5. Euclidean

    Euclidean Well-Known Member

    My brain just exploded... things like this make me wish the zombies would hurry up and get here.
  6. MrZ

    MrZ Well-Known Member

    Sad imo...

    Very sad.
  7. benEzra

    benEzra Moderator Emeritus

    Don't you guys have tight restrictions on AR-15's, mini-14's, and such, and a 10-round capacity limit?

    To me, that is indeed very, very, very bad. Not as outrageously bad as the UK, but a big step in that direction. Certainly as bad as California.

    (Other than your gun laws, I like Canada a lot, though. No offense intended!)
  8. Cosmoline

    Cosmoline Well-Known Member

    Canada is similar to some of our more anti-gun blue states. But it's a really big country and there's still a strong gun culture esp. in the rural areas. The biggest stink is made over handguns and "scary looking" long guns. Traditional hunting rifles that are totally banned in the UK are very widespread in Canada. There are millions and millions of them. If they locked people up there for owning cartridges, most of the population in BC, Alberta, the Yukon and NWT outside the cities would be locked up.

    The UK is much, much worse. In fact it's far worse than continental European nations, many of which have well entrenched gun clubs and better laws for full auto and silencer possession than we do in the states.
  9. Banta

    Banta Well-Known Member

    "Don't you guys have tight restrictions on AR-15's, mini-14's, and such, and a 10-round capacity limit?
    To me, that is indeed very, very, very bad. Not as outrageously bad as the UK, but a big step in that direction. Certainly as bad as California."

    I am not really into the AR-15, Mini-14 type of guns (yet) but allot of the guys up here are. You can own pretty much most of them with the exception of Full Auto or Silencers. We do have a 10 round capacity limit and for what it's worth this does not apply to .22's. We are not limited to the caliber or amount of handguns or rifles we can purchase plus we can purchase as much ammo as we like. I have noticed that we do have a few relaxed laws compared to the US such as when we purchase a handgun online we can have it shipped directly to our door (It has to go through a FFL dealer in the US right?) plus we can purchase guns from Norinco and the likes which are banned from US import. There are some other laws which are stricter than the US but honestly, If you have no criminal record or mental health problems you will have no problem getting the licensing required to purchase rifles or handguns.

    Like Cosmoline said in his post we do have quite a strong gun culture especially in the rural areas and this was shown when our Liberal government came out with the rifle registry a few years ago. Probably half of all the rifle owners refused to register their guns and this issue was a never ending thorn in the governments side. Now that we have a Conservative government in power their plan is to scrap the rifle registry.
  10. Cromlech

    Cromlech Well-Known Member

    Are we talking about semi-automatic, traditional hunting rifles here? :confused:

    You can own a single shot bolt-action Steyr .50 rifle in the U.K still. Magazine capacity isn't restricted really, apart from on shotguns.
  11. Fosbery

    Fosbery Well-Known Member

    These two people were not arrested because they had 'too much' ammunition, they were arrested because they had ammunition for which they had no permit (ammunition and firearms are treated just the same).

    There is no limit on how much shotgun ammunition a person can have, and limits on the ammount of other ammunition a person can have are decided between you and the police. In my experience, you get what you ask for, I've never been told 'that's too much'.

    There are no restrictions on magazine capacity, even on shotguns. The only time ammunition capacity is an issue is when deciding if a shotgun is a section 1 shotgun or section 2 shotgun (section 1 is over 3 rounds, section 2 is 3 rounds or under).

    Tradititional hunting rifles such as leverguns and boltguns are perfectly legal.
  12. Banta

    Banta Well-Known Member

    Fosbery, I guess it's just a bit surprising to read about someone getting arrested for possessing ammo whether they are licensed or not, not to mention what we would consider such a small quantity of it. Maybe if the person had thousands of rounds of ammo and had been caught reselling it illegaly I could understand the justification of the harsh sentence. Have these laws cut down on Gun crime in the UK?
  13. Cosmoline

    Cosmoline Well-Known Member

    And slaves were free to leave the plantation, just so long as they got their master's permission. It wasn't illegal at all!

    That's a pretty bizarre view of the world boyo.
  14. Fosbery

    Fosbery Well-Known Member

    Lol, of course they havn't. Fewer legal guns = more crime.

    @ Cosmoline: Permits for such guns are 'shall issue'. To deny a permit to someone the police need to probe there is a very good reason why you shouldn't have one e.g. you're clinically insane.
  15. Mumbles_45

    Mumbles_45 Well-Known Member

    those evil "readily concealable" spent casings
  16. Tom Servo

    Tom Servo Well-Known Member

    Euclidean, that's going to be my new sigline!

    I almost caught myself saying, "wow, our laws are nowhere near that bad," but it occurs to me that it's only a matter of time.
  17. gitarmac

    gitarmac Well-Known Member

    It doesn't matter

    about the gun laws if you don't have the right to use them in self defense. Guns were not invented to punch paper and it's nice you can use them for target shooting but you can target shoot with a bb gun or air rifle for that matter.

    I don't think of gun laws as an issue of laws that affect guns and gun usage, I think of them in terms of self defense. Is anybody "allowed" to defend themselves anymore? With anything other than a rape whistle?

  18. TIZReporter

    TIZReporter Well-Known Member

    At http://www.infozonenews.com/freedom.html there are several items on some of the laws and restrictions on freedoms in the UK and the United States and Australia.

    Not only do you have to have a licence to possess a gun, but believe it or not, you also need a licence to own and use a television set.

    The WFSA has a very good site with links to laws in several countries.

    While it might sound good, in the United States to ignore the international scene, remember where many guns are made -- Europe.

    The Brits have it bad, but in Canada the Liberals have proposed a handgun ban.

    All gun owners, regardless of where, and why type of gun must unite and realise an attack on any gun owner, or any gun is an attack on all of us.

  19. Boom-stick

    Boom-stick Well-Known Member

    Except SLUG:D

    I have:evil:

    1200 .22lr
    600 .44mag
    600 9mm
    600 .45ACP
    600 .445
    600 .308
    600 .223
    300 12g slug

    My new FLO wasn't what I'd decribe as a true example of happiness at this request, it's been 3 weeks and I'm still waiting for an answer:confused:
  20. sterling180

    sterling180 Well-Known Member

    My friend,20 years ago our laws and choices were similar to yours and to the Australians-but because of our gun massacres,involving various weapons and ammunition-we have become very strict and authoritarian-in terms of private ownership.

    The Aussies have harsher controls than us,on semi-auto rifles and pump-action/semi-auto shotguns(because they are banned.)but are still allowed handguns-unlike us.The GCN movement and Blairs communist party ended that for us completely-except for our really long handguns.:fire: :fire: .

    Now then,back to the history of the demise of the "good guns",from the UK mainland.

    1989: Tory toffs said "You don't need SLRs,so we will grab them,because you could be another Micheal Ryan".I believe that Marc Lepine,caused a similar effect in Canada-in this year-but your government were more sensible than us.

    1997:Handguns are banned,because of Thomas Hamilton and angry mothers wanted justice for the deaths of their kids,so theyhelped form the GCN and Mothers against Guns in the UK and demand that handguns should be banned-by annoyingly pressuring both Tory and Labour governments.The former are way too liberal,towards people instead of shooting people-so they banned our handguns.

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