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Originally posted by orangetom1999
CX...very sorry to hear of your very restrictive gun laws. I am not familiar with that indident you refer to in that town called Dunblane. I shall have to look it up on the web.
Originally posted by Lonestar24
Now my question is this : what is your stance on obligatory EDUCATION on firearms, resulting in a license to own/carry? In most nations people need to do formal training for many activities that are potentially hazardous to themselves or others... driving licenses, diving school, heavy machinery licenses and the like.What is your stance on this?
Especially to american members: would you accept such a kind of obligatory education (maybe if it replaces the other higly questionable gun control laws like the Assault gun ban)?
Originally posted by CX
Thanks for the replies, and yep i'm in UK.
I agree with you on the fact that what most people don't like is what criminals do with the guns. Like here in the UK, loads of law abiding people now can't do the sports they love, whilst even though theres a ban on just about everything, criminals are'nt deterred by this.
Gun tragedies don't go away because they ban guns do they?
Originally posted by Harvestfreak
We here in America, agree that the 2nd amendment is awesome, why you ask.
Originally posted by paraphi
I am afraid that I disagree with you as although the UK has strict gun laws it is not impossible to own a gun if you have a need (e.g. farmer) or shoot for sport at a range or a shoot.
There are exclusions like prohibitions on ex-criminals getting licenses to own guns and certain weapons are illegal, alogside tight rules on what you can and cnnot do. There are also different catagoies of license for shotguns or firearms and correspondingly different rules.
If you want to shoot for sport then you can - but not with a machine gun! You just have to go through rather alot of paperwork which if anything will demonstrate how keen you are.
I for one think the law is spot-on. Guns are bad, although I used to regularly shoot both shotguns and .22 rifles.
Originally posted by st3ve_o
yeah but isn't there a way around the system?
i mean you could shoot someone in cold blood (someone you don't like) and say "yeah but i was defending my property" (when actual fact you wasn't)!
gun law in america gives you the right to open fire on someone trespassing on your premises, does it not?
if you live in the countryside or something (not many people around), you could easy get away with murder