posted on Nov, 1 2006 @ 03:52 AM
UK experience suggests increased control doesn't reduce gun crime.
There are controls on which guns we can have legally in the UK, no semi-auto's (apart from .22), 3 shot max on shotguns, no handguns apart from
long-barrelled ones (although a few allowed for humane despatch of deer). These restrictions have been brought in gradually after a few
well-publicised incidents of armed rampage. For firearms you need a reason to own one, background checks etc
Gun crime, meanwhile, has soared. Cheap guns are available from the continent (particularly ex-Eastern Bloc countries) as well as conversions of
deactivated weapons and some air pistols. Criminals now often carry guns and gun crime is unfortunately fairly common nowadays in the UK.
The criminals, being those not bothered about the law, have not been affected at all by the restrictions. Legitimate shooters have been greatly
So no it doesn't work: but it makes good headlines and shows the Government is doing 'something'