Originally posted by crgintx
CS, since when did they ban all gun ownership in the UK? You've got to jump through hoops to do it but you can still own both rifles and shotguns that I'm aware of. I suggest that you join your local rifle or hunting club and obtain a firearms certificate. If every citizen in the UK who is seriously concerned with liberty took these actions and voted out the anti-gun MP's, you folks could would get full gun ownership back. The right of self-defense is a basic human right not one granted by a gov't.
Completely agree. In order to get a shotgun cert in the UK, it is the responsibility of the police authority to provide a viable reason to not grant a liscence.
To own a firearm (read anything with a rifled barrel, not a pistol/semi-automatic/automatic firearm and/or with a capacity of more than 3 rounds) it is up to the applicant to provde a reason to own such a firearm.
Unfortunately the vast majority of citizens in the UK are distinctly anti-gun despite the evidence that firearms prohibition in the UK has been shown to have no positive effect on the number of gun crimes. For example, since the pistol ban a few years ago, the number of shootings with pistols has increased by approx 30% compared to pre-ban numbers.