reply to post by skalla
Again - a GROSS oversimplification..... To put this to rest, i shall i guess have to explain why it is not a simple as you make out..... I assure you
money is not the issue as if it was, i could buy 10 guns a month practically.
Nor do i have a criminal record that would make me struggle to pass the disclosure - on the contrary, i work in a job that has me hold several classes
of security clearance WAY above any clearance they require for a firearm - so that also isnt the issue. The issue is what they make you do to get one,
and to continue owning it.
The FAC license (Firearms Class xxx) that can be acquired in this country has certain caveats to it.
First of all, you CANNOT own your own firearm from word go. You simply cannot just apply for a FAC1 license, get it, and buy a gun legally. It is more
complex and convoluted than that.
You first have to be member of a gun club (which is not cheap btw).
You then have to have attended a certain number of times, regularly, spread over a few months - and have a membership attendance form signed by the
chairman of the club each time you attend.
You can then apply for a weapon in the class you are attending the club for, if the club signs off on it.
Then you have to pay for an Extended-CRB background check after you have the club permission to use a weapon of your own on their premises. This costs
money, and takes a while to achieve.
Then you have to have a certain class of cabinet rated to protect your firearm - and i assure you, look around, they are A LOT of money. It must be
placed where the police instruct you to place it.
You are only allowed a certain number of rounds per FAC licensed firearm you hold and must account for every single round shot, every shell casing,
the location you were shooting, the name of the person/club that authorized you to shoot on their premises, when this was, who was in attendance
And, oddly, i can have a military caliber weapon quite legally, 5.56/.223, called a Fullbore License in the UK - yet a smaller 9mm round pistol is
illegal (im sure the argument is its easier to conceal) - which would b more useful for home defense than a rifle IMO.
I agree, all are not equal as i said in another thread. It seems this inequality is widening with each passing day, to the detriment of all.
So, a LOT or hurdles to jump through. A hell of a lot. Not a simple process by any means. I agree there must be measures and checks - but that is