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Should The UK Legalise Handguns And All Semi-Automatic Rifles For Recreational Use?

  • I think UK should legalise semia utomatic firearms.

    I think bolt action aren't enough for recreational use. In Slovenia where I live it's pretty easy to purchase semi automatics. I think also suppressors( both deattachable and integral) should be legal.In my country suppressors aren't legal. I think suppressors should be legal for self defense because then your hearing wouldn't get damaged( most of time in defense people can't put ear protection in time on).

  • Firearms are already tightly controlled

    This is not the US and getting a UK FAC is fairly difficult and requires quite a bit of oversight. Even if these guns were legal again, you would need to prove a good reason for having one. At the moment there is essentially no possibly of having one, so if you want to train for the Olympics you will need to train overseas if your discipline involves a centrefire semi automatic. Clearly there needs to be a higher degree of Police oversight should such applications become possible, but at the moment, no matter how good a reason you have, you cannot have one. I think it would be good to be able have some room for discussion with the Police on a case by case basis.

  • Firearms are closely tied to the right of self defense.

    In the UK, it is very difficult to legally own a firearm as is well known. But what is not as well known is that the UK courts do not look favorably on any form of self defense. Knives and other objects that could be used for self defense are illegal to carry. Additionally, if a person has to defend themselves, with or without an additional weapon, they are likely to be arrested and possibly sued by the criminal. This is really a symptom of the UK govt looking at its people as subjects, not free and independent citizens

  • Yes they should!

    Gun deaths are rare in the UK even before all the restrictions, semi-automatic rifles were banned (except .22LR Rimfire Semi-Automatics) after the Hungerford Massacre when a 29 year-old man called Michael Ryan killed 16 people and injured 15 others on 19th August 1987 in Hungerford, Berkshire in England using a Type 56 semi-automatic rifle, an M1 Carbine and Beretta 92FS semi-automatic pistol and then killed himself. All three guns were owned legally. Handguns were effectively banned after the Dunblane School Massacre after a 43 year-old man called Thomas Hamilton went to Dunblane Primary School in Dunblane, near Stirling in Scotland on 13th March 1996 killed 17 people (16 kids and 1 teacher), injured 15 others and afterwards killed himself. The two 9mm Browning HP pistols and two Smith & Wesson M19 .357 Magnum revolvers were all legally owned. After this the UK banned all handguns except for revolvers and .22 rimfire semi-automatic pistols with a barrel less than 30cm in length and have an overall length less than 60cm. The ban has had little effect on gun crime in the UK with gun crime rising heavily in the late 1990's and reaching a peak in 2003-2004 with 24,094 firearms offences in England and Wales alone. Since 2007 gun crime started to fall with 11,093 firearms offences in England and Wales in 2011-2012, but since 2017 gun crime has risen by 10% across the UK. Violent crime also went up by 200% in the years following the handgun ban in 1997 (a year after Dunblane, and the ban does not apy to Northern Ireland, the Isle of Man, Jersey or the Channel Islands but DOES apply to mainland Great Britain I.e. England, Scotland and Wales) and the homicide rate has rose from 1.03 to 1.6 per 100,000 people and there has been one mass shooting since then and that was the Cumbria Shootings, when a 52 year-old man named Derrick Bird killed 12 people and injured 11 others then killed himself on 2nd June 2010 with a George Fisher 12-Gauge double-barrelled shotgun and a CZ 452-2E ZKM .22 calibre bolt-action rifle both were legally obtained. There have also been 182 recorded cases of a firearm being used in or around a school or college since 2003-2012 in Scotland alone, the vast majority of those guns were ones bought illegally like most incidents of gun crime across the UK. Knife injuries and homicides are also at least 5 times higher than gun injuries and homicides and guns were rarely used to commit crimes even before all the regulations currently enforced. Bring back our guns!

  • No no no

    No no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no

  • Of course not.

    In some cases, people are allowed to use guns. But if we make it easy to use guns, we make it far easier for people to shoot with intent to kill. Our laws are good at the moment - we have very low rates of shootings, and I don't see the British population hankering for change.


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