History of the British firearm laws

The BBC has an interesting article about the history of British firearm laws.

I liked this quote

“The concept of controls for criminal purposes is a very 20th Century phenomenon” – Mark Murray-Flutter Royal Armouries

The moral opposition to firearms is something new and in my experience most people do not realize this.

In 1870 a licence was introduced for anyone who wanted to carry a gun outside their home. But there were no restrictions on keeping a firearm indoors.

Mild restrictions came into force with the 1903 Pistols Act which denied ownership to anyone who was “drunken or insane”. It also required a licence for firearms with a barrel shorter than nine inches – what we nowadays refer to as handguns.

Prior to World War I there were a quarter of a million licensed firearms in private hands across the country.

More here.

Hat Tip: Saysuncle.com

Steve Johnson

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  • Sam Suggs

    shows how if let some mild shit go it will eventually just all go to hell as people vetually find new thing to blame on guns