History of the British firearm laws

Steve Johnson
by Steve Johnson

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
Steve Johnson

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  • Sam Suggs Sam Suggs on Feb 07, 2013

    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