By now the British have fairly written into law the position that a personally owned firearm may only be acceptable for “sporting purposes.” Teddy Kennedy used this idea in the 1968 gun law, despite the fact that we in America are protected, at least theoretically, by the Second Amendment, which has nothing whatever to do with sport. Various sorts of legislators are still at it, and the BATF takes the notion of “legitimate sporting purpose” seriously, even though this would appear to be obviated by the supreme law of the land. This is a fight in which we all must continue to participate. Self-defense has nearly come to be a misdemeanor on the face of it in Britain, where the subject is conditioned with the belief that whatever happens he (or she) must not fight back. If the wimps prevail in the next election, you may be sure that America will then gain on Great Britain on the road to serfdom.
From Jeff Cooper’s Commentaries
Vol. 4, No. 9
[Note that this was said in ’96 and his concerns about Great Britain are now being realized. – Joe]