From The Independent:
Up to 4m guns in UK and police are losing the battle
‘IoS’ investigation: Another week, another horrific shooting. The culture of illegal firearms is running out of control
By Sophie Goodchild and Paul Lashmar
Published: 04 September 2005
British criminals could have access to as many as four million illegal firearms, criminal intelligence experts warn.
Even when handguns were banned, only around 3,000 of the 100,000 believed to have been in private hands before May 2004 have been handed in for destruction. The other 97,000 have disappeared.
David Raynes a former senior Customs investigator, believes there is now an ample underground supply of guns. “Guns can be had for £100 or so,” he said. “I suspect the market is saturated in both Britain and Ireland. The real UK arms smuggling issue now is probably military explosives and detonators, to be used in future acts of terrorism.”
And is anyone surprised? Did anyone think the ban would be any more effective than the ban on recreational drugs? The only thing they accomplished with the ban was drive the number of valid defensive use of firearm in protection of innocent life to almost zero. And what do they think the proper solution to this is? Why it’s as if it came out of the book “When Prophecy Fails“:
After many years of campaigning by the gun control lobby, a ban finally came into force in May 2004, making it illegal to own a blank-firing replica gun without a firearms licence.
I shake my head in amazement at why the politicians over there are still allowed to breath.