Firearms policy in the United Kingdom

Gun policy in UK 2018

In the United Kingdom, firearms are tightly controlled by the law. It therefore has one of the lowest rates of gun homicides in the world. About 7000 police officers have received firearms training therefore reducing the number of deaths that may occur as a result of improper gun use by officers.

Standard police firearms include semi-automatic carbines and pistols such as the Heckler & Koch G36, Heckler & Koch MP5SF, and Glock 17. The UK Violent Crime Reduction Act of 2006 controls online or mail-order sales of guns. Transactions must be carried out face to face.

The same act introduced the requirement that a person selling airguns or ammunition for airguns by way of trade or business be a Registered Firearms Dealer.

The age limit for buying or possessing a gun is 18 years. Any person who is in a building or on land and is trespassing in possession of a firearm commits the offence of trespassing with a firearm. This is whether or not he/she was actually planning on using the weapon.

With few exceptions, all firearms in the UK must be licensed on either 5-year firearm certificate or a shotgun certificate issued by the police in area where they reside. A person must have a good reason to own firearms. The case in the US is however opposite whereby death tolls as a result of illegal gun use.

Inadequacies in the US range from lax rules in registration, purchase or even transportation. One does not even have to have a permit to carry a gun. The US has the highest gun ownership rate in the world; an average of 88 per 100 people. This has led to increased crimes in the country as well as murders of all manner of citizens.

The US can indeed borrow a lot from the UK.