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    I just read a bit of journalism though which stated:

    In Scotland if an individual posts a picture displaying an edged tool/weapon the police will be paying a visit.

    ""We're looking for anyone who is brandishing offensive weapons or blades," Holly told Newsbeat."


    So my question was, without being too technical, can you own a firearm in your country?

    In the USA, you are allowed to own all sorts of guns, but not every type; there are certain weapons which are banned.



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    In the UK you can only own a firearm if you have a licence. Except for air rifles I think.

    Handguns are banned altogether.

    I don't know anyone who owns a gun.

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    You've clearly never been to Scotland

    You can only own a gun if the licesing officer believes you have a good reason to do so. That means, you are either into shooting as a sport (and you can prove you are) or you need a gun for your work.

    From wikipedia:

    All firearms in the United Kingdom must be licensed on either a firearm certificate (FAC) or a shotgun certificate.
    Shotguns are defined in UK law as smoothbore firearms with barrels not shorter than 24" and a bore not larger than 2" in diameter, no revolving cylinder, and either no magazine or a non-detachable magazine that is not capable of holding more than two cartridges.[4] This effectively gives a maximum three round overall capacity, while shotguns with a capacity exceeding 2+1 rounds are subject to a firearm certificate. Shotguns thus defined are subject to a slightly less rigorous certification process.
    A firearm certificate differs from a shotgun certificate in that justification must be provided to the police for each firearm; these firearms are individually listed on the certificate by type, calibre, and serial number. A shotgun certificate similarly lists type, calibre and serial number, but permits ownership of as many shotguns as can be safely accommodated. To gain permission for a new firearm, a "variation" must be sought, for which a fee is payable, unless the variation is made at the time of renewal, or unless it constitutes a one-for-one replacement of an existing firearm which is to be disposed of. The certificate also sets out, by calibre, the maximum quantities of ammunition which may be bought/possessed at any one time, and is used to record the purchasing of ammunition (except, optionally, where ammunition is both bought, and used immediately, on a range).
    To obtain a firearm certificate, the police must be convinced that a person has "good reason" to own each gun, and that they can be trusted with it "without danger to the public safety or to the peace". Under Home Office guidelines, gun licenses are only issued if a person has legitimate sporting or work-related reasons for owning a gun. Since 1946, self-defence has not been considered a valid reason to own a gun. The current licensing procedure involves: positive verification of identity, two referees of verifiably good character who have known the applicant for at least two years (and who may themselves be interviewed and/or investigated as part of the certification), approval of the application by the applicant's own family doctor, an inspection of the premises and cabinet where guns will be kept and a face-to-face interview by a Firearms Enquiry Officer (FEO) also known as a Firearms Liaison Officer (FLO). A thorough background check of the applicant is then made by Special Branch on behalf of the firearms licensing department. Only when all these stages have been satisfactorily completed will a license be issued.
    Any person who has spent more than three years in prison is automatically banned for life from obtaining a gun licence.[5] Similarly, persons applying for licences with recent, serious mental health issues will also be refused a certificate.
    Any person holding a gun licence must comply with strict conditions regarding such things as safe storage. These storage arrangements are checked by the police before a license is first granted, and on every renewal of the licence. A local police force may impose additional conditions on ownership, over and above those set out by law. Failure to comply with any of these conditions can mean forfeiture of the gun licence and surrender of any firearms to the police.
    The penalty for possession of a prohibited firearm without a certificate is currently a mandatory minimum five year prison sentence and an uncapped fine.[6]
    In addition, the Violent Crime Reduction Act 2006 increased restrictions on the use, ownership, sale and manufacture of both airguns and imitation firearms.[7]

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barbarossa View Post
    In the UK you can only own a firearm if you have a licence. Except for air rifles I think.

    Handguns are banned altogether.

    I don't know anyone who owns a gun.
    The police and army are allowed to use handguns and automatic rifles, but you can't bring them home with you.
    Last edited by Alien5; 05-19-2009 at 08:50 AM.

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    Good point, motherfucker

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    In Massachusetts you can own a gun, if the chief of police allows you, and you need three letters from three business people.
    Every State in the US has different laws about guns, in the whole north east are extricter than the rest of the country.
    Last edited by pentomato; 05-19-2009 at 09:45 AM.

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    mafia in that area.
    Last edited by Alien5; 05-19-2009 at 09:53 AM.

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    Allen, can you seriously not make a post without having to edit it?

    Can I draw your attention to the "Post Preview" feature of this board software

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    yes, please do.
    Last edited by Alien5; 05-19-2009 at 09:59 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alien5 View Post
    mafia in that area.
    Who needs a gun anyway?
    Unless you want to kill someone you would need a gun.

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