October 1st, 2007


The Second Amendment

“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

Good or bad ?

Biiiiiiiiiiiiiiiig question.

Intrinsically a gun is completely and utterly harmless mechanism, sometimes beautiful in design, devised for the purpose of projecting a ballistically propelled lump of metal.

It’s the person and their quality of aim that determines whether or not they are dangerous/deadly or not.

The conditions under which we can legally possess ‘real’ Guns is highly regulated here in the UK. But owning toy/model/blank firing replicas has always been an option for those with an interest .

Not any more.

And as from today the Violent Crime Reduction Act 2006 makes the purchase, import and manufacture of model /replica guns very difficult indeed.

To this end I took Friday off work to go and buy a number of airsoft guns which I will not be legally able to by from 1 October. Essentially these are all metal replica air guns which shoot plastic pellets - A toy if you like – but which look like the real deal.

These included full metal:

A Colt M4 S-System Assault Rifle with ACOG Sight
An Army Armaments SA80 L85
An L96 Sniper Rifle and Scope
A M249 SAW

Sadly my credit card would not let me stretch to some of the fine WWII replicas M1rifles, M40 Schmiser or Thopson Sub machine gun.

So starts the long and as yet untried process of registering as an ‘airsofter’ and joining a registered sight – that will enable me to buy model air soft guns at some point in the future.

But from today it is illegal for anyone in the UK to make a model of anything that looks like a genuine gun.

Therefore it is illegal to make props of stormtrooper guns, Han Solo’s Gun, Bladerunner blasters and anything that uses an actual gun as a base.

However I can still legally go out and buy as many crossbows and hunting bows or a longbow capable of putting an arrow through a man at 100 meters. True scum ain’t going to hold up banks with them….but,

We live in mad mad times.