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From: Paul Jonathan Adam <Paul@********.DEMON.CO.UK>
Subject: Re: Off Topic <Gun Laws>
Date: Tue, 11 Apr 1995 21:37:24 GMT
> > Look at the UK... until recently, police didn't NEED to carry guns on
> > patrol (is that still the case?). Everyone had strict gun laws. Same in
> > Australia.
> The blackmarket availiblity of firearms is low in the UK, and generally
> limited to shotguns and pistols. I have never read any reported use of an
> fully automatic weapon in the UK (apart from Irish paramilities) although
> they are sometimes found. Firearms are becoming more and more common within
> the Drug community and this is what concerns most people.

Sorry, you're talking to the wrong people :-) Firearms are readily available
in the UK black market if you know who to ask (a friend in Customs and Excise
was working a smuggling racket two years ago and told me about it after the
trial). Usually cheaper than buying them legally, too :-( . Automatic weapons
have been used at least once on the police and heard numerous times, but
some (a very few) areas really qualify as "black spots" where you don't just
wander in to see what the shooting was about. A lot of AK-series weapons
smuggled from Bosnia are beginning to appear, for instance.

When you have shot and killed a man, you have defined your attitude towards
him. You have offered a definite answer to a definite problem. For better or
for worse, you have acted decisively.
In fact, the next move is up to him.

Paul J. Adam paul@********

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