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Gun Law for the 21st Century
- All adult (older than 16 years, i.e. the military service age)
(United Kingdom of Great Britain and
Northern Ireland) permanent residents shall be entitled to
an Arms Certificate for life providing they have not been
convicted of a serious crime of violence leading to a
custodial sentence. The Arms Certificate may only be
withdrawn on conviction for such an offence; or on permanent
departure from the EU (European Union), NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organisation) or
Commonwealth countries. The issuing authority, entirely independent
of the police and coming under the umbrella of the Ministry of
Defence, shall have no discretion to deny the Arms
Certificate when the clear and unambiguous tests of residency
and criminal record are met. The Arms Certificate shall
entitle the holder to acquire, hold, transport, and use any number
of any type of firearm (including automatic weapons), ammunition,
including the ingredients for loading ammunition, and explosives. A
citizen shall have the option of an appeals procedure to a jury of
his/her peers to be allowed the grant of an Arms Certificate
irrespective of criminal record; this will be an important step in
the rehabilitation of an offender.
- Any Arms Certificate holder shall be legally authorised
to supervise any non-Certificate holder or holders.
- The school curriculum shall include weapons handling and safety
instruction. A comprehensive civilian marksmanship programme shall
be maintained with the active promotion of rifle practise for
- Soldiers, Policemen, and Government agents shall require an
Arms Certificate in the same manner as civilians.
- Arms Certificate holders may be required to aid in Key
Point security and Civil Defence during times of military
- A foreign visitor's FAC (Firearms Certificate) or equivalent, e.g.
(Concealed Carry of Weapons) permit,
shall be treated in a similar manner to a Driving Licence, i.e. it
shall automatically be accepted for periods of up to three months.
Residents of states and countries not requiring arms certification
shall be eligible for a visitor's certificate. The Government shall
make full faith attempts to ensure continuing reciprocity from
- Government registration of weapons, except for purposes of
police and military inventory control of government weapons, shall
- The Government shall not impose any "safe storage" requirements
on, nor prohibit the carriage of, nor dictate the manner of
carriage of, self-defence weapons (e.g. pistols,
(CS incapacitant spray) spray,
batons, blades carried for self-defence, etc.) and ammunition,
excepting in cases of display in terrorem populi.
- There shall be no "gun free zones" or other such prohibitions
of self-defence in public-access areas, for example in such
locations as schools, government buildings, and hospitals.
In tandem with this, repeal of Statute Laws denying the historic
right to self-defence shall occur. It shall be clear that citizens
are entitled to their constitutional rights and parliament shall
not legislate in breach of those rights. Such rights are outlined
in historic documents such as Magna Carta 1215, the Declaration of
Arbroath 1320, the Bill of Rights 1688 / Claim of Right Act
1689, and as guaranteed by Article IV of the Treaty of Union
of 1707, which parliament has no powers to usurp, these being the
true ancient and indubitable rights of the British citizen.
Such a regime will reduce dramatically the cost of policing and
defending the country. It will provide a significant measure of
internal security against foreign invasion and terrorism. It will
provide security of the person and property for British citizens
(which the UK government has signally failed to properly provide
I envisage the certification procedure as a transitional
arrangement during a return to the situation where arms are
owned, bought, sold and carried freely without government
interference. After the effects of these proposals become clear,
people in general will understand that a certification procedure is
redundant, and unacceptable, in a country of free people.
Having the guns in the hands of the people is the only honest
way for a so-called "democracy" run by and for the people to
Indeed there's a case to be made that, in order to retrieve the
situation, the UK should emulate the Swiss model and make gun
It's worth noting in this context that one of the first steps
taken after the Treaty of Union, 1707, was to disarm the
Political power grows from the barrel of a gun.
Posted: 16 Jan 2007
Revised: 18 Apr 2007