Try telling them that.
Put people in a situation where they need a means of defense for themselves/their family/their business, they'll get it. Whether it's legal or not.
With the big guns out of reach, many Egyptians, particularly those in
exceptionally poor communities where crime rates are often higher, tend
to opt for cheaper weapons known as fards, hand-crafted handguns that
shoot 16mm and 12mm shotgun cartridges. These are made locally by
blacksmiths using scrap steel originating from discarded water pipes and
vehicle spare parts.
Before the revolution, these improvised guns sold for LE300 to LE500.
“These are regular blacksmiths, who are very skilled. They make the
guns under the table for more money. A kilo of scrap metal worth LE3 can
be made into these guns and sold for LE1000,” Ibrahim said.