Friday, August 14, 2009

How's that 'strict control of guns' in Britain working out?

Not very well.
Gangsters make lethal weapons from copper pipes, cigarette lighters and bike pumps

Norman Silvester Exclusive

THESE are the shocking DIY lethal weapons built from step-by-step blueprints uncovered by Sunday Mail investigators.

We can reveal half of the guns seized in Scotland were home-made or replica firearms turned into deadly weapons by gangsters.

Most are being manufactured from guides that are freely available or copied from American based internet sites
I know you can already see where part of this is going, but for now let's stick to the weapons themselves:
A 10-year-old German starting pistol was turned into a self-loading pistol.

A rifle made from copper using igniters from cigarette lighters and a bicycle pump, pierces metal with ammo made out of nails.

A "micro-gun" made from a pill bottle and pen case fires .22inch pellets
But that's ILLEGAL!!
We found more than 2000 websites explain how to make rifles, machine guns and rocket launchers. Some also supply the parts by air mail.

One site says: "You don't need a fancy machine shop or knowledge of chemistry to make the guns covered here. All you need are ordinary hand tools."

Another gave easy-to-follow instructions on building a 9mm submachine gun in a week using an electric drill, file, hacksaw and hammer.

And one boasts: "Build your own 9mm, blowback, selective-fire submachine gun that's as powerful as an Uzi or HK MP5 but has fewer parts and is more durable. Simply follow the step-by-step instructions."

When finished, the duplicate guns are capable of firing 10 bullets a second and look almost identical to Israeli and German-made originals
Here's where the "We must ban guns!" attitude runs into the Wall of Reality: a lot of guns are fairly simple machines that don't require a machine shop to make.

And here's a critical point:
A spokesman for the National Criminal Intelligence Service said: "The purchase of firearm components via the internet may change the nature and scale of the threat from criminals in the UK.

"The apparent ease with which such firearms are acquired has led them to being described as an entry level firearm for criminals who do not yet have the contacts to buy a real one."

Translation: "Once they have the contacts they can buy just about anything." So much for the ban, huh?

And now, getting to what the nannies have in mind,
Campaigners want the Government to pass tough measures to regulate the internet. Gill Marshall-Andrews, chairwoman of the Gun Control Network, said: "Legislation has to evolve as technology and modes of communication evolve. We are concerned about these websites."
Yeah, you knew that was coming. "This is unauthorized knowledge, and you should not be allowed to see it because you're an untrustworthy peasant. Never mind the criminals don't obey the laws, YOU cannot be allowed to see things we don't like."
The Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland want a ban on air weapons which can be converted into real guns, in particular the Remington Derringer and Brocock air pistol which can be altered to fire live rounds.
Laws upon laws upon laws, "If it doesn't work this time, do it again only harder!" as Kevin says, and somehow the PFM will occur and unicorns will dance in the garden, etc.

Here's the close:
It is illegal in Britain to own a gun or any gun parts without a licence. It is also against the law to attempt to build a firearm or activate a replica.

Even people with a licence must inform the police if they intend to buy gun parts.

Anyone who wants to make guns legally must apply for a licence from the Home Office and be subject to stringent investigation
And yet the criminals just keep breaking these laws. And the bureaucrats enact more laws that still won't work, but will give them even more power over the lives of the subjects, all in the name of 'public safety' and "It's for the CHILDREN!"


Arthur said...

I actually saved off the PDF plans from those sites they're talking about a while back.

I knew it wouldn't be long before they started trying to scour those types of plans from the net.

Fire said...

But, but, but they're not supposed to have guns of any kind! How did that happen? If you build it, they will come.

People in government just don't play will a full deck. Just damn.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like some of those home-made "guns" would be more dangerous to the person holding it the the one standing in front.

Just let Darwin take his selection of the dumbest of the crop. You know it's going to happen eventually. "There's no fixin' stupid."

B Woodman

Anonymous said...

There was an old lady who swallowed a horse; she's dead, of course.

all the efforts to solve the problems caused by the treatments to treat a "problem" that wasn't a problem to start with.

So far this has also included locking Phil Luty up for 5 years, and now his political disappearance and secret detention under anti terrorist laws.

I've never had any contact with the guy, but his design abilities should make him a national asset, not a political prisoner.

Mattexian said...

Sadly, Luty's website has been taken down, 'cept for a "It was here" kind of post. Since it's not there anymore, you can get his book on Expedient Homemade Firearms thru Paladin Press. (Ahh, apparently he's in jail again, this time for "aiding and abetting" some "terrorists" who had his book, and he asked his brother to take down the site. Luty is also suffering from cancer now.)

Firehand said...

Woodman, I had a chance to look through one of the books on building a subgun, and read about some people who built them to try; it seems that, done properly, they work. Pretty well.

Some of the OTHER stuff they mentioned, well, I wouldn't want to trust.