Gun-Control Laws Don't Stop Gun Crimes in Britain

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Gun-Control Laws Don't Stop Gun Crimes in Britain

Postby GOSA » Tue, 2007-04-24 10:01

Gun-Control Laws Don't Stop Gun Crimes in Britain

Daily Policy Digest

Crime And Gun Control Issues

Wednesday, August 08, 2001

An increase in firearms crimes in Britain has authorities
questioning whether gun-control laws there -- among the
strictest in the world -- have been misguided.

* Criminal use of handguns in Britain has increased by
almost 40 percent in three years, according to a report by the
Center for Defense Studies at King's College.

* A ban on handguns was enacted in 1997 and more than
162,000 registered firearms were turned in during an amnesty
period of several months after the ban was enacted.

* But officials estimate that at least 250,000 illegal
weapons are still in circulation.

* Armed robberies involving handguns have increased
dramatically in recent years.

Although the "bobby" on the beat still patrols unarmed,
specially trained armed response units of each police force are
being called out more often. The number of incidents in which
armed officers have responded has increased two-fold -- from
about 6,000 in 1994 to 12,000 in recent years, according to
media reports.

Source: Ellen Hale, "British Fear Rise of 'Gun Culture,'" USA
Today, August 7, 2001.
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