Peoples all around the world since time immemorial had armed themselves for self-defence and the protection of others.
Do not Murder
Do not Injure
Do not Steal
Gun Rights setting out the inalienable right to keep arms.
United Kingdom - Bill of Rights 1689:
Freedom to have arms for defense.
Definition of 'Keep' & 'Have': "keep" are "to retain; not to lose," "to have in custody," "to preserve; not to let go."
Laws which a government passes to restrict the rights of citizen and subject alike.
But Common Law is senior in both status and precedent to Statutory Law...
Since after World War 1 the march to disarm and slowly enslave began:
Firearms Act of 1920 - Which made it illegal to possess these weapons without first obtaining a certificate from the police and registering each individual firearm.
The Firearms Acts 1936/7 placed additional controls on fully-automatic firearms, effectively restricting them to the armed forces and police. The Criminal Justice Act 1967 was passed which introduced Shotgun Certificates.
1953 - The Prevention of Crime Act 1953 prohibited the carrying of an offensive weapon without lawful authority or reasonable excuse.
A major and true right of a citizen or subject was dismantled at this point.
The Firearms Act 1968 introduced the concept of compulsory security for rifles and pistols and incorporated the Shotgun Certificate first outlined in the Criminal Justice Act 1967.
1987 - Following the strange events of the Hungerford Killings comes a test for gun owning community.
Center-fire Rifles that have semi-automatic capability are under threat from a conservative government, recently re-elected.
The response from the organised shooting community is muted. The official response from the spineless NRA UK is -
'We have no requirement for these weapons!'
So the government passes the Firearms Act 1988.
Without a breath of protest vast swathes of semi-auto rifles are seized, destroyed and eliminated from private citizens hands!
Any possibility of a citizens defence force or organisation is eliminated.
1996 - An even more questionable and shocking event takes place in Dunblaine, Scotland entailing the killing of many school children.
Thomas Hamilton, a rogue freemason and pederast/paedophile, is the killer who is found dead at the scene with several handguns.
The Cullen Enquiry seals the truth of what really happened that day.
Following the killing of the innocents a media onslaught against innocent gun-owners a feeble and desperate conservative government (AGAIN!) treacherously enacts Firearms (Amendment) Act 1997, which effectively banned all but .22 pistols.
This effectively banned the private possession of all modern pistols, even for competitive sporting purposes save .22 pistols.
Even 'antique' revolvers of 100 years old or more were affected by this draconian move as the police considered anything in 'available calibre' to be covered.
Even Britains legendary Webley .455 fell under this despicable act.
Gun Clubs now are expected to vet and establish probabationary measures against ALL newcomers, essentially policing citizens wanting to own section 1 firearms. Additionally many gun clubs have to close due to the pistol prohibition.
To actually become a full gun-club member you now have to 'conform' to extra 'rules, regulations and policy' of a Home Office Approved Gun Club!
Failing to 'tow the line', meet strict criteria (which varys) leads to a downturn in gun-owners.
Despite the slavish attempts from the government to placate the snowdrop campaign the conservatives still manage to lose the 1997 election and New Labour are elected. All that disarming for nothing as it turned out.
But wait, look what comes next...
Any chance of gun rights being restored by a so-called 'peoples party' are soon torpedoed.
Tony Blair (war criminal) enacts the Firearms (Amendment) (No.2) Act 1997. This now means even the .22 pistols that were excluded by the Tory gun prohibitions are now banned as well.
Terrorism Act 2000 - British Citizens entering or leaving the country can be stopped, detained and questioned on a whim.
Items can be seized for up to 72 hours and travel delayed by up to 9 hours. If one is a LEGAL gun owner leaving the country this is often a valid reason for being stopped as the authorities now view once rightful arms bearing citizens as now suspected terrorists.
Violent Crime Reduction Act 2005 - Non-lethal defence weaponry such as rubber-ball trauma pistols are outlawed. Unless someone is a member of a (home-office approved) airsoft club imitation weaponry such as blank-firer pistols and air-soft weapons are now required to be in garish two-tone colours for private ownership.