Finally! I Can Own A Shotgun in Scotland! Warning to America
Whoopee! After 6 months my shotgun license finally arrived today and I can now legally own a shotgun here in Scotland. What’s the big deal?, my fellow Americans ask. Let me tell you a story and give you a warning specifically about gun control and generally about socialism.
Quick background on me. I was raised on a farm in Kentucky, was a boy scout, spent 20 years in the US Navy and did two tours here in Scotland. I’ve hunted and owned firearms almost my entire life. Scotland used to be a hunters paradise – used to be.
First the easy stuff. Handguns are banned in the UK. Forget about them.
You can own a rifle but the requirements are very stringent. So much so, I haven’t even bother to try yet – yet. Not sure I want too after my experience getting permission to own a shotgun.
In November 2015, 6 months ago, I paid $120 (non refundable if I had been refused) and sent off my application for a shotgun license. In January 2016, I emailed my local firearms police officer and asked for a status update. I was told curtly, someone would be in touch “at some point”. The following month, I was visited by my local firearms officer and interviewed in my home.
The interview consisted of a review of my application, questions about arrests, drug and alcohol use, membership in subversive organizations and where I intended to use my shotgun. You see, you must have a place to use a shotgun; it’s not enough just to want to own one and wanting one for self-defence is grounds for refusal. Fortunately, clay target shooting qualifies and there are ranges open to the public – not many though. Then the same background information was asked of everyone over the age of 18 who lived in my house; along with their personal details. The interview lasted about an hour and the officer left seemingly satisfied I was a suitable candidate.
Next, the following Friday, the officer interviewed my reference I had given on my application. On your application you have to name a reference you have known for at least two years.
Finally today, after 6 months, my shotgun license arrived in the mail. I’m told I’m lucky as the average wait is 9 months!
I still can’t own a shotgun – or at least keep one in the house. Why? Because I next have to install a gun safe – one that meets the approval of my local firearms officer. Once the gun safe is installed I’m supposed to contact them again for an inspection prior to obtaining a shotgun. Fortunately, I had one picked out from an on-line site and got the officers approval while they were here for the interview.
Once the gun safe is installed and the officer satisfied, I can then obtain a shotgun. And once I do that, I have to report all the details, including serial number, who I got it from and their shotgun license number, to the officer. Then the other person has to report to the police my details as the new owner of the shotgun.
We’re not done yet.
Now that I have a shotgun (when I do), the police can show up at my door at ANY TIME, day or night, and demand to inspect my gun safe and shotgun. And once in your door…well,
UPDATE: I forgot to mention, my license is only valid for 5 years, at which time I have to pay the $120 fee again and apply to have it renewed.
The socialist Scottish National Party (SNP) who control Scotland ( I think they hold all but 3 of the seats in the Scottish parliament), want to ban ALL guns outright and to that end, as of this month, air guns require a fire arms license. That’s right air guns! A fire arms license is much harder to obtain then a shotgun license. Further, a current fire arms license is NOT sufficient, you must obtain a separate air gun license and under go the entire process all over. All this despite there being virtually no air gun crime in Scotland.
Like all socialist hungry for control, the SNP can’t wait for legislation to ban all guns so, like Obama, they took administrative action to stop gun ownership in Scotland. There used to be 34 fire arms officers in Scotland to investigate applicants, a woefully inadequate number, there are now just 14 – 14 for the entire country!
Guns are just the tip of the socialist iceberg here in Scotland.
This past weekend, the Police Scotland tweeted that anyone tweeting things that hurt or are unkind, risk a visit from the police. I am not kidding. If that’s not chilling enough, then maybe the socialist SNP’s new State Guardian Law for all children under 18 will get your attention.
The law states that all children up to their 18th birthday shall have a State appointed “guardian”. Further, this “guardian” CAN NOT be a relative. In other words, the socialists will appoint someone unrelated to you to act as a guardian over your children. This guardian will be allowed to interview your child, alone, without you present. I’m not sure the Nazis even went this far.
It goes on and on. As of this month a new law states that all dogs must be “chipped” and their owners details put on a central data base. There is already talk of extending it to cats. What’s next? Chipping people? Don’t laugh – the socialist aren’t.
Why do the Scots of Braveheart legend put up with this? The socialists sold them on the everything for free idea. Now that they are hooked on the state tit, they can’t give it up – even if it means giving up all their freedoms. And you thought heroin was bad.
Remember my fellow Americans, as the old saying goes, any government big enough to give you all you want, is big enough to take away all you have.
You have been warned!
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