Tough laws on BB guns in the UK.

Tough laws on BB guns in the UK.

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    Tough laws on BB guns in the UK.

    Tough laws on BB guns in the UK.

    I thought I was browsing some Euro gun sites and somehow
    landed on a page about airguns. Didn't realize owning a bb gun
    was such a big deal over here?

    UK Legal Limit
    To calculate the power of an airgun you need to use a chronograph to measure the speed of the pellet (in feet per second) when fired, and you need to know the weight of the pellet in grains. Once you have that information you perform the following calculation:- speed(ft/sec) X speed(ft/sec) X weight(grains) 450240
    This gives you the result in foot pounds force (ftlb).
    As mentioned the legal maximum for an unlicensed air rifle is 12 ftlb which from changing round the above formula, gives the approximate values as follows:-
    A .22 pellet weighing 14.4 grains, maximum permissible speed is 612 ft/sec
    A .177 pellet weighing 7.9 grains, maximum permissible speed is 826 ft/sec
    The corresponding figures for a pistol are 433 ft/sec for a .22 and 584 ft/sec for a .177
    The pellet weights used in the above calculation are typical weights for the sizes of pellet but you must always check the actual weight of your pellet before performing your own calculation.
    Offence Penalties
    The Penalties for breaking current UK firearms laws with Airguns are as follows:-
    Carrying a loaded Air-weapon in a public place 6 months imprisonment and / or 5,000 fine.
    Trespassing with an air weapon 3 months imprisonment and / or 2,500 fine.
    Trespassing on private land with an air weapon 3 months imprisonment and / or 2,500 fine.
    Possessing or using an air weapon if sentenced to 3 months or more in custody 3 months imprisonment and / or 2,500 fine.
    In addition if original sentence up to 3 years 5 year ban on use of firearms.
    Or if for 3 years or more Life ban on use of firearms.
    Killing or injuring any bird or protected animal unless authorised 5,000 fine.
    Firing an air weapon within 15m / 50ft of a public highway 1,000 fine.
    Selling or hiring air weapon or ammunition to person under 17 6 months imprisonment and / or 5,000 fine.
    Making a gift of air weapon or ammunition to person under 14 1,000 fine.
    Having air weapon or ammunition with intent to damage property 10 years imprisonment.
    Having air weapon with intent to endanger life Life imprisonment and / or appropriate fine.
    Using air weapon to resist or prevent arrest Life imprisonment and / or appropriate fine.
    Threatening others with an air weapon (even if unloaded) to cause them to fear unlawful violence 10 years imprisonment and / or appropriate fine.


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    Is there anything the UK hasn't banned yet.

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    I guess Ralphie won't shoot his eye out over there!
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    *grumbling about stupidity*
    Don't frisk me, I am the weapon.


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    Nonsensical in the extreme.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom G View Post
    Is there anything the UK hasn't banned yet.
    Stupidity has not been banned yet, and quite obviously it is runing rampant!

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    thank you George Soros.

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    this is the kind of nonsense 'obamanation' wants for us

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    Bloody idiots...
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    Don't the Brits have anything else better to do ??
    "When the people fear the government you have tyranny...when the government fears the people you have liberty."

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    Quote Originally Posted by mi2az View Post
    Don't the Brits have anything else better to do ??
    Yes. Boil their food and avoid the dentist.
    Don't frisk me, I am the weapon.


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    Cool

    Quote Originally Posted by Tom G View Post
    Is there anything the UK hasn't banned yet.
    Off the top of my head , the only things I can think of are ignorance and Sheeple. In the UK, there doesn't seem to be a shortage of either.


    Common sense though seems to be rare and in great demand.

    It's sad to see that the government of a country that was once so great has robbed it's own people of so many personal rights while at the same time is catering to a foreign immigrant culture and ideology that is bent on it's destruction.
    If the people don't wake up and defend themselves soon, they will one day wake up with no rights at all. And if the country doesn't wake up to what is happening they will soon find themselves without a country.

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