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A year or so ago the UK introduced draconian laws further restricting the already highly limited right of the law-abiding to own handguns. ‘Gun crime’, Brits were told, would be a thing of the past. Since then, quite predictably, it has soared, not least because criminals realize that they now have the upper hand.

It’s now reported that a ‘national firearms amnesty’ will be launched (Friday’s London Independent explains) “to tackle the growing menace of gun crime.” Apparently, “new laws to outlaw carrying replica firearms and a minimum five-year jail sentence for being caught with a gun are also expected to be announced and a national guns database and tracing agency are to be set up.”