Guns politics

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Gun politics in the United-Kingdom

Gun politics in the United-Kingdom generally places its main considerations on how best to ensure public safety and how deaths involving firearms can mosteffectively be prevented. Unlike in the United States, there is practically no modern organised gun rights lobby in the United Kingdom, and little debate between pro-gun control and pro-gun ownershipadvocates.
These two situations create what is believed to be some of the strictest gun legislation in the world.
There are different situations in Scotland, since power to legislate on firearms wasreserved to the UK Parliament under the Scotland Act 1998 that established a Scottish Parliament; this has led to tensions between Westminster and Holyrood with the Scottish Government wanting to enactstill stricter laws.
In Northern Ireland has the most relaxed laws on firearms. In Northern Ireland, owning a firearm is legal and firearms certificate are regularly issued by the Police Serviceprovided that it is for self-defence and the particular person will not endanger or harm the public.
But an upsetting event took place in march 1996 in the Scottish town of Dunblane, indeed thomas WattHamilton walked into the Dunblane Primary School armed with two 9 mm Browning HP pistols and two Smith & Wesson .357 Magnum revolvers. He was carrying 743 cartridges, and fired his weapons 109 times.Hamilton made his way to the gymnasium and opened fire on a Primary One class of five- and six-year-olds,Fifteen children died together with their class teacher, Gwen Mayor, who was killed trying toprotect the children. Hamilton then left the gymnasium through the emergency exit. In the playground outside he began shooting into a mobile classroom. A teacher in the mobile classroom had previouslyrealised that something was seriously wrong and told the children to hide under the tables.
Hamilton returned into the gymnasium and fired one shot with one of his two revolvers pointing upwards...
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