14 June 2016 – The Home Office has claimed that a theoretical one life per year will be saved by banning some antique firearms from general ownership.
In a government impact assessment released this morning, it is revealed that the department expects one life per year will be saved by outlawing some antique firearms from general possession and forcing them to be held on firearm certificates.
Antique firearms are old guns with obsolete ignition systems or that fire obsolete cartridges.
“We have used the data provided by NABIS as an indication of the scale of the problem,” said the Home Office, in an alarming confession, as it went on to say: “Most bodies who record criminal incidents involving firearms do not do so in a way which is conducive to this impact assessment. This is because the firearms that are of particular concern to this report often cut across the subcategories of firearms present in the data… The result of this is that, although recorded information on firearms does exist, often only indicative examples can be given.”
In plain English, the Home Office admits there are no other statistics to support NABIS’ claims about the scale of criminal misuse of antique firearms.
The costs to business and the economy are mostly unreported because the government says it cannot find any statistics on ownership or draw any meaningful conclusions about how many people will be negatively affected by a partial antique ban.
NABIS, the National Ballistics Intelligence Service, has long been campaigning for more lawfully-owned firearms to be banned. As more firearms and firearm-related objects are outlawed, so the ballistics and firearm testing lab, which is ‘hosted’ by West Midlands Police and funded by ‘contributions’ from the UK’s Home Office-regulated police forces, keeps its core market as broad as possible.