Here’s why British firearms licensing law stops nutters getting guns

3 Oct 2017 – Why is it that British firearms laws generally work well at keeping firearms out of the hands of criminals and madmen, while our English-speaking cousins across the Pond have so many problems with spree murderers?

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New site, work in progress

5 May 2017 – The new UKSN website is a (very!) slow work in progress at the moment. Once it’s good enough, I’ll need people to help me test it out.

What I will do is keep the new site entirely for premium, subscription-only UKSN news. The occasional free snippet will still go on up on here in the meantime.

If you’d be interested in helping test the paywalled site once I finish putting it together, please comment below or email me – details are on the contact page linked above.

On the offchance any web developers read this, ahem, I think you can guess what comes next…!

Met Police data breach

19 April 2017 – The Metropolitan Police appears to have handed the full names and home addresses of every FAC and SGC holder to a marketing agency promoting the commercial Smartwater property marking and tracing product.

I am investigating this with my day job hat on. If you have received one of these leaflets and are concerned about the implications of your details having been sold on to a commercial third party by police – contrary to what Firearms Form 201 says, on page 7, in the data protection statement – please contact me at work:

Smartwater is basically invisible ink. You mark your property with it and if it is stolen, and later recovered, police can read off who owns it using UV light.

Resurrecting UKSN

I am considering resurrecting UKSN as a subscription service. Perhaps as a print newsletter posted to your very front door, or perhaps as a monthly email newsletter.

I’ve done it for free up until now but that was on the basis that it was a spare time thing. Time is money.

Thoughts and observations welcome in the comments section, particularly if you’d be interested in signing up for it.