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VCR Act – Blank Firing guns

6 Comments 1st August 2010

Under the Violent Crime Reduction (VCR) Act the last government saw fit to harm the interests of the lawful majority by banning (amongst other things) the sale of blank firing weapons. The thinking behind this is absurd and this section of the law should be rescinded.

Why does this matter?

Along with additional controls on air weapons and plastic toy guns, the last government saw fit to ban the purchase of blank firing imitation guns (with exceptions for those used to train gun dogs and war re-enactors).

The thinking behind this seems to have been that they have no 'practical use' (with the exceptions above) and that they may be used to intimidate members of the public. No thought seems to of been given to their near non-existence in the crime statistics or that some people like to collect replica weapons as curiosities or ornaments.

Furthermore, considering also that the legally available, brightly coloured guns used to train dogs can be repainted (a trivial task) this seems to be an exercise in futility with no regard to the interests of the majority who acquire and process these items lawfully.

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6 Responses to VCR Act – Blank Firing guns

  1. Stuart Houston says:

    Common sense isn’t very common, I recently purchased a dog training blank and as you say..a spraycan and it is black.
    Now I find myself interested in all things mechanical,cars, planes helis, I build/fix all above in model versions, why cant I keep a collection of inert Works of Art on my walls?
    And Blank firing guns can be usefull(safety) in mountains and at sea for setting off flares.
    Repeal this section, I agree.

  2. g meek says:

    I say repeal this law.

  3. chris glazebrook says:

    The laws in this country (uk)are a joke as I myself enjoyed collecting the blued blank guns

  4. John says:

    If the law properly prosecuted those who used firearms or replica firearms in criminal activities and left law-abiding citizens to enjoy owning and using such guns safely and legally, I for one would have more respect for the law.
    UK law is too stupid for words, ie. I can legally buy a Russian made CO2 Makarov pistol that fires steel BBs in original gun blue but if I buy a lot metal Makarov that fires plastic BBs it has to be painted in a bright colour. In the USA real firearms are being made in all the colours of the rainbow, so why such a stupid law?

  5. John says:

    Darn spell checker, I wrote POT METAL not lot metal.

  6. James Jordan says:

    Worse idea ever. I love collecting replica air guns with black and chrome finishes and would have loved one or two all black blank shooters in my collection. Doesn’t make any sense banning them. :-((

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