This is broadly in line with British law on sale of ammunition. All sales must be face to face and with the exception of shotgun cartridges all sales are recorded. We are also limited to the ammount we can buy, for example I can only buy max 500 .22s at a time.
For a pot hunter this might be several years supply of .22s but for a fun shooter like me its an afternoon’s shooting. So now every time my sons and I want to take my .22 rifle out I have to first do an hour and a half round trip to see Joe at Gunshop, Cat Hill to buy ONE brick of .22s. Joe would like to sell me more but his hands are tied.
And as I have known Joe for decades I would be lucky to get out of the shop without having a cup of coffee looking at whats new, chewing the fat etc so its a half a a day trip with my wife still complaining that I haven’t done this or that.
Result- The .22 rifle doesn’t come out much. And a lot of good old father/son bonding experiences are missed.
By stealth, because it is not law, this is extending into reloading components as well. It started with primers.
Its hard to see what the advantage to society is from these laws. It only takes one round to commit a murder.
What it does do is create huge problems for ordinary people who live in more remote areas who then have to drive BIG miles. For the gunshops it creates stock problems. They can’t keep all of the combinations of all of the calibres. Also they are now restricted to a customer base dictated by how far people are prepared to drive. You can’t call him and ask him to stick a couple of boxes in the mail. Or give them to Bill who’s coming into town on Friday.
In Britain this means gunshops are struggling and the stock on the shelf goes down and down. Everything has to be ordered in. This makes everything so much more complicated and unsatisfactory.
New rifle? lets go on the internet and order a box of Norma, a box of Remington and a box of Federal to take it to the range see how it shoots. Not any more you won’t!
You will wait a month for your dealer to get some in and then you will take whatever he ordered, and be grateful.
None of this stops crime but if you believe the conspiracy theories it will help to prevent groups from stockpiling ammunition.
Briitsh gunlaws were first put in place because of fears of armed uprisings in the decade following the Russian revolution. None of the British gunlaws have had any effect on crime. You have to question their motives.