8/30/2008

Access to illegal guns in Britain

The UK's Guardian reports:

The gun shown here, a Webley, is up for sale in London for £150, one of hundreds of such weapons that are easily and cheaply available on the streets of the UK's big cities, a Guardian investigation can reveal.

The variety of weapons on offer in Britain is extensive and includes machine guns and shotguns, as well as pistols and converted replicas. A source close to the trade in illegal weapons contacted by the Guardian listed a menu of firearms that are available on the streets of the capital.

"You can get a clean [unused] 9mm automatic for £1,500, a Glock for a couple of grand and you can even make an order for a couple of MAC-10s," he said. "Or you can get a little sawn-off for £150. They're easy enough to get hold of. You'll find one in any poverty area, every estate in London, and it's even easier in Manchester, where there are areas where the police don't go.

"People who use shotguns tend to be lower down the pecking order. There is less use of sawn-off or full length shotguns, and if a criminal wants street cred, he wants a self-loading pistol, a MAC-10 or an Uzi submachine gun." . . .

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4 Comments:

Blogger Dad29 said...

Not exactly cheap Glocks or H&K's--near $3,000.

8/30/2008 2:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was gonna say the same thing. I wished I lived in a poverty area that could afford a Glock for nearly $4000 US.

Brass

8/30/2008 5:06 PM  
Blogger tomcox said...

The semi-autos may have a higher cool factor among the well-heeled thugs, but I'd sure hate to be looking at the big (.455) hole in the front of that Webley. Newer and cooler are not always better.

8/30/2008 9:07 PM  
Anonymous Keith said...

There is a link off this with a researcher giving black market prices for a home cooked Mac 10 of between £400 to £800 sterling.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/berkshire/7585437.stm

Pretty similler to the prices of the semi auto versions when they were legal.

If the prices are true, it looks like the British black market is well supplied.

Keith

9/01/2008 4:26 AM  

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