GQ-UK: Dear Yanks, Yes, We Can Buy AR15's in England & 30rd MagPul Pmags, too!Submitted by AnCapMercenary on Tue, 03/12/2013 - 22:40
Contrary to popular belief, in England, silencers/suppressors are merely considered a hearing protection; if your firearms license is current, and you are legal to buy a bolt action hunting rifle, you can simply walk to your local gunshop and get a suppressor, without months of waiting...like we have to, here in America.
Oh, and an AR15? Yeah, the Brits can buy them, too, with some paperwork; so, suck it, Piers.
By Alex Hannaford 11 March 13
Here are a couple of things you may not know:
1. It is perfectly legal to buy the gun you see in the picture above in the United Kingdom (there's a disclaimer to this, which will come in a minute).
2. While President Obama has proposed limiting the size of magazine clips that carry ammunition in the U.S., there is no such limit on magazine sizes in the UK.
3. In fact, the AR-15 assault rifle above routinely uses 20-and-30-round clips.
I'm telling you this not to shock you or make you pick up the phone to your local MP, but to point out the fact that most commentators who have chosen to wade aimlessly into the gun control debate currently raging in the States have done so with very little knowledge of gun laws and gun culture in their own country, let alone in America.
Check this fine UK AR builder: http://www.lannertactical.com/AR15-UK-Straight-Pull-Rifles.html
UK Suppressor/Silencer Laws:
In the United Kingdom, sales of suppressors fall into four categories of use. For replica and air guns, the purchase of a suppressor requires no license and in most cases, no identification requirement. For shotguns, these will probably require the presentation of the buyer's shotgun certificate but will not be recorded. If the shotgun is classified as a firearm (where capacity exceeds 3 cartridges) the firearm certificate (FAC) will need to show permission for the purchase of a suppressor. For a small- or full-bore rifle, the firearm certificate (FAC) will need to show permission for the purchase of a suppressor and also the gun for which it is intended.
All firearms certificates have the firearm and caliber approved by the police and annotated to the document before a suppressor may be purchased. Police forces usually approve applications for a suppressor for hunting and target shooters, as the risks of litigation for personal injury, especially high-tone deafness resulting from shooting-induced hearing loss, are significant; and noise pollution in general is a problem for shooting sports.