When did Britons lose their right to own weapons as per the Bill of Rights 1689?
- Anonymous6 months agoFavorite Answer
After the Napoleonic Wars when guns were more widely available, controls were introduced under the Vagrancy Act 1824. Subsequent legislation curbed any rights that my have been given to Protestants under the auspices of the Bill of Rights.
- JeffLv 66 months ago
The process began just after WWI and was completed in the 1990s, it's funny because now people aren't allowed to own guns but the police have started carrying them even though they didn't back when the laws weren't as strict.
- 6 months ago
Have they really lost it? There are too many guns in UK. Full ban on all, would have helped a while ago. Not sure what can be done, now.
- MercuryLv 76 months ago
You can still own weapons, I have a legal shotgun and rifle.
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- WhoLv 76 months ago
the bill of rights never allowed anybody the right to own weapons as a "right"
Protestants could be allowed to have weapons as allowed by law
Late on in WW1 officers were allowed to keep their sidearms when going home on leave - everybody else had to hand in there rifles before going home on leave (they didnt carry sidearms ) cos the government were afraid the russian revolution to spread to the UK (earlier in WW1 soldiers were also allowed to take their rifles home)
(That same government at first said they would give sanctuary to the tzar and family after he abdicated (and the soviets who held him captive promised safe conduct to a neutral country) . the UK later revoked this sanctuary cos it feared it would also spread revolution to the UK , Funnily they DID give sanctuary to the keiser who had lead germany against the UK in the war they had just been fighting
(get real "anonymous" - the bill of rights reversed James's earlier bill that allowed protestants to be DIS-ARMED
while allowing catholics to be armed enen though contrary to law
- TinaLv 76 months ago
You need a licence for a gun in Britain, just as you need a licence for a car because both are dangerous if left to the control of people who don't know how to control them.
It's worth thinking about, you know.
- LudwigLv 66 months ago
You are of the American persuasion, yes? Our Bill of Rights did not deal with things like the right to bear arms in a transgender toilet or things like that.
It was more about making sure we had a functioning political system. If only other countries had taken note before they wrote their own 'bill of rights'...
- Anonymous6 months ago
When it became politically unpalatable to allow Protestants to be armed while Catholics were not.
"That the Subjects which are Protestants may have Arms for their Defence suitable to their Conditions and as allowed by Law."
- KillmousekyLv 66 months ago
They never did.
- 6 months ago
They still have the right to own all sorts of weapons
They have restrictions on those in London, but it is still possible for them to easily get loads of them without much difficulty