"For protection inside your on own home you can obviously do what you have to do"You just have to be a meber at a club and shoot regularly for 6 months here. Then you take another course to shoot anything over .22.
Carrying anything here is not an option, so both guns and knives fall into the category of "if I was an Amercian." You can bring the gun to and from the range and to dispatch game in traps and snares. That's it. For protection inside your on own home you can obviously do what you have to do. I feel pretty safe where I live, so it doesn't really matter here much, but it's a little bit late to start learning when it's suddenly needed and it's a good social hobby, as well.
Everything's been closed down since the pandemic started, though. They just opened for those who have their own guns which I don't since I wanted to wait until I could get a 9 mm and also get a locker what was big enough for other stuff and legal without bolting it down since I tend to move a lot.
In the UK - no hand guns/ military type rifles - full stop.
We do have shotguns/ hunting rifles - and just had a mass-shooting in Plymouth, but it was the 1st in about 7 years.
Even our Islamic terrorists can't get hold of firearms.
Edit: 12 years ago - not 7.