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Zvezda wrote: I read that the UDA in Ulster was a legal organization till the early 90s and I wondered since the UK has very strict gun laws, can some you tell me what was the legal status of the guns those private armies stocked was? Is it like the organization was legal but the guns were illegal? Or did they get special permits for those arms? This would be interesting to me for in our Republic of Britain setting guns are generally illegal.
I think the UDA may have remained legal for such a long time because it maintained a (notional at least) separation from its paramilitary wing, maybe in a similar fashion to Sinn Fein and the IRA.
I'm not well versed in NI gun laws but I do remember in the late 70s or early 80s Ian Paisely addressing a massed rally of supporters who all had firearms certificates. I think they may have brought said pieces of paper with them and waved them in the air on being instructed to do so by the Reverend.
As I recall certain categories of people did carry firearms as a matter of course e.g. off duty police, army and reservists. I think politicians may have had the right to carry a gun as well. I'm sure there was a news story where a NI politico had a shoot out with some paramilitaries. Might have been relatively recent.
One other thing - mail order catalogues in the 70s used to sell air guns, but you couldn't order them if you lived in Northern Ireland.
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Yeah, this would make sense. The reservists have similar regulations in Switzerland I believe. They can take their arms home. This is different in other nations. I have the strange feeling that the AoS were also involved in the coup d'etat! It's not like I want the SPP back, but everybody had a job and there was some measure of security. I mean the police was everywhere right? That said, what is the AoS' stance of sabotage and terrorism against the republic?
That other thing - I would never have thought of a civilized democracy that it would be capable of taking away the basic human rights to buy and shoot air guns. What did they do for entertainment then? Darts? I mean video games were hardly an option in 1970.
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