England promoted a national firearms amnesty/turn-in during 2017. In Bristol, 313 “guns” were turned in, along with a whopping 120 rounds of ammunition. That’s one round of ammo for every 2.6 “guns.”. I put “guns” in quotes, because . . .
only 186 of the 313 items were actual firearms. Most of those had no ammunition for them. Here’s the breakdown from bristolpost.co.uk:
Air weapon 96
BB gun 14
Starter pistol 11
Slaughtering gun 2
Stun gun 1
More than 35 percent of the guns (110) are air-guns (BB guns are air-guns). That’s a higher percentage than observed during Australia’s 2017 gun amnesty: a bit more than 25 percent.
The ammunition turn-in at Bristol was underwhelming. To create a scary hypothetical, the author had to dig deep.
For example, a .38 revolver was surrendered and, separately, a bag of live .38 bullets. The two combined would have been a lethal weapon that could have fallen into the hands of criminals and caused significant harm or death.
The implication: almost none of the guns turned in had ammunition turned in with them. That fits the given numbers.
The U.S. has over 400 million guns. No one keeps track, but during the four years of the .22 ammunition bubble, approximately 20 billion rounds of .22 ammunition was sold in the United States. Most was stored, not shot. I don’t have an estimate for centerfire ammunition, but it would be in the multiple billions of rounds.
It is not unusual for a single firearm aficionado to have 50,000 rounds of ammunition. Private gun owners in the United States could easily possess a 100 billion rounds of ammunition or more.
The United States will not be following Australia or England anytime soon.
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