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Interestingly, although virtually all countries require background evaluation of applicants, one of the few countries in the world with even tighter firearms control than the UK, is China. And there is no country with more CCTV surveillance in the world than the UK. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gun_politics http://www.gunpolicy.org/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mass_surveillance This increasingly paranoid "surveillance" atmosphere means that the tactics of UK police when faced with allegedly armed suspects has been a tendency to shoot first second and third etc - and ask questions later. But let's remember that Sark has been subject to invasion by a bloke armed with an assault rifle. The question of having some form of on-island armed response is not fanciful in these times of modern piracy. And what arms exist under the control of the SEM and Brecqhou? Are those canons really just for blanks and confetti?