I am getting ready to teach another "class" so individuals can carry a concealed firearm in my home state of Michigan. In the beginning of every class I ask why do they want to carry a firearm and which firearm do they intend to carry and why. The results are always interesting.
So, I ask you, if you could carry an off-duty firearm, which firearm would you carry and why? I am also interested what ammunition you would carry and why?
The UK is very different to the states. We are not obsessed with guns here. It's not something that is remotely part of our culture. Possession of a Section 1 firearm (handguns etc.) is strictly prohibited in law, either in private or public. Whilst we have specialist firearms Officers, the UK Police - as you perhaps know - are routinely unarmed [with firearms]. Although it would be fair to say, there are illegally held firearms in circulation and that parts of the UK do suffer from disproportionately high gun-related crime problems; by and large gun-crime is relatively very low in this country. So much so that a "fatal shooting" tends to be national news. More so in this age of 24/7 news coverage. And long may that continue. The US can keep it's gun related problems, thanks. The point I make is carrying a firearm off-duty it's not something we have to think about. Even remotely. The thought of carrying a gun off-duty couldn't be further from my mind, let alone if I did which sort of ammunition I'd carry. I would have absolutely no desire or need to. Whether I would carry one routinely on-duty is another discussion - but something that might be equally alien to those of you on the other side of the pond is that a hell of a lot of UK Police Officers wouldn't want to be routinely armed. Whilst I don't want to be disrespectful, you lot might do well to take a leaf out of our book in terms of gun-laws. It might then negate the need for normal members of the public to go around "packing" concealed firearms. I've been to the states several times and love it there, don't get me wrong, but you do have some serious issues with firearms which thankfully does not carry over to here. Thank god. That's all I can say.