1689-King William of Orange grants his subjects (except Catholics) The right to bear arms in a new Bill of Rights.
1819-In response to civil unrest, a temporary seizure of arms act is passed. It allowed constables to search and confiscate arms from people who are "dangerous to the public peace.
1879- A license is needed if you want to carry a firearm outside of your house.
1903-The pistol Act isenacted and seems to be full of common sense. No guns for drunks and the mentally insane. Licenses required for purchases
1920-The Firearms act, creates the first registration system and gives police the power to deny a license to anyone "unfitted to be trusted with a firearm". This is the point where gun ownership ceased to be a right and became a privilege.
1937-The Firearms act is amended to raise the minimum age to buy a gun, gives police more power to regulate and bans full auto weapons. Self defense is ruled to no longer be a valid reason to be given a license.
1967-The criminal Justice act expands licensing to shotguns.
1968-Existing gun laws are all centralized and fees set for shotgun licenses.
1988-After the Hungerford Massacre the Firearms act is amended yet again, it bans semi autos, pump action rifles, weapons that fire explosive ammunition, short shotguns, magazines. Registration is made mandatory for short guns.
1997-The Dunblane massacre results in the death of sixteen children and a teacher. The killer uses two pistols and two revolvers. The results in another amendment, that essentially banned all handguns.
2006-After several gun related homicides, The Violent Crimes Reduction Act is passed making it a crime to make or sell imitation gunsand severely restricted air guns.
Does this seem familiar?