Compared to the United States the United Kingdom is known for its strict policies on firearms, particularly handguns. On 16 October, 1996, the 23 official recommendations were made that enabled the banning of handguns from private ownership throughout the UK.
This decision was made just after the most deadly shooting in UK history, what is commonly known as the Dunblane massacre. On March 13 earlier that year, a Thomas Hamilton, 43, drove his van to Dunblane Primary School and disabled communications for the school and nearby homes. Toting four legally owned handguns, he marched into the gymnasium and murdered several people–an adult and many children–before moving throughout the school to kill others. He then turned a revolver on himself and ended his own life.
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