Yeah, something of a contrast. Over here in paranoia-land he'd have been in jail faster than the bullet left the muzzle of the gun.
Were you still here when the last round of gun laws were passed?
Those effectively made it impossible even for registered members of shooting clubs to legally retain a pistol, even under lock and key. Apparently rather than hand over their guns to the police quite a few people took them over to France and now take trips over the Channel to go target shooting.