Ahhh....the freedom (or rather the loss of it)
The 1903 Pistols Act was the first, followed by the 1920 Firearms Act which was implemented simply because the powers that be were worried about another Bolshevik revolution in the UK after WW1 broke the class boundaries.
Since then the UK governments aim has been to remove all possible power from the people whenever possible.
Dunblane was a terrible act carried out by a certifiable psychiatric case whom the local police, the Strathclyde senior police officer all knew about but did nothing, That is why the senior officer in Strathclyde resigned. All in all a shameful episode mismanaged by the police.
Unannounced visits by police are what I would expect anywhere, quite frankly I have no objection.
I have previously held a FAC in the UK and currently hold the equivalent where I live in France (I still shoot full bore pistol).