"Not defending the current state of affairs. It's a load of bull. But there isn't strictly a ban on owning or using a pistol."
True, but I don't think one can now imagine the way my dad and his co-worker used to keep a single shot .38 humane killer wrapped in a duster under the seat of a Land Rover. Anybody nowadays cheerfully asking their 8 year old daughter to trot over to the car and get the gun and ammo so that he could dispatch a poor animal is going to be having a very long chat with the plod and social services!