Here's an interesting article and stats page on the results of the UK handgun ban. Basically, handguns were banned in the UK in 1997. In 2007, 10 years later, gun related crime in the UK has doubled. Here is an article on this that includes statistics. SSAA - Evaluating Britain’s handgun ban Thoughts on why/how this happened? I'm seriously asking this. I already have my theory but I'd like to hear what some people have to say who support gun bans. My theory is that criminals did not turn in their guns. Criminals also didn't feel guilty buying guns on the black market. Thirdly, criminals felt safe, especially since they had guns and their victims most likely would not. Firearm related crime in the UK has now doubled since the handgun ban. Thoughts?