This was copied from the Summer issue of the NRA Journal this morning.
Note that the population of the UK is somewhat north of 65 MILLION people. The yUK is comprised of four nations - England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Only Northern Ireland allows ownership of cartridge-firing handguns that actually look like the ones that YOU can own in the USA. There ARE exceptions to that in England, but not as we know it, Jim. None in Wales or Scotland, though.
Shotguns are in a different accounting system - one shotgun = one shotgun certificate. 100 shotguns = also one shotgun certificate. Unlike the FAC, you can put guns on and off your shotgun certificate yourself.
Reasonable questions/comments will be accepted.