“We are not talking peanuts. It’s a life’s work,” said Mr. Young to the Oxford Times.
Mr. Young’s gun license was revoked in 2008 when he made an inappropriate comment over the phone to a council member:
Mr. Young believes that his collection might be one of the biggest in the country. Some of the guns date back to the 18th century. To make matters worse, the police have devalued the guns and believe they are worth around £65,000 ($101,116) but Mr. Young says they are worth £350,000 ($544,740). Quite a difference.
Can't happen here? Don't count on it. The majority of his collection holds no more than two shots, has no clip or magazine, and many are works of art. As they say in merry olde England, "In for a penny in for a pound" Eventually it will come down to the fact that a gun is a gun!
Thanks to http://www.gundigest.com/
A parable you may have heard:
The Camel's Nose In The Tent !
One cold night, as an Arab sat in his tent, a camel gently thrust his nose under the flap and looked in. "Master," he said, "let me put my nose in your tent. It's cold and stormy out here." "By all means," said the Arab, "and welcome" as he turned over and went to sleep.
A little later the Arab awoke to find that the camel had not only put his nose in the tent but his head and neck also. The camel, who had been turning his head from side to side, said, "I will take but little more room if I place my forelegs within the tent. It is difficult standing out here." "Yes, you may put your forelegs within," said the Arab, moving a little to make room, for the tent was small.
Finally, the camel said, "May I not stand wholly inside? I keep the tent open by standing as I do." "Yes, yes," said the Arab. "Come wholly inside. Perhaps it will be better for both of us." So the camel crowded in. The Arab with difficulty in the crowded quarters again went to sleep. When he woke up the next time, he was outside in the cold and the camel had the tent to himself.