Grant Wilkinson – Proof the illegal gun market doesn’t need the legal

Grant Wilkinson

There are many in the anti-gun lobby who argue that all guns that are in criminals hands were once legally owned firearms. That might be true and all, but not for ones supplied by Grant Wilkinson. For those of you who don’t know, Grant Wilkinson is a convicted gun manufacturer who bought 90 blank firing Mac 10’s and converted them to fire live ammunition. The guns were sold off to criminals at around £1500 to £2500 and have been involved in 51 incidents, including 9 fatalities which include PC Sharon Beshenivsky. About 50/90 of the guns have been recovered by police and police are rewarding £10,000 for the discovery of the remaining weapons. Wilkinson was convicted of nine charges including conspiracy to convert an imitation firearm and conspiracy to sell and transfer firearms.

What I am showing you here is an example of a criminal who saw the demand for guns in the black market. Driven by profit, he set up a clandestine factory, bought the blank firers and went his way. I could actually see this happening at a much larger scale if the legal market was abolished and smuggling became more of a hassle. Don’t get me wrong, I am 100% for making sure criminals, mentally ill and those who are a danger to society are not allowed to possess a firearm. But the fact of the matter is guns will not simply go away if legislation was passed to ban all firearms.

The gun is not a particularly complex weapon, as a matter of fact, anyone who has access to a dremel could make one trip to the hardware store and get materials to make a .22 calibre single shot zip gun (as pictured to the right). And honestly, IMO, a zip gun could be almost as bad as a semi auto pistol or revolver since either the person would practice to make the shot count or they would carry a couple zip guns.

There are also publications showing how to make submachine guns in clandestine weapons factories. One book called Expedient Homemade Firearms shows how to make a 9mm submachine gun from materials which could be bought from your local hardware store without the need of a lathe or milling machine. Ok, the gun wouldn’t be like an MP5 but it would still be workable. Another book is the Do it yourself submachine gun which not only shows how a submachine gun could be made, but how it could be made in clandestine situations at larger scales. I will say unlike the previous book, it is a more complicated weapon which requires machining, however the end result is an uzi-like submachine gun which matches military standards.

While it might be uncommon in your area for shootings to occur and that most of the killings are committed with knives, that could change overnight. All it takes is a group of thugs to invest (lets use the do it yourself submachine gun as an example) and make UZI style submachine guns and start passing them on to anyone who wants a gun. Then what could happen is some sort of butterfly effect where other thugs decide to again cash in the gun market and sell off guns to feed the demand of illegal guns. All of a sudden, your area turns into LA with gangs tooled up with UZI style submachine guns (Keep in mind this is just a theory of mine and that I DO NOT condone such acts and I support authorities 100% on cracking down the illegal guns market).

In conclusion, the illegal guns market doesn’t need  to rely on stolen guns or guns bought from straw purchases. People like Grant Wilkinson would simply set up clandestine factories and manufacture firearms. And they probably wont go and make single shot .22 handguns, they would make 9mm submachine guns. It may be all fist fights and knives in your neighbourhood, but it could all of a sudden turn into the streets of LA.


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