do they have background checks in the UK? No. They don't need to because they've banned guns in the UK. Do many criminals have guns in the UK? Yes. The authorities estimate that there are some 3 million "illegal" guns in the UK and it's an island nation, not one with thousands of miles of open borders where even humans sneak in. Why can't they stop firearms from being smuggled in? The same thing will happen hear when the liberals finally push us far enough to ban guns. But first they have to get them all registered. Do you sense a foreshadowing, Mr. Chapman? You should.