I disagree that the right to bear arms should be a fundamental right. Yes, I know that’s what the US constitution says — but it’s bullshit. Almost every other country in the world gets along just fine without that “right” — and just about every country (and certainly every civilized country) has a LOT less gun deaths than the USA. The framers of the constitution were smart guys — but they made mistakes — and the precise wording of that bit was one of them.
Fortunately, we have no shortage of loopholes. It doesn’t say you have the right to bear anything more than a smoothbore musket and it doesn’t say you have the right to buy it, sell it or buy the black powder to fire it. It says you have the right to bear arms…there is no language there about semi-automatic pistols.
When guns were pretty much banned in the UK, criminals did continue to get and use them for a few years — but that’s gradually tapered off as the guns still in circulation are gradually confiscated, break, get lost, go rusty. Getting guns isn’t that easy when they are illegal — getting ammunition is even harder. If you’re caught with a gun, that’s gonna get you in trouble — so keeping a gun for some future crime that you might be planning is dangerous. Criminals DON’T find it easy to get guns in a society in which they are banned…that’s a myth.