How can this be? On an island where gun laws are so strict why would the police need to carry sidearms??? Can a citizen of the U.K. even legally own/keep a handgun in their home? http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-28656324 "In a little-noticed move, a small number of police officers are now routinely carrying sidearms while on patrol in parts of the mainland UK. How did this come about, and does it alter the relationship between the constabulary and the public?"