British YouTube Gun Channel Goes Dark

From: Gene Poole ([email protected])

On the heels of YouTube shutting down Brownells’ channel in
America, a stranger story has emerged on the other side of the
Atlantic. It seems as if police in the United Kingdom have
pressured gun blogger Calum Long-Collins into disbanding his
YouTube channel.

Long-Collins, who had 15,000 followers and had garnered more
than 15 million views over the past few years, said he shut down
his site after authorities marked his work as a “forum of
extremism” and he was going to have to “show the police that I
am a fit character to own firearms within the U.K.”

Long-Collins posted a farewell video—well, one more that will
present a montage of highlights from his video archives is yet
to be posted—in which he discussed the factors leading up to his

The dispute isn’t new. It was about two years in the making,
finally coming to its denouement when Long-Collins voluntarily
decided to end his posts.

Two years ago, the blogger lost his firearm licenses after
someone make an unfounded accusation against him. The
allegations proved false and he was again granted his right to
own firearms, but investigators dug us “suspect” videos.

When those concerns were brought to light, Long-Collins says in
his farewell video, he tried “to change the direction” of the
content on his channel. “Unfortunately, I’ve failed to bring the
channel and the videos to the standard that the police feel is
adequate and I only have myself to blame for this.”;

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