Britain Restricts Acid Sales After Nearly 2,000 Attacks in Seven Years

The United Kingdom will limit access to sulphuric acid and similar substances after a spike in attacks in recent years, Home Secretary Amber Rudd announced Tuesday.

More than 1,800 acid attacks have been reported in the United Kingdom since 2010, with 458 of them taking place last year. Fluid acid has replaced guns as the weapons of choice for many gangs since it’s legal to carry around and easy to obtain.