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Elvis' guns are held up

October 08, 2003|Randy Lewis

A British museum specializing in Elvis Presley memorabilia has hit a snag with plans for a new exhibit.

Strict gun-control laws in the United Kingdom are holding up an exhibit of firearms once owned by the King that the Fingerprints of Elvis museum in Liverpool had hoped to put on public display.

Britain's Home Office wants to know how the guns will be transported from the U.S. and how they will be guarded while they're in England.

The collection includes a World War II-era Colt pistol, a Golden Beretta pistol and a derringer pistol Presley used to carry on stage with him, tucked into one of his boots.

"They'll be on the plane as soon as we can get permission from the Home Office," museum director Jerry Goldman told Reuters news service.

The government has not said how long the approval process might take.

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