The fact that Bampton lies in the Witney Constituency is, I suspect, the reason for confiscation of the starting pistol - which can be converted into a lethal weapon - and may well have something to do with the incumbent MP - one some people believe deserves rather more than a kick up the rear!
It would appear that my view of politicians and their rightful place being adorning lamp posts is now shared by one American. From the comments:
"dcwusmc, Vallejo, California says...
6:39pm Fri 27 May 11