Most UK citizens haven't seen never mind held a firearm of any type never mind an AR. Its drummed into you that guns are bad
I moved to France thinking gun laws where the same and stumbled across a range not knowing its legal to own virtually anything (not fully auto) and now have a hobby I love.
I regularly see the smile on peoples faces when they see and shoot for the first time
I couldn't go back to the UK now as I wouldn't want to give it up.