Why does the Empire allow its subjects to go around armed?
Han Solo openly carries a blaster. Chewbacca carries his bowcaster. In Rogue One, Baze Malbus carried a heavy repeater cannon. How does this not draw attention of the Empire?
It seems that if they want to control the universe, disarming the populace would make that goal easier. It would also help identify Rebels. Was it tolerated in the Republic?