In a few countries, including Cambodia, Eritrea, and the Solomon Islands, ownership of firearms by civilians is completely prohibited.
Taiwan and Indonesia have the lowest gun ownership rates possible, with zero civilian firearms per 100 people. Guns, however, are not banned in either of these countries. Taiwan only allows shotguns, handguns, and regular rifles, and a background check and license are required for all guns.
As of 2013 Russian citizens over 18 years of age can obtain a firearms license after attending gun-safety classes and passing a federal test and background check. Firearms may be acquired for self-defense, hunting, or sports activities, as well as for collection purposes.
#1. Singapore. Singapore is probably the strictest country in the world when it comes to gun laws.
With the exception of individuals with hunting permits and some ethnic minorities, civilian firearm ownership is restricted to non-individual entities. Law enforcement, military, paramilitary, and security personnel are allowed to use firearms. Police are to use issued pistols only to stop serious or dangerous crimes.
Other than the police and the military, no one in Japan may purchase a handgun or a rifle. Hunters and target shooters may possess shotguns and airguns under strictly circumscribed conditions. The police check gun licensees' ammunition inventory to make sure there are no shells or pellets unaccounted for.
Mexican law allows citizens to have one handgun for personal protection and up to nine rifles, as long as they can prove they are members of shooting or hunting clubs. A customer walks the aisles of the Directorate of Arms and Munitions Sales in Mexico City.
To buy a gun, Germans must get a firearms ownership license (Waffenbesitzkarte). But a number of criteria must be met before the licence is issued, starting with its holder being 18-years or over. Candidates are judged on trustworthiness, personal adequacy, expert knowledge and necessity.
Also, since at least 2009, private gun ownership in North Korea has been banned.
In May 2022, Trudeau announced new legislation that would ban the ownership of "military-style assault weapons" in a mandatory buyback program, and impose restrictions banning the sale, purchase, importation or transfer of handguns.
In theory, the policy is very strict. No one may own or carry a gun without showing a reason to do so. A special permit by the Interior Ministry is then required. The permit must have the approval of the police and includes information about the owner and the gun type.
Unlike in the United States, there is no right to bear arms in France. To own a gun, you first need to acquire a hunting or sporting licence, and this has to be regularly renewed and requires a psychological evaluation. Applicants with any criminal record are automatically refused.
Ukraine is the only country in Europe where firearms are not regulated by statute. Everything related to firearms is regulated by Order №622 of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. Citizens are permitted to own non-fully automatic rifles and shotguns as long as they are stored properly when not in use.
South Korean guns aren't kept at home
People must first obtain a license from police and, even with a license, can only purchase air rifles or hunting guns. When they are not in use, generally outside of hunting season, firearms must be kept at police stations. The advertising of guns and ammunition is also banned.
Please note that it is illegal for a Sweden civilian to carry a gun unless he/she provides a valid intent or purpose (usually for hunting or practicing in the shooting range). In addition, Swedish gun laws require guns to be unloaded, hidden, and supervised throughout the transporting process when transporting guns.
Knives are regulated differently in Mexico than they are in other parts of the world. For example, it is illegal to carry a knife with a blade longer than four inches. It is also illegal to carry any type of weapon, including knives, into certain public places, such as schools and government buildings.
Guns smuggled into Mexico are sometimes obtained at gunshops in the United States and carried across the US-Mexico border. In other cases the guns are obtained through Guatemalan borders or stolen from the police or military. Consequently, black market firearms are widely available.
Gun possession in Colombia is restrictive. The country's Constitution of 1991 allows civilians the right to possess and carry a gun after obtaining a license, but in recent years presidents have issued decrees severely restricting carry permits.
Firearms are federally regulated in Canada. The federal 1977 Criminal Law Amendment Act, as amended, prohibits automatic weapons and sawed-off shotguns and rifles. It is illegal for anyone, except (for the most part) the police and the military, to possess them.
A licensed owner may carry a weapon exposed (open carry) or concealed without limitation. The license must be renewed every two years and requires periodic shooting instruction and proof of proficiency. Anyone carrying a weapon must be able to present their license at any time.
Standard Issue Assault Rifle along with the M4, CAR-15, M16A1 and X95. Most of the M16A2 is firing automatic, some to custom for DMR and rest are ceremonial issues. Used in limited numbers. Variants used are Galil AR and Galil SAR.
Under the Second Amendment of the Constitution, it is legal to own and possess guns in the State of California. However, the state has the right to regulate and restrict the ownership of certain types of guns — and to certain types of people — where it believes it will benefit the safety of the people of California.
The right to keep and bear arms in the United States is protected by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. While there have been contentious debates on the nature of this right, there was a lack of clear federal court rulings defining the right until the two U.S. Supreme Court cases of District of Columbia v.
State-Level Gun Law Statistics
On the state level, seven U.S. states completely ban any open carry activity. Only eight of the 50 states require that people who own firearms register their weapons with the state. Twenty-two states in the U.S. enforce regulations known as deadly force laws.