How Strict Are Gun Laws Around the World?

In most countries, you can't buy a gun and groceries at the same store. Here's a look at what you have to go through to buy a firearm outside the United States.

How easy is it to buy a gun around the world?

Many citizens of the world can buy a gun in less than an hour. In some countries, the process takes months. Here are the simple steps for how most people buy a gun globally.

In the United States you can buy a gun in less than an hour by passing an instant criminal background check. In New Zealand you must pass a background check, provide character references, pass a home security inspection, take a gun safety course, wait months for approval.

In Japan, you must take a firearm class pass a written exam get a doctor’s note assuring your mental fitness apply for a training permit pass a police interview apply for a gunpowder permit pass a firing test purchase a regulation gun safe and ammunition locker pass an additional background check.

In Mexico, there is only one store to legally purchase a gun. In the United States there are over 50,000.

In Canada you must complete a gun safety course, obtain 2-character references, apply for a permit, wait 28 days, pass a background check, register your gun with the police.

In Australia you must prove that you’re actively involved in a shooting or hunting club, complete a firearm safety course, arrange regulation firearm storage, pass a background check, apply for a permit, wait at least 28 days.

In China most citizens are prohibited from keeping guns in their homes and must arrange for storage at a gun range or hunting ground.

In Germany you must join a shooting club, pass a written safety exam, arrange for regulation storage, consent to unannounced police home inspections, pass a comprehensive background check, apply for a permit.

Many countries have exceptions for specialized professions, and local laws may vary.


08/14/2019 10:28 AM


  • Guy M.
    06/22/2021 07:09

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  • Flor D.
    05/29/2021 14:30


  • Luis D.
    05/10/2021 21:18

    The US is bleeding itself in the name of the second amendment...

  • Procheto D.
    04/25/2021 19:28

    If the Republicans agree to amend the constitution on gun control , they will lose 80% of their vote banks and above all who would want to lose votes coz votes is the most precious thing .

  • Gerald J.
    04/24/2021 20:57

    Never for decades have I seen a gun in Germany, and I do not miss the mass shootings either!

  • Meherzad K.
    04/15/2021 18:27

    The cause of all evil U. S. A

  • Arnis B.
    04/15/2021 16:37

    I could care less what the rest of the world does with guns. If they want to become slaves that is their stupidity.

  • Khels E.
    04/15/2021 14:16

    Perhaps, gun permit should be given only to those who really feel their life is in danger and need protection.

  • Jane W.
    04/15/2021 14:01

    I'm really curious to find out of all these deaths how many of these guns are legal and how many of them were not

  • KC S.
    04/14/2021 17:34

    ...this ain't OTHER countries.

  • Walter H.
    04/14/2021 06:35

    Gun problems are so bad people want to migrate here by the millions every year. Idk, maybe because of freedom? BTW we are not other Countries.

  • Benjamin C.
    04/13/2021 11:46

    America should listen to some of these other Countries

  • Sandra M.
    04/13/2021 06:56

    No one can buy a gun and walk out with it in less than a hour! It takes extensive background checks and even filling out the paperwork takes a good 30 minutes then the employees need to verify all your ID and go over the application. It is then sent off to the DOJ where it takes a few hours at the bare minimum, then most states have waiting periods before you can walk out with a firearm! Stop spreading lies!! The 2nd amendment will NEVER go away!

  • David A.
    04/13/2021 06:48

    ah yes, this reminded me to get my license sorted, thanks brut!

  • Hamilton L.
    04/12/2021 23:26

    In Japan you get fined for disposing chewing gum in a public place. That is policing. If guns were a "real" concern they would have been policed properly. Americans are gung-ho, "freedom of speech", freedom of rights and freedom to be an uncontrollable country. Your country is as crazy as your last President and is in need of common-sense or rather a anti-crazy vaccine🤣🤔 (Sorry for this just stating the obvious)

  • Hamilton L.
    04/12/2021 20:08

    The wild wild West. There is no leader in your country that has the to stand up to the real powers running your country. Even your brave orange man new his place.

  • Ed R.
    04/12/2021 18:35

    What's the problem?

  • Timothy C.
    04/12/2021 18:01

    Is this what President Trump wanted for us?

  • Steve Y.
    04/12/2021 15:38

    If gun control works please explain Chicago and I have not heard on how to keep guns out of criminals hands just law abiding citizens

  • Sam F.
    04/12/2021 12:33

    Come and take'em.

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