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
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  • Jerry W.
    03/16/2020 12:28

    You cant just buy a gun in an hour anywhere in the USA. Let's clear that up right from the start of this trash news article.

  • Johnny K.
    03/16/2020 08:25

    Moar gunz s4v3s life 1!!!11!!1!1 *aherk*

  • Kenny B.
    03/16/2020 03:13

    An that why we are the usa an not them.thank god we are

  • Lindsey T.
    03/16/2020 02:11

    So you're saying as bad as America may be many other countries suck much worse.

  • Raymond J.
    03/16/2020 01:53

    Might want to fact-check me on this Britain or England not sure which one band guns then they had a knife buyback program because everybody was being stabbed you can't legislate evil out of people doesn't matter the weapon more people are bludgeoned to death every year with a hammer then I shot with a gun there's no background check at home Depot just saying

  • James P.
    03/15/2020 20:51

    An hour is too long.....need to bump that down to around 10 minutes.

  • Brian W.
    03/15/2020 19:15

    Not in Illinois. Sure you can buy a gun in less than an hour, but there's a week wait before you can take possession of it

  • Marco T.
    03/15/2020 05:27

    You’ll never stop violence no matter what you do

  • Dana C.
    03/15/2020 03:22

    Better fact check this

  • Howard A.
    03/15/2020 02:01

    Good. That’s one of the many things that makes our country great!!! Even the founding fathers were against the government taking too much control INCLUDING OUR GUNS.

  • Robert H.
    03/14/2020 22:46

    We are America! with the 2nd amendment to protect us! And for a reason! Do not care what other countries do! We are better off with them than with out them! Law abiding gun owners save 2 million lives a year! Vote red!!!

  • Christopher B.
    03/14/2020 21:54

    More then half of those 30000 gun deaths are suicide to Japans 10 gun deaths wow! Is that a true apples to apples? No its not. Japan has higher suicide rate then the USA they just don't use guns. Ive heard if it saves one life we have to do something. Well it has saved one life, but its not gun bans. Guns are used 500,000 to over 1,000,000 times a year to protect peoples lives. That's without a shot fired in the USA. FBI stitics if you want to look. 600,000 people die a year to being over weight, ban forks! It also puts you at higher risk of dying or having serious problems if you cauch Covid19! Quick to the fork ban. If you would trade freedom for security you don't deserve freedom or security.

  • Lourdes R.
    03/14/2020 11:25

    The huge difference unfortunately is: It won’t happen in the USA. Maybe, the AK-47 but that’s it😢

  • Brian P.
    03/13/2020 18:25

    This is sickening. An hour to buy a gun. It should take 5 minutes or less! Who wants to wait a whole hour?

  • Mark G.
    03/13/2020 16:17

    Watching Chinese folks doors and entrances being welded shut in China is why we as people should be allowed weapons to take on the government

  • Cruz C.
    03/13/2020 13:27

    México, solo tiene 1 tienda legal y lo comparan con USA que tiene mas de 50,000, pero no mencionan que en México, hasta en la tortilleria te venden pistolas jajajajaj

  • Dave E.
    03/13/2020 08:02

  • Mark B.
    03/13/2020 04:31

    How is gun control working for Chicago 😎 Brut has an agenda in most of their posts

  • Thaddeus F.
    03/13/2020 02:32

    Check this

  • Scott M.
    03/13/2020 01:42

    A Little Gun History Lesson * In 1929, the Soviet Union established gun control. From 1929 to 1953, about 20 million dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated. This doesn't include the 30 million 'Uncle Joe' starved to death in the Ukraine. * In 1911, Turkey established gun control. From 1915 to 1917, 1.5 million Armenians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated. * Germany established gun control in 1938 and from 1939 to 1945, leaving a populace unable to defend itself against the Gestapo and SS. Hundreds of thousands died as a result. * China established gun control in 1935. From 1948 to 1952, 20 million political dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated. * Guatemala established gun control in 1964. From 1964 to 1981, 100,000 Mayan Indians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated. * Uganda established gun control in 1970. From 1971 to 1979, 300,000 Christians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated. The total dead are said to be 2-3 million. * Cambodia established gun control in 1956. From 1975 to 1977, 1-2 million 'educated' people, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated. You won't see this data on the US evening news, or hear politicians disseminating this information. Guns in the hands of honest citizens save lives and property and, yes, gun-control laws adversely affect only the law-abiding citizens. Take note my fellow Americans, before it's too late. The next time someone talks in favor of gun control, please remind him of this history lesson. With Guns...........We Are "Citizens". Without Them........We Are "Subjects". During W.W.II the Japanese decided not to invade America because they knew most Americans were ARMED. Note: Admiral Yamamoto who crafted the attack on Pearl Harbor had attended Harvard University 1919-1921 & was Naval Attaché to the U. S. 1925-28. Most of our Navy was destroyed at Pearl Harbor and our Army had been deprived of funding and was ill prepared to defend the country. It was reported that when asked why Japan did not follow up the Pearl Harbor attack with an invasion of the U. S. Mainland, his reply was that he had lived in the U. S. and knew that almost all households had guns. Leading US Killers Annual deaths from heart disease based on CDC data: 597,689 Cancer deaths from CDC data: 574,743 Chronic lower respiratory diseases (CDC): 138,080 Stroke deaths (CDC): 129,476 Deaths from accidents, unintentional injuries (CDC): 120,859 Alzheimer’s disease deaths per year (CDC): 83,494 Diabetes (CDC): 69,071 Influenza deaths each year (CDC): 50,097 Suicide deaths (CDC): 38,364 Overall weapons deaths (2009 FBI): 13,636 Overall firearm deaths (2009 FBI): 9,146 Of the 9,146 firearm deaths: 6,452 were from hanguns 348 from rifles 418 from shotguns 94 from other guns 1,834 from unknown guns Knives and cutting tools accounted for 1,825 deaths in 2009, 1,477 more than rifles Clubs, hammers, and other blunt objects totaled 611 in 2009, 263 more than rifles Hands, fists, and feet killed 801 in 2009, 453 more than rifles A hammer is usually seen as a tool used in construction, home improvement, or other constructive tasks. A knife is seen mainly as a kitchen instrument. A gun, on the other hand, is oftentimes portrayed as a weapon of non-defense murder as a opposed to a weapon used in the defense of self, family, and innocents. Notice that both purposes are utilized with all of these ‘tools’, it is simply in the perception of what they are that changes. The perception that is created through hysterical mainstream media reports that highlight isolated cases of mass shootings and other events. If you value your freedom, please spread this anti-gun control message to all your friends. Back to Weapons Page Back to Home Page