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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  • Josh W.
    08/14/2019 12:09

  • Patricia B.
    08/14/2019 12:21

    Mexico is on of the biggest gun running countries even with their laws

  • Hetzel K.
    08/14/2019 12:46


  • Anum A.
    08/14/2019 12:47

    Oh come on USA isn't like other countries. Its the largest war mongering oops i mean humanitarian, defender of peace, weapon manufacturing country. The economy of this war mongering invader sorry sorry i mean defenders of justice (as they love to call themselves) runs on the trade of weapons of mass destruction. Well i hope USA never changes its gun laws. Its not fair that only INNOCENT people of other countries have to feel n live with the loss of their loved ones. Its only fair that Citizens of USA should get a taste of their medicine too. So thoughts n prayers that nothing changes for you guys. U invade other countries in the name of saving them n yet you can't even protect your OWN ppl from your OWN weapons.

  • Merri F.
    08/14/2019 13:18

    Mexico was a bad example. The drug cartels are very well armed and kill many Mexican citizens.

  • Brut
    08/14/2019 13:29

    Gun laws vary drastically from state to state. See which ones make it easier — or harder — to buy a gun.

  • Truus Z.
    08/14/2019 14:35

    He is an idiot

  • David F.
    08/14/2019 14:36

    It should be easier

  • Mel O.
    08/14/2019 14:41

    How is it that the rest of the world agrees that guns are the means and tools of crime and murder and only the Americans think they are safe? How is it that so far, more than 95% of the mass killings were carried out by the ''good guys'' with a gun, members of the nra? If guns are not meant for killing only, then why the army as a whole don't give up their guns and go to war armed only with a knife? (I know they also carry a knife BUT, which one do they depend on heavily? The gun or the knife?). Unless this country is at war with itself, why do people need to have guns? A total of 250,000,000 of them!! More guns than 25% of the global armies own. You hardly hear a ''good guy'' with a gun was saved by a gun but, how often do we hear the ''bad guy'' with a gun killed 50, 22, 32, 17, ...and injured more than 500, 58, 72, ... nra and gun cartel don't care about second amendment. They care about profits and they bank on your stupidity. So far, they have been very successful. So, remain stupid, kill yourselves by more than 30,000 a year so they live better. Makes a lot of sense doesn't it?

  • Sharon A.
    08/14/2019 15:33

    It's very thorough in Canada as well when you try to get a firearms license. Not as strict as Japan, but thorough.

  • Bobby B.
    08/14/2019 18:27

    Groceries and guns at the same store prevents shootings due to people being hangry

  • Bill C.
    08/14/2019 21:50

    Of the countries shown, how many have in their constitution that the federal government cannot infringe on a citizens right to keep and bear arms?

  • عبدالعزيز ب.
    08/14/2019 22:40

    If the low give you a tool to kill you must be on targit in the seen

  • Marc C.
    08/14/2019 23:18

    Enough said

  • Dillon B.
    08/15/2019 00:02

    It’s too difficult to buy one here. We need more freedom and less government.

  • Mauricio A.
    08/15/2019 01:08

    Too late for gun control here! Time for concealed carry! Or if you're waiting for the police you're waiting too long. Way to stop the bad guy with the gun is with a good guy with the gun. Getting mine this week thank God I live in Texas.

  • Charlotte C.
    08/15/2019 01:56

    This issue alone has proven that we dont live in a country that is run by the people.

  • Do Y.
    08/15/2019 02:38

    Failed to mention that 17k of those deaths are suicides, 9k are gang members, and 500k to 2mill are defensive uses of guns. Buyback program only gets 10k guns? That's cute...US has millions in circulation. But go ahead, force a buyback and see how well that turns out for you. Molon Labe

  • Isaiah E.
    08/15/2019 03:48

    Lmao they actually used Mexico in the video😂😂😂... how about using correct stats also... guns are not the problem.

  • Yolanda C.
    08/15/2019 04:05

    Ban assault weapons