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15 Countries with the Strictest Gun Laws in the World

Americans love their guns, but not every citizen around the world has the luxury for such love, as is evident with these countries with the strictest gun laws in the world. 

Like any logical argument, there are two sides to the issue of gun control as well. Governments perceive, if they can limit the number of guns in the hands of civilians, they can limit violence to a degree. However, the pro-gun school of thought dictates gun ownership itself acts as a violence deterrent. People have become so intrigued with the idea of owning a gun, they’ll attempt to find any way to make their own, if there were problems with being able to purchase one. The 3D printed gun schematics are available all over the internet, and a mere amateur with access to the internet and a 3D printer can now own a gun if they wish. Guns are mere tools, and the person wielding it is the source of violence not the gun. However, the statistics show that countries with gun bans and their crime rates have a positive correlation. The stricter the country is about controlling guns, the less gun violence they have. Japan is a prime example of this, with only 0.6 guns per 100 inhabitants, and the gun related violence in Japan is almost nonexistent. Japan gun laws are quite interesting to tool at too. The government of Japan allows civilians to own guns, but on the other hand, the process is extremely discouraging and difficult to pursue for an individual. Basically you need a license for anything and everything pertaining to gun ownership in Japan. In contrast, if we compare countries with gun control vs countries without, and the latter represented by the United States, then the image becomes clearer. There are about 112.6 guns per 100 inhabitants in the U.S. and the rate of gun violence is very high in the country, which is pretty obvious.

15 Countries with the Strictest Gun Laws in the World

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We are not saying that countries that don’t allow guns do not have to suffer from violence though. Frankly speaking, violence tends to find a way wherever we humans are, and in those countries it just takes a different form. To be honest, there is no country that bans gun ownership in its entirety. There is also no such thing as countries with no gun laws, and some countries have a stricter approach towards gun control than others. If you are a pro-gun person and would like to know which are the best countries for gun owners, then you would find this article on the 11 Countries with the Best Gun Laws in the World very interesting. If you are an American, then perhaps the 15 States with Easiest, Least Restrictive Gun Laws in America would interest you even more.

In this article, we will basically discuss the list of countries with gun controlwe already mentioned Japan, but quite a few other countries made our list as well. Countries like South Korea, Netherlands, and Ireland are prime examples. To come up with a ranking method we chose the number of guns per 100 residents. The lower the number, the higher a country has been placed on the list. We of course had to consult several websites to come up with our list. We primarily used the report published by Small Arms Survey and Gun Policy. We also employed the help of Google’s search engine to inquire further into the matter. One thing to note here is that, we will be sticking to only developed countries for this list. As only in the developed countries the gun laws can be enforced to its maximum degree. We excluded the underdeveloped countries from the list because we are talking about gun laws and not just sole number of gun owners. In underdeveloped countries, enforcing gun laws is way down in the list of priorities for the government.

Let’s dive right into our list of 15 countries with the strictest gun laws in the world.

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