Gun Control A La Carte

Dear America. Since the conversation around gun control has been dumbed-down to no restrictions verses banning all guns, we should study how other countries handle this issue with similar mental and social issues as the United States. Call this “Gun Control A La Carte” and look for 2-3 examples you can support that supports your ideology (LITMUS TEST: If you can’t find any, you are part of the problem). The 2nd Amendment does not fully absolve gun restrictions, so most of these examples support your right to own.

  1. ISRAEL: Gun applicants must undergo police and medical screenings.
  2. ISRAEL: Gun permits must be reapplied for every three years or you lose your weapon.
  3. ISRAEL: Soldiers must return any assault rifle when they are done serving in the military. Private citizens cannot own assault rifles.
  4. ISRAEL: You have to file for a special permit to own a gun showing some sort of specific need.
  5. ISRAEL: You are required to take several hours of gun safety classes every three years.
  6. ISRAEL: Owning a gun automatically deprives your right to privacy and authorities look for new information about gun owners that are warning flags for mis-use.
  7. GERMANY: You must obtain a firearms ownership license before purchase. Licenses include checking for alcohol, drug, mental illness, and any other self-impairment issues.
  8. GERMANY: You must apply for a different license for each weapon you buy.
  9. GERMANY: Applicants under 25 must pass a “specialized knowledge test” on guns and must go through a psychiatric evaluation.
  10. GERMANY: Semiautomatic firearms are banned for anything other than hunting or competitive shooting.
  11. GERMANY: Police at any time are able to enter private residences and check to make sure weapons are properly locked up.
  12. SWITZERLAND: When transferring guns from private party to private party (including family) a contract must be completed and kept on file for 10 years.
  13. SWITZERLAND: Only firearms sold without a permit are single-shot and multi-barreled hunting rifles and replicas of single-shot muzzle loaders.
  14. SWITZERLAND: To buy ammo you must present a weapon acquisition permit not older than two years to the dealer (including weapons not needing a permit).
  15. SWITZERLAND: Any ammunition for handguns with deformation effects is banned.
  16. SWITZERLAND: Residents must apply for, receive, and carry a specific gun carrying permit when taking weapons into public.
  17. SWITZERLAND: To receive a carry permit one must state plausibly the need to carry firearms to protect oneself, other people, or real property from a specified danger.
  18. SWITZERLAND: Public carry permit applicants must pass an examination proving both weapon handling skills and knowledge regarding lawful use of the weapon.
  19. SWITZERLAND: To transport a gun for hunting or sport, the ammunition must be separated from the gun, no ammunition in a magazine, and the transport needs to be as direct as possible and needs a valid purpose.
  20. SWITZERLAND: Only specialist militia members (who protect airports and other sites of particular sensitivity) are permitted to keep their military-issued ammunition at home.
  21. SERBIA: Applicants for a gun owner’s license are required to establish a genuine reason to possess a firearm (ie self-defense, hunting, target shooting, collection, and certain employment-related reasons).
  22. SERBIA: gun owners must re-apply and re-qualify for their firearm license every five years.
  23. SERBIA: Every applicant for a firearm license must pass a background check which looks at criminal, medical and other various metrics.
  24. SERBIA: A record of the acquisition, possession and transfer of each privately held firearm needs to be registered.
  25. SERBIA: Licensed gun makers are required to keep a record of each firearm produced which can be inspection by a regulating authority at will.
  26. SERBIA: Permits must be carried with any gun in public places.
  27. NORWAY: High powered handguns are illegal.
  28. NORWAY: Owning a firearm relies on the purchaser to show some level of justification for use.
  29. NORWAY: Every firearm needs documentation and registration.
  30. NORWAY: Applicants must be 21 years of age to own any handgun.
  31. NORWAY: To own a hunting weapon an applicant must complete a 30-hour, 9-session course and pass a written multiple-choice exam (amazing and true).
  32. NORWAY: Gun licenses and permits must be renewed every year.
  33. NORWAY: Firearms, or a vital part of it, must be securely locked away. This means an approved gun safe, securely bolted to a non-removable part of the house.
  34. NORWAY: Police are allowed to make a home inspection of the locked up safe. An inspection must be announced 48 hours in advance, and the police are only allowed to see the safe, and make sure it is legally installed.
  35. NORWAY: Only 10,000 rounds of ammunition can be stored by a single person and it must be locked up.
  36. NORWAY: During transportation, the weapon must be empty and concealed, but not worn on the body, and under the constant supervision of the owner.
  37. FRANCE: To own a gun, you need a hunting or sporting license which needs to be repeatedly renewed and requires a psychological evaluation.
  38. FRANCE: Gun owners must pass three shooting sessions with an instructor and have a medical certificate.
  39. FRANCE: Gun owners receive a five-year authorization for purchase and ownership which must be renewed.
  40. FRANCE: Strict rules on civilians carrying weapons need a special form for a one year carry license, only if they are “exposed to exceptional risks to their life.”

Gun Stats By Country

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