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Gun politics

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United States Gun politics fundamentally involves the politics of two related questions: Does a government have valid authority to impose regulations on guns? And, assuming such authority, should a government regulate guns and to what extent?[1] The answer to these questions and the nature of the politics varies and depends on... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Brazil. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Finland. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Mexico. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_South_Africa. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Switzerland. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ...

Gun law refers to a law that pertains to firearms. Gun laws are highly dependent on date and location, as they have changed along with developments in weapons and societies. Lady Justice or Justitia is a personification of the moral force that underlies the legal system (particularly in Western art). ... A Glock 22 hand-held firearm with internal laser sight and mounted flashlight, surrounded by hollowpoint ammunition. ...

Gun law has become a political and/or controversial issue in many societies. There are many differing views on how gun laws should be set up in a society. A typical disagreement is over whether guns should be prohibited in the interest of public safety, or whether citizen gun ownership improves safety and should be allowed.



In Australia, conflict over gun politics is related to cultural tensions. ...


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Gun politics in Canada is controversial, though less contentious than it is in the United States. ...


Chinese citizens are prohibited from owning any guns. [1]


In Finland there are over two million licensed firearms and an estimated quarter of a million unlicensed firearms. ...


Japan has strict laws, and civilians cannot own handguns. They can only own shotguns, after an intense scrutiny. [2]


The United Mexican States or Mexico (Spanish: Estados Unidos Mexicanos or México) has some of the strictest gun laws in the world. ...

Netherlands, The

Dutch gun law is typical of the Western European approach. Firearm possession is not subject to any constitutional protections, but regulated simply in the Arms and Ammunition Act (Wet Wapens en Munitie). Weapons, including firearms, are divided into four categories, and for each of the categories a certain maximum punishment is set for "voorhanden hebben" (possession), and "dragen" (carrying in public).

Only citizens who are members of hunting and shooting sports clubs may obtain licences for weapons. And even then they may only get a licence for category III weapons (sports weapons). “Hunter” redirects here. ... The shooting sports include those competitive sports involving tests of proficiency (accuracy and speed) using various types of guns such as firearms and airguns (see Archery for more information on shooting sports that make use of bows and arrows). ...

Firearm possession and use by the military and the police is not subject to Arms and Ammunition Act, but regulated separately.

Sale is only for those age 17 or over.

New Zealand

New Zealand gun law is covered by the Arms Act 1983 and the Arms Regulations 1992. In order to own a firearm, a person must obtain a firearms license. These are issued by the police and enable holders to own and use sporting rifles, shotguns and ammunition. In order to obtain a license, applicants must pass a test on 'safe and responsible firearms use, ownership, and storage'. They must also be a 'fit and proper person' to hold a license, based on a background check, and the license may be revoked for a variety of reasons. A special license is required by dealers, collectors, pistol club members, and owners of certain semi-automatics firearms. Less than 3% of all firearms owners have such endorsements and they must comply with much more stringent conditions than sporting firearms license holders. When not in use firearms must be locked in a secure rack and cabinet.[1] Walther P99, a semi-automatic pistol from the late 1990s A semi-automatic firearm is a gun that requires only a trigger pull for each round that is fired, unlike a single-action revolver, a pump-action firearm, a bolt-action firearm, or a lever-action firearm, which require the...


Gun ownership by civilians is illegal. There is, however, a private gun club where members can shoot. [3]


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South Africa

In South Africa, owning a gun is conditional on a competancy test. ...


The gun policy in Switzerland is unique in Europe. ...

United Kingdom

Gun politics in the United Kingdom, in similarity with gun politics in Australia, places its main considerations on how best to ensure public safety and how deaths involving firearms can most effectively be prevented. ...

United States of America

In the U.S., most federal gun laws are spelled out in one of the following: In the United States of America the right to bear arms is addressed in the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution. ... Many US states have legislated gun (firearm) laws, independent of existing federal firearms laws. ...

In addition to federal gun laws, most states and some local jurisdictions have imposed their own firearms restrictions. The 'right to bear arms' is a feature of the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution, and by international standards there are few restrictions on possession of firearms. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The Gun Control Act of 1968, Pub. ... The Firearm Owners Protection Act (FOPA) is a United States federal law that revised many statutes in the Gun Control Act of 1968. ... The Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act, also known as the Brady Bill, was passed by the United States Congress, signed into law by President Bill Clinton on November 30, 1993, and went into effect on February 28, 1994. ... The Omnibus Crime Control Act of 1968 gave the rules for obtaining wiretap orders in the United States. ... The right to bear arms refers to the right that individuals have to weapons. ... The Bill of Rights in the National Archives Amendment II (the Second Amendment) of the United States Constitution, which is part of the Bill of Rights, declares a well regulated militia as being necessary to the security of a free State, and prohibits Congress or any other government agency from...


  1. ^ New Zealand Council of Licensed Firearms Owners (COLFO) Guide to New Zealand firearms laws: http://www.colfo.org.nz/Reference_Library/Research/Guide_to_New_Zealand_Firearms_Laws.php

See also

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Gun Law refers to a law that pertains to firearms and weapons.
Gun laws are highly dependent on date and location, as they have changed along with developments in weapons and societies.
Gun laws in the United States are subject to being challenged in court on Second Amendment grounds.
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