In Hamburg, where i live, the police looks like this:
And yes, thats an MP5
Shit like this actually goes through your fucking brain?
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I can't be bothered double-checking all of this because it's a hassle to browse Japanaese websites. >>
australia has pretty draconian laws.
butterfly knives and switchblades are illegal, to own a handgun you need to have been a member of a pistol shooting club 6 months
to own a rimfire rifle, a shotgun, or even a fucking air rifle or paintball marker, you need to demonstrate "genuine reason"
for a centrefire rifle you need to prove why a rimfire is not suitable, and anything else is extremely hard to get.
even spring action BB guns that fire plastic pellets are illegal up here, fully retarded.
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You are not allowed to, without permission/license, own guns or explosives, knives or teeth, hands feet.. ok maybe you are allowed to own teeth, hands and feet, they have not gotten round to that yet. And maybe permission to own knives is implied as long as you keep them at home.
We do not in reality strictly speaking have gun laws. We have weapon laws. Weapon and Explosives obviously
This law is rather prohibitive, for example it is prohibited to 'import, export, transport, acquire, transfer ownership of, possess, carry, use, manufacture, develop or for the purposes of creation research chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear weapons' I cry myself to sleep over restrictions like that.. obviously. Or not. To be honest mostly not. WTF do they even think they have to say that explicitly for? I mean is it not obvious?
You can buy and register a shotgun at 16, (if you have attended a seminar ~ 20 hours or so regarding hunting small/big game). Hunting rifles are 18 I believe.
Non hunting weapons you have to be a member of a gun-club to own.
Also, quite a few discharged from their year of service in the army/navy/air force end up in the national guard and have semi-automatic's with ammo at home.
Precious few gun deaths in Norway, (apart from the horrendus act by Brevik).
For a hunting weapon you can apply only after you register a hunter. A "hefty" file you need to submit, if it's approved (by minister) you are limited by ammunition per rifle also by season to be used just like any other hunting or fishing.
For non-lethal guns (with rubber bulelts, gas) you need to submit a file to get the permit. Yes even for this type of guns you need and the file is a thorough one with about 8 different medical exams charts needed and a lot of other stuffs. On top of that you have to ping-pong between two insitutions, one gives you the permit and the other one gives you the paper that you can buy a weapon. The paper has a deadline, like a limit and you are required within 3 months to purchase the weapon and verify it. Cost is not that much taxes are about 100euro and the non-lethal guns go for about 200euro+.
For lethal guns you can't apply as a regular citizen. Only a selected few based on their jobs can apply for this, as policemens, judges and a few other. They are requied to have training, are issued a permit and gun, same as non-lethal guns they are required to register the gun serial no.
All this makes it that we barely have any guns on our streets, legal or non legal. For the vast majority of criminals the lethal gun is to expensive and hard to come by, so they mostly use the non-lethal ones. They can of course be lethal if you target some soft part at close range but still safer then a lethal gun.
We are at 0.7 guns per 100 residents, so when we do have a real shooting it's all over the news.
The biggest different compeer to US vs the rest of the "west" is that US are very generous how much force/violence you may use in self-defence. To actually be allow to shoot (or point a gun) in the name of self-defence in the rest of the "west" requires extreme danger, and it must be a "real" threat. That lower the cycle of violence compeer to US.
Strict gun laws here in Israel, a background check is stretched over a long time (officers who discharged with the rank of captain do not need to go through it though ), regular attendance at the shooting range is requiered and renewal of license every 3 years, you may not keep more then 50 cartridges for any given firearm in possession.