Countries Where Guns Are Illegal 2019

In recent years, the right to own a gun has been a major debate in countries like the United States. Rising gun violence – particularly with mass shootings and school shootings – has led many people to believe that gun control laws should be tightened. Some citizens have even argued to make guns illegal.

No matter which side of the argument you’re on, there are some countries where guns are illegal. In fact, many nations have what is known as restrictive policies surrounding guns – i.e., laws that make it difficult or impossible for your everyday citizen to sale, own, transfer, or possess a gun. Other nations are permissive, which means that a firearm license will be issued to citizens who meet legal requirements.

Today, we’ll focus on the nations around the world where restrictive policies are in place that make it illegal or extremely difficult for ordinary citizens to own a gun. Those nations are:

China - Restricted Eritrea – Banned India – Restricted Indonesia – Restricted Iran – Restricted Japan – Restricted Lebanon – Restricted Malaysia – Restricted North Korea – Banned Singapore – Restricted Taiwan – Restricted Venezuela – Restricted Vietnam – Restricted

Rank Flag Name Population 2019 Area Area (mi²) % of Earth's Area Growth Rate Region Subregion
1China1,433,783,6869,706,961 km²3,746,887 mi²6.54%0.43%AsiaEastern Asia
2India1,366,417,7543,287,590 km²1,269,010 mi²2.21%1.02%AsiaSouthern Asia
3Indonesia270,625,5681,904,569 km²735,164 mi²1.28%1.10%AsiaSouth-Eastern Asia
4Japan126,860,301377,930 km²145,881 mi²0.25%-0.27%AsiaEastern Asia
5Vietnam96,462,106331,212 km²127,848 mi²0.22%0.96%AsiaSouth-Eastern Asia
6Iran82,913,9061,648,195 km²636,203 mi²1.11%1.36%AsiaSouthern Asia
7Malaysia31,949,777330,803 km²127,690 mi²0.22%1.34%AsiaSouth-Eastern Asia
8Venezuela28,515,829916,445 km²353,748 mi²0.62%-1.29%AmericasSouth America
9North Korea25,666,161120,538 km²46,528 mi²< 0.1%0.46%AsiaEastern Asia
10Taiwan23,773,87636,193 km²13,970 mi²< 0.1%0.20%AsiaEastern Asia
11Lebanon6,855,71310,452 km²4,034 mi²< 0.1%-0.05%AsiaWestern Asia
12Singapore5,804,337710 km²274 mi²< 0.1%0.81%AsiaSouth-Eastern Asia
13Eritrea3,497,117117,600 km²45,394 mi²< 0.1%1.28%AfricaEastern Africa