Countries With Gun Control 2019

Gun control has always been a hotly debated issue, but many high-profile incidents involving guns have has put the topic in headlines around the world. Mass shootings have taken over the news, and it’s led many to question whether countries like the United States should implement gun control to curb down on these instances of violence.

Gun control is defined as laws and policies that regulate the manufacture, sale, transfer, possession, and use of firearms. In some nations, like the U.S., some level of gun control already exists. For example, convicted felons are not allowed to purchase or possess firearms. Each state has its own laws about carrying guns. Nations around the world have different gun control laws. Some have similar laws in place, while others are stricter. Still others may be even more lenient or have no gun control laws in place at all.

Several nations have what is known as permissive laws. This means that authorities give out licenses on a shall issue basis to anyone that meets the legal requirements of the country. There are a few countries that have permissive gun laws including:

Another category of gun control laws are restrictive. When a nation has restrictive gun control, authorities give out permits on a may issue basis. Typically, this means that any person applying for a permit or license to own a gun must demonstrate a need for owning the gun. Nations with restrictive laws include:

Other nations have very strict gun laws. This means that it is extremely difficult or even impossible to receive a gun legally. Nations with strict gun control include:

Rank Flag Name Population 2019 Area Area (mi²) % of Earth's Area Growth Rate Region Subregion
1United States329,064,9179,372,610 km²3,617,827 mi²6.31%0.60%AmericasNorthern America
2Pakistan216,565,318881,912 km²340,418 mi²0.59%2.04%AsiaSouthern Asia
3Nigeria200,963,599923,768 km²356,574 mi²0.62%2.60%AfricaWestern Africa
4Philippines108,116,615342,353 km²132,148 mi²0.23%1.37%AsiaSouth-Eastern Asia
5Tanzania58,005,463945,087 km²364,804 mi²0.64%3.00%AfricaEastern Africa
6Yemen29,161,922527,968 km²203,796 mi²0.36%2.33%AsiaWestern Asia
7Zambia17,861,030752,612 km²290,508 mi²0.51%2.94%AfricaEastern Africa
8Senegal16,296,364196,722 km²75,935 mi²0.13%2.79%AfricaWestern Africa
9Chad15,946,8761,284,000 km²495,624 mi²0.86%3.03%AfricaMiddle Africa
10Honduras9,746,117112,492 km²43,422 mi²< 0.1%1.65%AmericasCentral America
11Austria8,955,10283,871 km²32,374 mi²< 0.1%0.72%EuropeWestern Europe
12Albania2,880,91728,748 km²11,097 mi²< 0.1%-0.06%EuropeSouthern Europe
13Namibia2,494,530825,615 km²318,687 mi²0.56%1.89%AfricaSouthern Africa
14Micronesia113,815702 km²271 mi²< 0.1%1.04%OceaniaMicronesia