In recent years, gun control 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. 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 sell, 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.
The United States has the highest rate of gun ownership, with 120.5 civilians firearms per 100 people. That means that there are more guns in the United States than there are people. In the U.S., guns are regulated at the state level, so gun laws vary considerably between states.
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: