Thursday, December 20, 2012

To own a gun in Japan

Following on the recent instances of wild crazy shootings in the US and Norway by people allowed to own a gun, it may be of interest to know what you have to do to be permitted to own a gun in Japan.

First, you have to attend an all-day class and pass a written test, which are held only once a  month. Then you must take and pass a shooting range class. Then you must go to a hospital for a mental test and drug test, the results of which must be filed with the police. Finally, you must submit to a rigorous background check for any criminal record or association with criminal or extremist groups. Only then you will be permitted to own a shotgun or air rifle. You must tell the police exactly where you keep your gun in your home, as well as the ammo, both of which must be locked and stored separately. The police will inspect your gun every year and you must re-take the class and exam every three years.

- Rudolpho B

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