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Old 11-28-2014, 07:57 AM
 
Location: Hong Kong / Vienna
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It's illegal to own a gun in Germany.
Well, you can obtain a Jagdschein or a Waffenschein. Then you are allowed to own a gun. The latter is fairly hard to get, though.
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Old 11-28-2014, 08:19 AM
 
Location: American Expat
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Well, you can obtain a Jagdschein or a Waffenschein. Then you are allowed to own a gun. The latter is fairly hard to get, though.
From what I understand, that's only for police or security people etc.
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Old 11-28-2014, 08:44 AM
 
Location: Hong Kong / Vienna
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From what I understand, that's only for police or security people etc.
Actually, I made a mistake.

Firstly, there are Waffenbesitzkarten and Waffenscheine/Jagdscheine.

A Waffenbesitzkarte entitles you to own a gun. In order to get one, they conduct a background check, you have to prove that you can handle a gun (courses, ...) and you have to proof that you really need a gun (collecting, hunting, sports or because of your job/other circumstances).

A Waffenschein entitles you to carry your gun. Same criteria as above but stricter and you have to prove that you are more in danger of an attack than the average citizen ("Dazu muss man glaubhaft machen, dass man wesentlich mehr als die Allgemeinheit durch Angriffe auf seinen Leib und sein Leben gefährdet ist und dies durch das Führen einer Waffe verringert werden kann.").
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Old 11-28-2014, 08:56 AM
 
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In Portugal, just like other countries, it's perfectly legal to own guns, anyone can apply for a permit, but it's really not a big cultural thing there. It's actually not that uncommon for some people to own guns for hunting purposes, but that's about it, and those that do, like others have already said, tend to own more than one, usually several, but there's really not a big gun culture there.
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Old 11-28-2014, 08:56 AM
 
Location: South Sweden
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Illegal to own a gun in Germany? What about hunters? Here in Sweden, gun owners are almost exclusively hunters, and a few people who takes part in shooting sports. You can't buy or own a gun just cause you like it or cause you want to defend yourself.

However as there are many hunters in Sweden, there are many gun owners. We also have quite plenty German hunting tourists who comes here to hunt moose and bear, so they must have obtained their guns in some way.
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Old 11-28-2014, 09:41 AM
 
Location: Nice, France
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French here and I'll say the same as the others.

The only (very few) people I've ever known to have a fire weapon actually have rifles (sorry if that's the wrong word, I mean the long type of thing that only has two bullets) and it's for hunting which is regulated as it is everywhere -I think : season of reproduction, locations where it's allowed, etc.

One exception (again extremely rare, but because it's so expensive and a rare hobby) would be "collection" history guns that probably wouldn't touch an elephant in a corridor, since they haven't been fired for centuries or family memorabilia, again old and unused/mainly unusable weapons.

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Old 11-28-2014, 09:54 AM
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Location: Western Massachusetts
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And of course, in the US most gun owners own multiple guns

Analysis: Fewer U.S. gun owners own more guns - CNN.com

32% of households have a gun. And a household usually has multiple people, so members don't own the gun.
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Old 11-28-2014, 12:05 PM
 
Location: East of the Sun, West of the Moon
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A good friend of mine has several rifles: a ruger .22, a lever action Henry .22, a .30-06, an SKS (7.62), a Garand, and black powder musket. He also has some shotguns: A Mossberg 500, a Remington 870, and some kind of over under that shoots .22 and 20 gauge shot. He has one handgun that I know of, a .357 revolver.

He is a political liberal with libertarian leanings and a pacifist. His range of weapons reflects gifts from his family, his interest in historical firearms, and his desire to be able to hunt as many 'seasons', which have gun specific regulations, as he can or wants to.

I consider him pretty typical for an American gun enthusiast.
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Old 11-28-2014, 06:40 PM
 
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lol entire eastern europe + china has almost no guns.


This map shows how "secure" the West is (the quotation marks weren't random...).
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Old 11-29-2014, 03:50 AM
 
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lol entire eastern europe + china has almost no guns.


This map shows how "secure" the West is (the quotation marks weren't random...).
And for the good, because if we had guns we would kill each other.

I think countries with strict gun ownership policies probably have them for a reason, ha.
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