Originally Posted by Jefforaby
To my understanding, in Japan, guns are outlawed. Only police and military can have them. So the crime rates are FAR lower than US or UK.
Not crime rates involving knives. So what are you gonna do? Ban knives? In fact crimes in Japan involving knives is many times that of both the US and UK. I don't think you can attribute gun control or a gun ban to lower crime. Not at all. You can try to outlaw guns, but you have to deal with the constant blackmarket.
And no.. guns are not banned in Japan (they can only be used for sporting and hunting).
"In Japan there are many people who believe that Japanese shooters at Olympics
are policemen or soldiers of Self-Defense Force. Some other people believe
that Japanese citizen cannot own guns and people who enjoy shooting have to
rent guns at shooting range, and some other people believes that legal
gun owners must keep guns in lockers assigned for them at shooting ranges.
So, I decided to write short introductory article about gun ownership in Japan.
In Japan, the kind of guns owned by civilian are as follows.
Air Pistol (limited to 500 people for sports shooting only)
Pistol (limited to 50 people for sport shooting only)
The purpose to own guns is limited to two, i.e., hunting or sports shooting.
It means we cannot own guns for defense purpose.
The procedure to own the gun is as follows.
Of course, people who use guns in their work (policemen, soldiers, etc.)
don't have to follow the following step for guns used in the job.
The terminology about 'air gun', 'air rifle' follow Japanese custom."
That means people can still legally have two of them.