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Tarwater
June 14, 2006, 12:28 AM
Just out of curiosity, what other countries out there have a right to firearms similar to America? I was thinking about it just now, and I can't come up with a single country I know of that allows their citizens to own guns. Please, tell me I'm wrong.

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browningguy
June 14, 2006, 12:34 AM
Many European countries allow private ownership, of course they usually have a lot more restrictions that our Federal laws. The US is about the last free nation (excepting the serfs living in Cali and a few other states) though, many of the other countries I visit have laws on how many firearms you can own, how many cartidges at one time, amount of reloading supplies etc. France for example outlaws ownership of any "military" caliber, this means 7x57, .308, 30-06 as examples. Of course you can still have a .280 Rem or a 300 Win Mag, how silly is that?

bigun15
June 14, 2006, 12:50 AM
I've heard Scotland is pretty relaxed on the gun laws.

DoubleTapDrew
June 14, 2006, 02:13 AM
Just out of curiosity, what other countries out there have a right to firearms similar to America? I was thinking about it just now, and I can't come up with a single country I know of that allows their citizens to own guns. Please, tell me I'm wrong.

You aren't wrong. There aren't any that have similar rights. However if we don't stick to our roots and insist on those freedoms we will become more like those other countries.
As far as just being able to posess guns, I believe Sweeden (one of those S-countries) allows one full auto rifle per household (after they do their time in the military, of course).

mp510
June 14, 2006, 01:29 PM
Switzerland is very gun friendly. Scandanavia is relatively friendly, and Europe is generally friendlier than the states when it cocmes to suppressors. Israel has a lot of private small arms ownership. Canada could be a lot worse, as could Mexico. Many central american countries are pretty good, and I have heard good things about Argentina too. Brazil has restrictions, and lots of them.

Oleg Volk
June 14, 2006, 01:33 PM
Slovakia, Estonia and Czechia seem to have fairly liberal laws.

Hkmp5sd
June 14, 2006, 01:43 PM
Russian laws are pretty odd. You can own smoothbore handguns/longguns as long as they are not of military caliber. If you are good for 5 years, you can have a rifle for hunting purposes, again not of a military caliber, with a maximum limit of 5 rifles per person. They also have the ever poplular 10-round magazine capacity.

The Viking
June 14, 2006, 01:52 PM
As far as just being able to posess guns, I believe Sweeden (one of those S-countries) allows one full auto rifle per household (after they do their time in the military, of course).
Could be either Switzerland or Sweden. Its quite easy to get an AK4 here, as long as you have done military service. No need to keep it locked up, though I believe you must store it, or a vital part of it, in a safe manner...oh, and you don't get any ammo for it anymore (And its sooooo hard to get hold of .308 Winchester :neener: )

Scandanavia is relatively friendly, and Europe is generally friendlier than the states when it cocmes to suppressors.
Generally speaking, Norway and Finland are better of than Sweden and Denmark, although us swedes are a bit better of than the danes, I believe they have a couple of restrictions on handgun calibers etc.)
Suppressors are OTC in Finland, AFAIK :D.
New BP-guns requires a license here (and soon one won't be able to store the blackpowder at home :fire: :cuss: :fire: :cuss: ). One authority has decided its to much of a fire hazard...IOW, soon you won't be able to store more than two kilograms (appr. 4.5 lbs) of smokeless powder, so ya gotta keep track of how much gun powder your ammo contains - yes, its not "all the ammo you can fit into your locker, and two extra kilograms of gunpowder", its two kilograms in total :fire: :cuss:...

Cromlech
June 14, 2006, 02:07 PM
bigun15 wrote: I've heard Scotland is pretty relaxed on the gun laws.

Erm . . . what? (!) :what:

cbsbyte
June 14, 2006, 02:38 PM
Sorry but Israel has very strict gun laws. Though they do allow there citizens who have served in the police or military to own firearms. http://www.jpfo.org/israel-firearms.htm

Both the Phillipines and Brazil have liberal gun laws. Though I believe the amount of ammo one can own is heavly restricted.

Central and South American countries seem to be more tolerent of people owning firearms, than many parts of the world, it seems they do some very restrictive measures on gun ownership, which most people don't seem to pay attention too.

Phetro
June 14, 2006, 03:10 PM
Both the Phillipines and Brazil have liberal gun laws.

In the case of the Phillipines, the "liberal" laws are only "liberal" in the sense that "democrats" mean it: communistic. Carry was completely banned there in 2003 I believe (might have been 2002).

Igloodude
June 14, 2006, 03:43 PM
I've heard Scotland is pretty relaxed on the gun laws.

The same Scotland that is in the middle of a "knife amnesty" turn-in? :scrutiny:

leadcounsel
June 14, 2006, 03:53 PM
I lived in Scotland in 1995, just before the Dunblane shooting.

Scotland falls under British rule. At the time the ONLY gun ownership were licensed sporting rifles mandatorily kept AT the hunting lodges or in some other armory NOT in private citizens home.

After the Dunblane school shooting in 1995 or 1996 nearly ALL private gun ownership in Britain was eliminated.

I have friends (including a DEA type agent) there that reliably inform me that it would be nearly impossible for a private citizen to own a firearm. I wanted to buy an Enfield for one of my friends to take back but he couldn't even take an Enfield back with him.

I'm dating a Russian woman here and she has a gun and loves to shoot. However, she says that in Russia gun ownership is very strict and limited for common people. Common citizens need a special permit and the firearms available to them are very limited if they can get a permit. Russia is very corrupt so getting a permit generally requires greasing the right palms. Otherwise it is illegal to own firearms for citizens in Russia, generally speaking.

bigun15
June 14, 2006, 04:03 PM
Sorry about my last post. I was mixed up with the S-country like a couple others. I think the one I meant to say was Switzerland because anyone who had been in the military was allowed to keep a full auto in their house.

Switzerland, Scotland, Sweeden, Scandanavia, whatever...

M67
June 14, 2006, 04:29 PM
bigun15, those Swiss you're refering to aren't allowed to keep a full auto in the house. They are required to keep their personal (government issue) service rifle at home with the rest of their military gear (uniform, little red pocket knife etc). As part of their mandatory service in the reserves. Just like parts of the military reserve in several other European countries. Those same countries tend to allow civilian gun ownership as well, but there is a difference.

Switzerland, Scotland, Sweeden, Scandanavia, whatever... I know what you mean. I tend to get those unions of states all mixed up. Estados Unidos Mexicanos, Estados Unidos de América. Ah, who cares, they're all foreigners anyway. :D

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