Hand gun ownership requirements in Norway: Clean wrap sheet, no documented mental issues, 18 or older, approved handgun safety course with passed theoretical and practical exam, active membership in an approved gun club. You can apply for gun purchase approval no sooner than 6 months after you pass your safety course and join a club. Practice activity is logged by the club, who also deems what's considered activity, secretary or foreman approves your applications and you hand them to the police bureaucracy for processing, which takes anywhere from 2 weeks to 3 months, depending on county. You can keep your weapons as long as you can show a minimum activity of 4 training or competition sessions per year, as well as maintaining your gun club membership. Checks for activity are scarce. Police can demand you sell your guns, or confiscate them, if you leave your club without joining another. When applying for a gun, you also state its purpose, generally in which recreation or competition class you wish to use it in, and if you have more than one gun, why you can't use the one you already have. Above a certain level of activity, you can apply for more than one gun of same calibre and usage. There are also collectors licences where, and to my knowledge, the guns are more for show than use. One of my cousins has such a licence, boasting ownership among his many possessions, of 3 1911s and 1 1914. Hunting with handguns is not permitted in Norway. For those interested in competition rules: Handguns are grouped and separated in classes. Group 1: Pistols can have a maximum size of 300 x 150 x 50 mm a maximum weight of 1,400 kg (1F) Small pistol, 22LR. (1G) Large pistol, .30 and up to maximum permitted calibre in Norway, .455. (1M) Military, from 9 mm to .455. Minimum projectile weight 100 gr, minimum factor of 120, which means projectile mass in grain x velocity fps / 1000 should be equal or higher than 120. Stock grips (1R) Revolver, from 9 mm to .455 for adults, teens can use .22. Group 2 (1S) Miniature revolver, should fit inside a box of 200 x 150 x 40 mm, weigh no more than 1,000 g (1S) Miniature pistol, should fit inside a box of 185 x 125 x 35 mm, weigh no more than 800 g Group 3 (1S) Magnum I, .357 to .40. Minimum projectile weight 140 gr, minimum factor 190 (1S) Magnum II, .41 to .505. Minimum projectile weight 210 gr, minimum factor 275 There's more to it than this in some classes, like shell length, grip shape and so on.