Every nation has its own laws and restrictions regarding guns and assault weapons. The United States is no exception. Click through the 10 countries which have attempted to enact assault weapons bans. They may not have succeeded, but at least some of them have tried. Precautions should always be taken to protect our families and our loved ones from harm.
1. The United States of America
Senator Diane Feinstein announced she’d like to introduce a Federal assault weapons ban bill in the U.S. Senate after the 2012 deadly Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting that left 28 people dead, including 20 children and the gunman. The bill as of January 25, 2013 has a provision where the sunset clause, which was part of the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban, will be eliminated and will be directed at firearms with detachable magazines and at least one single military feature.
Gun Homicides per year: 9470
In Australia, people are not allowed to possess automatic or semi-automatic firearms. Neither are they allowed self-loading and pump action shot guns. They are, however, allowed to use a gun for self-defense, but self-defense is not sufficient grounds to be granted a license. Interestingly enough, hunters in Australia are allowed to obtain a license at the age of 10.
Gun homicides per year: 286
3. Costa Rica
Two years ago, 32 women, 48 children and 172 men were killed by firearms in Costa Rica. Those statistics glow from backlit posters on Avenida Escazú, southwest of the capital, and overlook highways in Curridabat, east of the city, emblazoned on giant billboards.
The goal of Costa Rica’s gun prohibition laws is to inform people that firearms in general have a negative effect. The focus remains on protecting the families.
The reforms currently are facing a vote in the Legislative Assembly. If passed, the changes would allow only one gun per home, prohibit the carrying of a firearm in a bar or school, blacklist anyone with a history of domestic violence from owning a gun and raise the penalty for owning an illegal firearm to up to eight years in prison.
Gun Homicides Per Year: 371
4. United Kingdom
In 2011, the U.K. experienced 0.07 gun homicides per 100,000 people; the U.S., by contrast, had 3 gun homicides for every 100,000. In 2009 there were 138 gun deaths in the U.K, where there are 6.7 guns for every 100 people.
One reason for excellent statistics is the U.K.’s strict gun laws. According to an English rifle and gun club legal center, any person possessing a firearm in the U.K. must posses a Shotgun Certificate or a Firearm Certificate. No exceptions!
Pepper spray, semi-automatic, Machine Guns, and pump-action rifles, and any firearm that has a barrel less than 30 centimeters in length are banned. The only type of firearm that can be owned legally are shotguns, black powder weapons, manually-loaded cartridge pistols and manually-loaded center-fire rifles.
To gain a firearm certificate, applicants must be over age 14, and must show they have acceptable security and “good reason” to own a rifle. Applicants must declare all criminal convictions and name two references to support the application. Applications must be renewed every five years.
Canada has an exceptionally low gun casualty statistics, in comparison to the United States. In 2009, there were 0.5 deaths per 100,000 from gun homicide — only 173 people. Still, the ownership is comparatively high — there are still 23.8 firearms per 100 people.
There is no legal right to possess arms in Canada. It takes about 60 days to buy a gun in Canada, and there is mandatory licensing for gun owners. Gun owners going for a license must have third-party references, take a safety training course and pass a background check with a focus on mental, criminal as well as any addiction histories.
Licensing agents are required to advise an applicant’s spouse or next-of-kin prior to granting a license, and licenses are denied to applicants with any past history of domestic violence.