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How are European or other developed nations different than USA when it comes to gun control?

Asked by imrainmaker (8347points) February 26th, 2018

I don’t see this issue of mass shootings in other countries. What are the laws pertaining to this? How are they dealing with it?

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MrGrimm888's avatar

In my state (it’s different in each state) you can buy “long guns,” at 18, with a NICS background check. At 21, you can buy handguns, and most others. Again, with a background check.

Yes. An AR-15, is considered a “long gun.”

No increased scrutiny for large purchase.Really. You can buy 100 assault rifles, and 100,000 rounds of ammunition, and no additional attention would be focused on you.

At some gun shows, no background check is required.

You need an FFL (federal firearms license) to sell them. But. There are no laws on private sales. So. If I met a stranger at a shooting range, and he said “nice gun, can I buy it from you?” I can sell it to him legally. No background check required.

Guns have serial numbers, but it is up to the owner to keep track of the number. So. If a gun was found at the scene of a crime, there’s not really a way to track it to it’s owner.

There are no restrictions on ammo, except that you have to be 18 to buy rifle/shotgun ammo, and 21 to buy handgun ammo.

There are a large amount of aftermarket parts, upgrades available, that require no background check. Large capacity magazines are easy to find, for many weapons that have an external magazine.

THE single biggest problem is that there are hundreds of millions of legal firearms in circulation. That is the biggest difference in circumstance, between the US, and the rest of the world.

Most states have a variation of a legal concealed weapons permit. In Texas, you can just walk around with a rifle, or whatever. Some of the neighborhoods that I’ve lived in, there are people walking around with pistols in open sight. Probably illegally obtained, and probably illegally carrying. I say probably, because many are under 18 years old, and some are known felons…

If you have any specific questions, I used to have a FFL, and sold guns for about 3 years. Maybe I can help…

janbb's avatar

They don’t have the Wild West individualistic culture we do. They are more focused on functioning as a society than we traditionally have been. This is also why universal health care is provided in most European countries.

MrGrimm888's avatar

^Flipper clap!

SergeantQueen's avatar

UK took guns from citizens. still has terrorists attacks and no way to stop them

RocketGuy's avatar

@SergeantQueen – interesting that there have not been any mass shootings in the UK lately: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_terrorist_incidents_in_Great_Britain We, in the US, handily beat them in this statistic.

SergeantQueen's avatar

I wasn’t claiming they don’t have mass shootings I was just saying that they took guns from the citizens. I know that doesn’t directly answer the question but there is a country that did the same thing that has less shootings and I think it’s Australia but I wanted to avoid saying that without having evidence

kritiper's avatar

Other countries don’t allow the populace to have guns like the US does. Harder to get. (Generally speaking, IMO)

2davidc8's avatar

I think the Penguin has it right! GA, @janbb. I’ve visited Asia and Europe many times, and I’d say culture has a lot to do with it.

gorillapaws's avatar

I’m shocked that nobody has mentioned the elephant in the room. The US had SLAVERY. You can’t have a huge percent of your population enslaved without guns. Thus the slave militias. There has always been a subliminal cultural fear of the dark man coming to get revenge on the white folks for our sins. White Americans are more than twice as likely to own firearms than black people.

MrGrimm888's avatar

^Hmm. Interesting. That had not occurred to me.

I’ve had the displeasure of speaking with lots of hardcore gun enthusiasts, and I never got that vibe from any. Most were mad at Obama. I don’t doubt race was a variable. But the majority had baseless fears that Obama would take their guns, and put us all in prison camps.

Maybe it’s more of a thing with the older white men, high up in the NRA?...

I would think it was more relevant immediately following the Emancipation Proclamation. It seems like a stretch today…

gorillapaws's avatar

@MrGrimm888 I think it’s related to home defense, and most people picture the hypothetical guy breaking in to be black. It’s cultural. Just like the baby doll experiments.
Still happeing now.

imrainmaker's avatar

^That’s an interesting experiment!!

MrGrimm888's avatar

@gorillapaws . That’s an interesting point. I see what you’re saying now. Articulated that way, I think it could absolutely be a factor.

I’m more worried about specific people trying to hurt me. In my line of work, I’ve made many enemies. There’s at least one motorcycle club, that has it out for me. They’re all white, if that matters. I recently moved. Only like three people know where. I park behind bushes, and keep the front windows blacked out.
I personally sleep better, with my shotgun nearby.

Maybe I’m just part of the problem…

kritiper's avatar

@gorillapaws I don’t think that applies, in the exact form you mention, everywhere. If I visualize someone entering my house uninvited, they are of no specific skin color. You may be right in 50% of instances overall, but I’d doubt any more than that.

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