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Response to aurelius2112 (Reply #46)

Mon Apr 25, 2016, 06:48 PM

51. "Assault weapons" are legal in Germany, Sweden, France, Norway, Hungary, Switzerland, Finland...

See here:

http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=view_post&forum=1172&pid=189580

Handguns are also legal in many European countries, with varying levels of restriction; Czech and Swiss shooters can own pretty much anything Americans can, while Italians are limited to certain calibers (e.g. 9x21mm instead of 9x19mm). The UK is very much an exception to European gun laws in general, which is why the British Olympic team has to practice somewhere with more freedom, like France/Germany/Switzerland. Still, even Brits can own semiautomatic shotguns of unlimited capacity, high-powered sniper rifles, and even "silenced" firearms, so even the UK doesn't have the level of restriction you are imagining.

I think Japan comes closest to what you are imagining, and ironically Japan has an overall violent death rate (murder + suicide) higher than that of the United States, because of their astronomical suicide rate.

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