In Japan, you cannot buy a handgun, much less an assault rifle. In fact, even off-duty police officers are banned from carrying guns. You can buy a shotgun or an air rifle, but it is not easy: 1) First, you have to take a class and a written exam. 2) Then there's a skill test at a shooting range 3) Next is a drug test 4) Then a mental evaluation. 5) Assuming you pass all those tests, you file with the police, who then run a background check. No wonder Japan has one of the lowest gun ownership rates in the world. But does it work? In 2008, the U.S. had 12,000 gun-related murders. Japan had 11. More than double that number were killed in the massacre in Newtown, Connecticut.
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