Gun Laws by Country

Gun Laws by Country – An Overview (2020)


The world today is becoming increasingly globalized and many Americans are choosing to move abroad for a variety of reasons, be it cheaper costs of living, a new and exotic lifestyle, or just better opportunities on offer. 

However, before one plan on settling in a new country, it helps to know better about the local laws. Many Americans may be surprised to find that many liberties that we take for granted are seen as a privilege rather than a right in many other countries. This includes the right to purchase and own firearms as a civilian. This guide will give an overview of gun laws of each country so you can be better aware of the restrictions (or lack of them) you might face there. 

Note: Before reading, be sure to know that the list is by no means exhaustive. Some countries were omitted because of a lack of information on their gun policies (e.g. Maldives). Others (such as Afghanistan and Somalia) were not included because neither are they safe destinations for Americans nor is state law actively enforced there. Others have been omitted simply because they are not a popular choice for American citizens. 

 

Argentina

Status: Legal 

Ordinary Guns Automatics 
Permit Required Yes (Shall Issue)* Illegal 
Open Carry Allowed Yes**
Registration Required  Yes
Magazine Restrictions Yes
Background Check Required Yes 

 

Note: 

*Permit for handguns restricted 

**May issue


Australia

Status: Legal 

Ordinary Guns Automatics 
Permit Required Yes (May Issue) illegal
Open Carry Allowed No
Registration Required  Yes
Magazine Restrictions Yes
Background Check Required Yes

 

Austria

Status: Legal 

Ordinary Guns Automatics 
Permit Required Yes (Shall Issue)* Yes**
Open Carry Allowed Yes Yes
Registration Required  Yes Yes
Magazine Restrictions No No
Background Check Required Yes Yes

 

Note: 

*Some firearms permitless 

**Permits restricted

The Bahamas

Status: Legal 

Ordinary Guns Automatics 
Permit Required Yes (May Issue) Yes**
Open Carry Allowed Yes* Yes*
Registration Required  Yes Yes
Magazine Restrictions No No
Background Check Required Yes Yes

 

Note:
*Permit may issue

**Permits restricted 

 

Bahrain

Status: Legal 

Ordinary Guns Automatics 
Permit Required Yes  (May Issue) Illegal 
Open Carry Allowed Yes*
Registration Required  Yes
Magazine Restrictions No
Background Check Required Yes

 

Note: 

*Permits restricted

Bangladesh

Status: Legal 

Ordinary Guns Automatics 
Permit Required Yes (May Issue)* Illegal
Open Carry Allowed No
Registration Required  Yes
Magazine Restrictions Yes
Background Check Required Yes

 

Note:

*Permits restricted  

 

Belarus

Status: Legal 

Ordinary Guns Automatics 
Permit Required Yes (May Issue)* Illegal
Open Carry Allowed Yes
Registration Required  Yes
Magazine Restrictions No
Background Check Required Yes

 

Note:

*Handguns prohibited 

 

Belgium

Status: Legal 

Ordinary Guns Automatics 
Permit Required Yes (Shall Issue) Illegal
Open Carry Allowed No
Registration Required  Yes
Magazine Restrictions Yes
Background Check Required Yes

 

Bhutan

Status: Legal 

Ordinary Guns Automatics 
Permit Required Yes (May Issue)* Illegal
Open Carry Allowed Yes
Registration Required  Yes
Magazine Restrictions No
Background Check Required Yes

 

Note:
*handguns and long guns above a certain caliber illegal

 

Bolivia

Status: Legal 

Ordinary Guns Automatics 
Permit Required Yes (May Issue) Illegal
Open Carry Allowed Yes*
Registration Required  Yes
Magazine Restrictions Yes
Background Check Required Yes

 

Note: 

*Not applicable in large public gatherings

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Status: Legal 

Ordinary Guns Automatics 
Permit Required Yes (May Issue) Illegal*
Open Carry Allowed Yes
Registration Required  Yes
Magazine Restrictions No
Background Check Required Yes

 

Note: 

*Laws a bit ambiguous

Botswana

Status: Restricted

Ordinary Guns Automatics 
Permit Required Yes (May Issue)* Illegal
Open Carry Allowed No
Registration Required  Yes
Magazine Restrictions Yes
Background Check Required Yes

 

Note:

*Permits restricted 

Brazil

Status: Legal 

Ordinary Guns Automatics 
Permit Required Yes (Shall Issue) Illegal
Open Carry Allowed No
Registration Required  Yes
Magazine Restrictions No
Background Check Required Yes

 


Brunei

Status: Restricted 

Ordinary Guns Automatics 
Permit Required Yes (May Issue)* Illegal
Open Carry Allowed No
Registration Required  Yes
Magazine Restrictions Yes
Background Check Required Yes

 

Note: 

*Permits restricted

Bulgaria

Status: Legal 

Ordinary Guns Automatics 
Permit Required Yes (May Issue) Illegal
Open Carry Allowed Yes*
Registration Required  Yes
Magazine Restrictions No
Background Check Required Yes

 

Note:

*No permit required 

 

Canada

Status: Legal 

Ordinary Guns Automatics 
Permit Required Yes (Shall Issue) Illegal*
Open Carry Allowed No
Registration Required  No**
Magazine Restrictions No
Background Check Required Yes

 

Note: 

*Pre-1978 registered autos are legal

**Non-restricted firearms only 

 

Chile

Status: Legal 

Ordinary Guns Automatics 
Permit Required Yes (May Issue) Illegal
Open Carry Allowed Yes*
Registration Required  Yes
Magazine Restrictions Yes*
Background Check Required Yes

 

Note: 

*Permits restricted

**Not applicable in case of self-defense firearms

China

Status: Restricted 

Ordinary Guns Automatics 
Permit Required Yes (May Issue)* Illegal
Open Carry Allowed No
Registration Required  Yes
Magazine Restrictions Yes
Background Check Required Yes

 

Note: 

*Permits highly restricted

Colombia

Status: Legal 

Ordinary Guns Automatics 
Permit Required Yes (May Issue)* Yes**
Open Carry Allowed No*** No
Registration Required  Yes Yes
Magazine Restrictions No No
Background Check Required Yes Yes

 

Note: 

*Semi-autos permit restricted

**Permits highly restricted

***Certain firearms excluded

Costa Rica

Status: Legal 

Ordinary Guns Automatics 
Permit Required Yes (Shall Issue) Illegal 
Open Carry Allowed No
Registration Required  Yes
Magazine Restrictions Yes
Background Check Required Yes

 

Croatia

Status: Legal 

Ordinary Guns Automatics 
Permit Required Yes (Shall Issue) Illegal
Open Carry Allowed No
Registration Required  Yes
Magazine Restrictions No
Background Check Required Yes

 

Cuba

Status: Legal 

Ordinary Guns Automatics 
Permit Required Yes (May Issue)* Illegal
Open Carry Allowed No
Registration Required  Yes
Magazine Restrictions No
Background Check Required Yes

 

Note: 

*Rifles with a caliber greater than 5.6 millimeters and certain modified weapons illegal

 

Cyprus

Status: Restricted

Ordinary Guns Automatics 
Permit Required Yes (Shall issue)* Illegal
Open Carry Allowed Yes**
Registration Required  Yes
Magazine Restrictions Yes
Background Check Required Yes

 

Note: 

*Only shotguns, all other firearms illegal

**Permits restricted

 

Czech Republic

Status: Legal 

Ordinary Guns Automatics 
Permit Required Yes (Shall Issue) Yes*
Open Carry Allowed No No
Registration Required  Yes Yes
Magazine Restrictions No No
Background Check Required Yes Yes

 

Note:
*Permits restricted 

 

Denmark

Status: Legal 

Ordinary Guns Automatics 
Permit Required Yes (May Issue) Illegal
Open Carry Allowed No
Registration Required  Yes*
Magazine Restrictions Yes**
Background Check Required Yes

 

Note: 

*Not applicable for shotguns pre-2001

**No restrictions for short firearms

Dominican Republic

Status: Legal 

Ordinary Guns Automatics 
Permit Required Yes (May Issue) Illegal
Open Carry Allowed Yes
Registration Required  Yes
Magazine Restrictions No
Background Check Required Yes

 


Ecuador

Status: Restricted 

Ordinary Guns Automatics 
Permit Required Yes (May Issue)* Illegal
Open Carry Allowed Yes
Registration Required  Yes
Magazine Restrictions Yes
Background Check Required Yes

 

Note:
*Permits for most firearms greater or equal to 9mm are restricted. Handguns are prohibited with some exceptions.

 

Egypt

Status: Legal 

Ordinary Guns Automatics 
Permit Required Yes (May Issue)* Illegal
Open Carry Allowed Yes
Registration Required  Yes
Magazine Restrictions No
Background Check Required Yes

 

Note: 

*Long guns are prohibited

El Salvador

Status: Legal 

Ordinary Guns Automatics 
Permit Required Yes (Shall Issue) Illegal
Open Carry Allowed Yes
Registration Required  Yes
Magazine Restrictions No
Background Check Required Yes

 

Estonia

Status: Legal 

Ordinary Guns Automatics 
Permit Required Yes (Shall Issue) Yes*
Open Carry Allowed No No
Registration Required  Yes Yes
Magazine Restrictions No Yes
Background Check Required Yes Yes

 

Note: 

*Applicable to only members of the Estonian Defense League

Fiji

Status: Illegal 


Finland

Status: Legal 

Ordinary Guns Automatics 
Permit Required Yes (Shall Issue) Yes*
Open Carry Allowed No No
Registration Required  Yes Yes
Magazine Restrictions Yes No
Background Check Required Yes Yes

 

Note: 

*Permits highly restricted

France

Status: Legal 

Ordinary Guns Automatics 
Permit Required Yes (Shall Issue) Illegal
Open Carry Allowed No
Registration Required  Yes
Magazine Restrictions Yes
Background Check Required Yes

 

  

Germany

Status: Legal 

Ordinary Guns Automatics 
Permit Required Yes (May Issue) Illegal
Open Carry Allowed Yes*
Registration Required  Yes
Magazine Restrictions No
Background Check Required Yes

 

Note: 

*Permits restricted

Greece

Status: Legal 

Ordinary Guns Automatics 
Permit Required Yes (May Issue) Illegal
Open Carry Allowed Yes*
Registration Required  Yes
Magazine Restrictions No
Background Check Required Yes

 

Note: 

*With some exceptions, no permit required.

Guyana

Status: Legal 

Ordinary Guns Automatics 
Permit Required Yes (May Issue)* Illegal
Open Carry Allowed Yes**
Registration Required  Yes
Magazine Restrictions No
Background Check Required Yes

 

Note: 

*Restricted to one firearm per person

**No permit required

Honduras

Status: Legal 

Ordinary Guns Automatics 
Permit Required Yes (Shall Issue) Illegal
Open Carry Allowed No
Registration Required  Yes
Magazine Restrictions Yes
Background Check Required Yes

 

Hungary

Status: Legal 

Ordinary Guns Automatics 
Permit Required Yes (May Issue)* Illegal
Open Carry Allowed No
Registration Required  Yes
Magazine Restrictions Yes
Background Check Required Yes

 

Note: 

*Permits for handguns restricted

Iceland

Status: Legal 

Ordinary Guns Automatics 
Permit Required Yes (May Issue) Illegal
Open Carry Allowed No
Registration Required  Yes
Magazine Restrictions Yes
Background Check Required Yes

 

India

Status: Legal

Ordinary Guns Automatics 
Permit Required Yes (May Issue)* Illegal
Open Carry Allowed No
Registration Required  Yes
Magazine Restrictions Yes
Background Check Required Yes

 

Note: 

*Permit limited to 3 firearms per person

Indonesia

Status: Restricted 

Ordinary Guns Automatics 
Permit Required Yes (May Issue)* Illegal
Open Carry Allowed No
Registration Required  Yes
Magazine Restrictions Yes
Background Check Required Yes

 

Note: 

*Permits highly restricted

Iran

Status: Restricted  

Ordinary Guns Automatics 
Permit Required Yes (May Issue)* Illegal
Open Carry Allowed Yes**
Registration Required  Yes
Magazine Restrictions Yes
Background Check Required Yes

 

Note: 

*Permits highly restricted

**Permits restricted


Iraq

Status: Legal 

Ordinary Guns Automatics 
Permit Required Yes (Shall Issue) Yes
Open Carry Allowed Yes Yes
Registration Required  Yes Yes
Magazine Restrictions No No
Background Check Required Yes Yes

 


Ireland

Status: Legal 

Ordinary Guns Automatics 
Permit Required Yes (May Issue)* Illegal 
Open Carry Allowed No
Registration Required  Yes
Magazine Restrictions Yes
Background Check Required Yes

 

Note: 

*Permits not issued for self-defense

Israel

Status: Legal 

Ordinary Guns Automatics 
Permit Required Yes (May Issue) Illegal
Open Carry Allowed Yes*
Registration Required  Yes
Magazine Restrictions Yes
Background Check Required Yes

 

Note: 

*Permits restricted

Italy

Status: Legal 

Ordinary Guns Automatics 
Permit Required Yes (Shall Issue) Illegal
Open Carry Allowed No
Registration Required  Yes
Magazine Restrictions No
Background Check Required Yes

 

Jamaica

Status: Legal 

Ordinary Guns Automatics 
Permit Required Yes (May Issue) Illegal
Open Carry Allowed Yes*
Registration Required  Yes
Magazine Restrictions Yes
Background Check Required Yes

 

Note: 

*Permits restricted

Japan

Status: Restricted 

Ordinary Guns Automatics 
Permit Required Yes (May Issue)* Illegal
Open Carry Allowed No
Registration Required  Yes
Magazine Restrictions Yes
Background Check Required Yes

 

Note: 

*Permits restricted

Jordan

Status: Legal 

Ordinary Guns Automatics 
Permit Required Yes (May Issue) Illegal
Open Carry Allowed Yes
Registration Required  Yes
Magazine Restrictions No
Background Check Required Yes

 

Kazakhstan

Status: Legal 

Ordinary Guns Automatics 
Permit Required Yes (May Issue)* Illegal
Open Carry Allowed Yes
Registration Required  Yes
Magazine Restrictions Yes
Background Check Required Yes

 

Note: 

*Handguns are prohibited 


Kenya

Status: Legal 

Ordinary Guns Automatics 
Permit Required Yes (May Issue) Illegal
Open Carry Allowed No
Registration Required  Yes
Magazine Restrictions No
Background Check Required Yes

 

Korea, North

Status: Illegal

Note: The carrying and possession of all firearms is illegal under the threat of the death penalty.

Korea, South

Status: Legal 

Ordinary Guns Automatics 
Permit Required Yes (May Issue) Illegal
Open Carry Allowed No
Registration Required  Yes
Magazine Restrictions Yes
Background Check Required Yes

 

Latvia

Status: Legal 

Ordinary Guns Automatics 
Permit Required Yes (May Issue)* Illegal
Open Carry Allowed Yes
Registration Required  Yes
Magazine Restrictions Yes
Background Check Required Yes

 

Note: 

*Handguns with a caliber over 9mm prohibited. Firearms limited to 10 per person. 

 

Lebanon

Status: Restricted 

Ordinary Guns Automatics 
Permit Required Yes (May Issue)* Illegal
Open Carry Allowed No
Registration Required  Yes
Magazine Restrictions Yes
Background Check Required Yes

 

Note: 

*Permits restricted

 

Liechtenstein

Status: Legal 

Ordinary Guns Automatics 
Permit Required Yes (Shall Issue)* Yes**
Open Carry Allowed No No
Registration Required  Yes*** Yes
Magazine Restrictions No No
Background Check Required No**** No****

 

Note: 

*Some firearms permitless 

**Somewhat restricted

***Not required for hunting rifles

****Criminal record may be checked for certain firearms

Lithuania

Status: Legal 

Ordinary Guns Automatics 
Permit Required Yes (Shall Issue) Illegal
Open Carry Allowed No
Registration Required  Yes
Magazine Restrictions No
Background Check Required Yes

 

Luxembourg

Status: Restricted

Ordinary Guns Automatics 
Permit Required Yes (May Issue)* illegal
Open Carry Allowed No
Registration Required  Yes
Magazine Restrictions Yes
Background Check Required Yes

 

Note: 

*Permits highly restricted. Most firearm types are prohibited.

Malaysia

Status: Restricted 

Ordinary Guns Automatics 
Permit Required Yes (May Issue)* Illegal
Open Carry Allowed Yes**
Registration Required  Yes
Magazine Restrictions Yes
Background Check Required Yes

 

Note: 

*Permits restricted

**Permits restricted 


Malta

Status: Legal 

Ordinary Guns Automatics 
Permit Required Yes (Shall Issue) Illegal*
Open Carry Allowed No
Registration Required  Yes
Magazine Restrictions Yes
Background Check Required Yes

 

Note: 

*Pre-1946 firearms excluded


Marshall Islands

Status: Illegal 


Mauritius

Status: Legal 

Ordinary Guns Automatics 
Permit Required Yes (May Issue) Illegal
Open Carry Allowed Yes*
Registration Required  Yes
Magazine Restrictions Yes
Background Check Required Yes

 

Note: 

*Permits restricted


Mexico

Status: Legal 

Ordinary Guns Automatics 
Permit Required Yes (Shall Issue) Illegal
Open Carry Allowed Yes*
Registration Required  Yes
Magazine Restrictions Yes
Background Check Required Yes

 

Note: 

*Permits restricted

 

Micronesia

Status: Restricted 

Ordinary Guns Automatics 
Permit Required Yes (May Issue)* Illegal
Open Carry Allowed No
Registration Required  Yes
Magazine Restrictions Yes
Background Check Required Yes

 

Note: 

*Most firearms types prohibited 

 

Monaco

Status: Legal 

Ordinary Guns Automatics 
Permit Required Yes (Shall Issue) Illegal
Open Carry Allowed Yes
Registration Required  Yes
Magazine Restrictions No
Background Check Required Yes

 

Montenegro

Status: Legal 

Ordinary Guns Automatics 
Permit Required Yes (Shall Issue)* Illegal
Open Carry Allowed Yes**
Registration Required  Yes
Magazine Restrictions No
Background Check Required Yes

 

 
Note:

*No permit required for antique weapons

**Permits somewhat restricted

 

Mongolia

Status: Legal 

Ordinary Guns Automatics 
Permit Required Yes (May Issue) Yes (May issue)
Open Carry Allowed Yes* Yes*
Registration Required  Yes Yes
Magazine Restrictions No No
Background Check Required Yes Yes

 

 
Note:

*Permits somewhat restricted 

 

Morocco

Status: Legal 

Ordinary Guns Automatics 
Permit Required Yes (Shall Issue) Yes*
Open Carry Allowed No No
Registration Required  Yes Yes
Magazine Restrictions No No
Background Check Required Yes Yes

 

Note: 

*Permits maybe restricted

Namibia

Status: Legal 

Ordinary Guns Automatics 
Permit Required Yes (May Issue) Illegal
Open Carry Allowed No
Registration Required  Yes
Magazine Restrictions Yes
Background Check Required Yes

 


Nepal

Status: Legal 

Ordinary Guns Automatics 
Permit Required Yes (May Issue) Illegal
Open Carry Allowed Yes*
Registration Required  Yes
Magazine Restrictions Yes
Background Check Required Yes

 

Note: 

*Permits restricted

 

Netherlands

Status: Restricted 

Ordinary Guns Automatics 
Permit Required Yes (May Issue) Illegal
Open Carry Allowed No
Registration Required  Yes
Magazine Restrictions Yes
Background Check Required Yes

 

New Zealand

Status: Legal

Ordinary Guns Automatics 
Permit Required Yes (May Issue) Illegal
Open Carry Allowed No
Registration Required  Yes*
Magazine Restrictions Yes
Background Check Required Yes

 

Note:

*Not required for certain firearms 

 

Nigeria

Status: Restricted 

Ordinary Guns Automatics 
Permit Required Yes (May Issue) Illegal
Open Carry Allowed No
Registration Required  Yes
Magazine Restrictions Yes
Background Check Required Yes

 

North Macedonia

Status: Legal

Ordinary Guns Automatics 
Permit Required Yes (Shall Issue)* Illegal
Open Carry Allowed No
Registration Required  Yes
Magazine Restrictions Yes
Background Check Required Yes

 

Note:

*May issue in case of self-defense firearms

 

Norway

Status: Legal

Ordinary Guns Automatics 
Permit Required Yes (May Issue) Yes*
Open Carry Allowed No No
Registration Required  Yes Yes
Magazine Restrictions Yes Yes
Background Check Required Yes Yes

 

Note: 

*Permits restricted

Oman

Status: Legal 

Ordinary Guns Automatics 
Permit Required Yes (Shall Issue) Yes
Open Carry Allowed Yes Yes
Registration Required  Yes Yes
Magazine Restrictions No No
Background Check Required Yes Yes

 

Pakistan

Status: Legal

Ordinary Guns Automatics 
Permit Required Yes (Shall Issue) Illegal
Open Carry Allowed No
Registration Required  Yes
Magazine Restrictions No
Background Check Required Yes

 

Panama

Status: Legal

Ordinary Guns Automatics 
Permit Required Yes (Shall Issue) Illegal
Open Carry Allowed Yes
Registration Required  Yes
Magazine Restrictions No
Background Check Required Yes

 


Peru

Status: Legal

Ordinary Guns Automatics 
Permit Required Yes (May Issue) Illegal
Open Carry Allowed Yes*
Registration Required  Yes
Magazine Restrictions Yes
Background Check Required Yes

 

Note:

*No permit required with some restrictions

 

Philippines

Status: Legal

Ordinary Guns Automatics 
Permit Required Yes (May Issue) Illegal
Open Carry Allowed Yes
Registration Required  Yes
Magazine Restrictions Yes
Background Check Required Yes

 

Poland

Status: Legal

Ordinary Guns Automatics 
Permit Required Yes (Shall Issue) Yes*
Open Carry Allowed No No
Registration Required  Yes Yes
Magazine Restrictions Yes Yes
Background Check Required Yes Yes

 

Note:

*Permits restricted 

 

Portugal

Status: Legal

Ordinary Guns Automatics 
Permit Required Yes (May Issue)* Illegal
Open Carry Allowed Yes**
Registration Required  Yes
Magazine Restrictions Yes
Background Check Required Yes

 

Note:

*Permits not issued for self-defense

**Permits restricted 

 

Qatar

Status: Restricted

Ordinary Guns Automatics 
Permit Required Yes (May Issue)* Illegal
Open Carry Allowed No
Registration Required  Yes
Magazine Restrictions Yes
Background Check Required Yes

 

Note: 

*Permits highly restricted

Romania

Status: Legal

Ordinary Guns Automatics 
Permit Required Yes (May Issue)* Illegal
Open Carry Allowed No
Registration Required  Yes
Magazine Restrictions Yes
Background Check Required Yes

 

Note:

*Permits for self-defense firearms restricted 

 

Russia

Status: Legal

Ordinary Guns Automatics 
Permit Required Yes (May Issue) Illegal
Open Carry Allowed No
Registration Required  Yes
Magazine Restrictions Yes
Background Check Required Yes

 

Rwanda

Status: Legal

Ordinary Guns Automatics 
Permit Required Yes (May Issue) Illegal
Open Carry Allowed Yes
Registration Required  Yes
Magazine Restrictions No
Background Check Required Yes

Saudi Arabia

Status: Restricted 

Ordinary Guns Automatics 
Permit Required Yes (May Issue)* Illegal
Open Carry Allowed No
Registration Required  Yes
Magazine Restrictions Yes
Background Check Required Yes


Note:

*Permits highly restricted 

 

Serbia

Status: Legal

Ordinary Guns Automatics 
Permit Required Yes (Shall Issue) Illegal
Open Carry Allowed No
Registration Required  Yes
Magazine Restrictions Uncertain
Background Check Required Yes

 

Seychelles

Status: Legal

Ordinary Guns Automatics 
Permit Required Yes (May Issue) Illegal
Open Carry Allowed Yes
Registration Required  Yes
Magazine Restrictions Uncertain
Background Check Required Yes

 

Singapore

Status: Restricted 

Ordinary Guns Automatics 
Permit Required Yes (May Issue)* Yes*
Open Carry Allowed No No
Registration Required  Yes Yes
Magazine Restrictions Yes Yes
Background Check Required Yes Yes


Note:

*Permits highly restricted 

 

Slovakia

Status: Legal

Ordinary Guns Automatics 
Permit Required Yes (Shall Issue) Yes*
Open Carry Allowed No No
Registration Required  Yes Yes
Magazine Restrictions Yes Yes
Background Check Required Yes** Yes**

 


Note:

*Permits restricted 

**Maybe be required under specific conditions

 

Slovenia

Status: Legal

Ordinary Guns Automatics 
Permit Required Yes (May Issue) Illegal
Open Carry Allowed No
Registration Required  Yes
Magazine Restrictions Yes
Background Check Required Yes

 

South Africa

Status: Legal

Ordinary Guns Automatics 
Permit Required Yes (May Issue)* Yes**
Open Carry Allowed No No
Registration Required  Yes Yes
Magazine Restrictions No No
Background Check Required Yes Yes

 

Note:

*Also allows carry without permit

*Permits restricted

Spain

Status: Legal

Ordinary Guns Automatics 
Permit Required Yes (May Issue)* Illegal
Open Carry Allowed No
Registration Required  Yes
Magazine Restrictions Yes
Background Check Required Yes

 


Note:

**Permits for self-defense firearms restricted 

 

Sri Lanka

Status: Legal

Ordinary Guns Automatics 
Permit Required Yes (May Issue) Illegal
Open Carry Allowed No
Registration Required  Yes
Magazine Restrictions No
Background Check Required Yes

 

Sweden

Status: Legal

Ordinary Guns Automatics 
Permit Required Yes (May Issue)* Illegal
Open Carry Allowed No
Registration Required  Yes
Magazine Restrictions No
Background Check Required Yes

 

Switzerland

Status: Legal 

Ordinary Guns Automatics 
Permit Required Yes (Shall Issue)* Yes**
Open Carry Allowed No No
Registration Required  Yes*** Yes
Magazine Restrictions No No
Background Check Required No**** No****

 

Note: 

*Most firearms permitless 

**Somewhat restricted

***Not required for hunting rifles and certain other firearms

****Criminal record maybe checked for certain firearms

Taiwan

Status: Restricted 

Ordinary Guns Automatics 
Permit Required Yes (May Issue)* Illegal
Open Carry Allowed No
Registration Required  Yes
Magazine Restrictions Yes
Background Check Required Yes

 


Note:

*Permits highly restricted  

 

Thailand

Status: Legal 

Ordinary Guns Automatics 
Permit Required Yes (Shall Issue) Illegal
Open Carry Allowed Yes
Registration Required  Yes
Magazine Restrictions No
Background Check Required Yes

 

Trinidad and Tobago

Status: Legal

Ordinary Guns Automatics 
Permit Required Yes (May Issue)* Illegal
Open Carry Allowed No
Registration Required  Yes
Magazine Restrictions Yes
Background Check Required Yes

 


Note:

*Firearms limited to amount indicated on the license

 

Tunisia

Status: Restricted 

Ordinary Guns Automatics 
Permit Required Yes (May Issue)* Illegal
Open Carry Allowed No
Registration Required  Yes
Magazine Restrictions Yes
Background Check Required Yes

 


Note:

*non-hunting firearms prohibited 

 

Turkey

Status: Legal

Ordinary Guns Automatics 
Permit Required Yes (May Issue)* Illegal
Open Carry Allowed No
Registration Required  Yes
Magazine Restrictions Yes
Background Check Required Yes

 

Ukraine

Status: Legal

Ordinary Guns Automatics 
Permit Required Yes (May Issue) Illegal
Open Carry Allowed Yes*
Registration Required  Yes
Magazine Restrictions Yes
Background Check Required Yes

 


Note:

*Permits restricted 

 

United Arab Emirates

Status: Legal

Ordinary Guns Automatics 
Permit Required Yes (May Issue) Illegal
Open Carry Allowed No
Registration Required  Yes
Magazine Restrictions Uncertain
Background Check Required Yes

 

United Kingdom

Status: Legal

Ordinary Guns Automatics 
Permit Required Yes (May Issue)* Illegal
Open Carry Allowed No
Registration Required  Yes
Magazine Restrictions Yes
Background Check Required Yes

 


Note:

*prohibited in case of self-defense except in Northern Ireland.

 

United States

Status: Legal 

Ordinary Guns Automatics 
Permit Required Yes (Shall Issue)* Illegal**
Open Carry Allowed Yes*
Registration Required  No*
Magazine Restrictions No*
Background Check Required Yes*

 

Note: 

*As stated in Federal Law. Full firearm regulations will vary depending on the type of firearms as well as from state to state. For more in-depth information, please refer to the main article on US gun laws. (Gun Laws by U.S State – The Complete Guide 2020)

**Automatic firearms registered before 1986 are legal.

Uruguay

Status: Legal 

Ordinary Guns Automatics 
Permit Required Yes (Shall Issue) Illegal
Open Carry Allowed No
Registration Required  Yes
Magazine Restrictions Uncertain
Background Check Required Yes

 

Venezuela

Status: Restricted

Ordinary Guns Automatics 
Permit Required Yes (May Issue)* Illegal
Open Carry Allowed No
Registration Required  Yes
Magazine Restrictions Uncertain
Background Check Required Yes

 

Note:

*Permits highly restricted

Vietnam

Status: Restricted

Ordinary Guns Automatics 
Permit Required Yes (May Issue)* Illegal
Open Carry Allowed No
Registration Required  Yes
Magazine Restrictions Uncertain
Background Check Required Yes

 

 Note:

*Permits highly restricted

 

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