Is it Possible to Own a Gun in Japan?
Yes, it is possible.
A lot of people mis-understands that we won’t be able to, but it is possible to own a gun in Japan. We will able to own a gun for hunting and target shooting, so we can own a hunting gun or a rifle. However, Japan is one of the most restricted country for owning a gun so it will take about one year to get the permission and obtain a gun. Some of the necessary procedure is following:
- Attending a lecture, training course
- Written exam
- Shooting exam
- Drag test
- Crime background check
- Notification to the police on where the gun and gun powder/bullet will be stored, and this will be checked every year by the police
- Renewal of gun license every 3 years
As these pictures from “Dog & Scissors” and “The Fruit of Grisaia”, gun crimes does exist in Japan. However the annual number of occurrences is within 2 digits. The number of death caused by guns in one given year is less than one gun crime occurred in another country. Is it not only the strict rules against guns that helps decrease the gun crimes in Japan, but the cultural background plays a big role. The Japanese are proud that they have little gun crime but on the other hand there are high number of committing suicide.
To own a handgun in Japan, you will need to pass a strict regulation. You will need to score a very high record in a shooting range, the gun will have to be stored at the police station apart from the time for training and competition. You will need a long period of time to practice to actually achieve the score. Sometimes the person can be recommended by the sports association. The number that can be filled by recommendation is limited to “50 to 500 people” so unless there is a vacancy, you can not even apply for it. (At the moment it is full and waiting for vacancy.) Hence, at this moment it is impossible to own a gun as an individual.