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  •  How does it work? (0+ / 0-)

    "I'm a progressive man and I like progressive people" Peter Tosh

    by Texas Lefty on Sat Dec 29, 2012 at 08:33:03 AM PST

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      To get a gun in Japan, first, you have to attend an all-day class and pass a written test, which are held only once per month. You also must take and pass a shooting range class. Then, head over to a hospital for a mental test and drug test (Japan is unusual in that potential gun owners must affirmatively prove their mental fitness), which you'll file with the police. Finally, pass a rigorous background check for any criminal record or association with criminal or extremist groups, and you will be the proud new owner of your shotgun or air rifle. Just don't forget to provide police with documentation on the specific location of the gun in your home, as well as the ammo, both of which must be locked and stored separately. And remember to have the police inspect the gun once per year and to re-take the class and exam every three years.
      'Home visit is one of the most important duties of officers assigned to police...' explains the Japanese National Police Agency. In twice-a-year visit, officers fill out Residence Information Cards about who lives where and which family member to contact in case of emergency, what relation people in the house have to each other, what kind of work they do, if they work late, and what kind of cars they own. The police also check on all gun licensees, to make sure that no gun has been stolen or misused, that the gun is securely stored, and that the licensees are emotionally stable.
      Tokyo is the safest major city in the world. Only 59,000 licensed gun owners live in Tokyo. Per one million inhabitants, Tokyo has 40 reported muggings a year; New York has 11,000. The handgun murder rate is at least 200 times higher in America than Japan. The official homicide rate in Japan in 1988 was 1.2 homicide cases per 100,000 population, while in America it was 8.4 homocide cases per 100,000.

      "Drop the name-calling." Meteor Blades 2/4/11

      by indycam on Sat Dec 29, 2012 at 08:47:54 AM PST

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      •  Japan is a very safe place. It is also a... (2+ / 0-)
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        fairly homogeneous society with a tradition of pacifism since the end of WWII. I think that this culture is more than just a bit helpful is controling all manner of violence and accepting a greater societal good. I love Japan and have had many Japanese friends. They are not without their problems but, on this issue thay think we are nuts.

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