Citation(s) from the literature library

Parker, Sarah. 2011 ‘Balancing Act: Regulation of Civilian Firearm Possession.’ Small Arms Survey 2011: States of Security; Annex 9.2, pp. 48-61. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 6 July

Relevant contents

Annex 9.2 Overview of Conditions of Firearms Ownership


Licence Duration: 3 years (for hunting or air guns, i.e. until 3rd birthday of
licensee after granting of licence), 3 months (no separate permit to acquire, but
licence expires if no firearm purchased within 3 months)

Penalties for Unlawful Possession: handgun: 1–10 years; hunting gun: up to 5 years or fine up to JPY 1 million (USD 12,500) other firearms: up to 3 years or fine up to JPY 500,000 (USD 6,250)

Safe Storage: YES (ammunition is to be stored separately; storage requirements are specified; handguns cannot be stored in the home)

Penalties for Unsafe Storage: JPY 200,000 (USD 2,500)

Carrying in Public? YES (arms must be covered or put in a case)

Penalties for Unlawful Carrying: 2 years or up to JPY 300 (USD 4)

ID: Q5439

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