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Regulation of Handguns


United StatesIn the United States, private possession of handguns (pistols and revolvers) is permitted without a licence in almost all jurisdictions1 2 3
Australiaonly permitted subject to stringent conditions   
Austriapermitted only with special authorisation   
Belgiumpermitted only with special authorisation   
Czech Republicpermitted only with authorisation   
Denmarkpermitted only with special authorisation   
Estoniapermitted under licence   
Finlandpermitted under licence in some cases   
Franceprohibited with only narrow exemptions   
Germanypermitted only with special authorisation   
Greecepermitted only with special authorisation   
Hungarypermitted only with special authorisation   
Irelandrestricted   
Italypermitted only with special authorisation   
Japanprohibited, with the exception of accomplished sports shooters   
Netherlandspermitted under licence   
Norwaypermitted under licence   
Polandpermitted only with special authorisation, for hunting, shooting and protection only   
Russiaprohibited   
Slovakiapermitted only with special authorisation   
Spainpermitted only with special authorisation   
Swedenpermitted under licence, in some cases, but not for the protection of person or property   
Switzerlandpermitted under licence   
United Kingdomprohibited   

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