On the other end of the spectrum is Japan, a country with almost no firearm ownership and almost no gun-related deaths. There’s a lesson for the United States to learn from Japan’s strict gun control. In 1958, Japan banned firearms entirely. It’s possible to purchase shotguns and air rifles, but not without going through an elaborate screening process that includes a written test, mental health test and a background check. Even touching a gun without a license in Japan could end in serving a ten-year prison sentence.
The screening process alone would be a luxury in some parts of the United States, where a prospective gun owner can simply purchase a firearm at a gun show, no questions asked.