Gun laws are unusual when you actually look into them. You'd think it's okay to buy a gun, do your background check, then slap a few attachments onto it, or maybe modify it so you feel more comfortable using it - or maybe you're a gun enthusiast who enjoys experimenting with different styles, but the bureaucracy you have to go through seems tiresome. Even putting a foregrip on your gun requires a $200 tax stamp. The same applies to a suppressor, in case you want to protect your ears from the loud crack of a gunshot. Or maybe you want to shorten your shotgun's barrel so it's more manoeuvrable in the event of a home invasion.
And these are American gun laws, which despite their complexity, are far more lax than the rest of the West's. In Europe you need to get special licences, go through rigorous screening, pay fees, and even then you're only allowed to own certain weapons, like a .22 rifle, or a hunting shotgun. Often, there are complex procedures around how to store them, and sometimes you're not even allowed to keep your gun on your property. In many countries, handguns are illegal or hard to obtain, as are other semi automatics. Don't even think about concealed carry, as that's not legal anywhere in Europe that I've heard of. You also can't use your gun to fend off an armed burglar/mugger like you would in the US, since self defense is a right that's woefully neglected by many legal systems around the continent.
It seems a bit excessive when you look at the amount of regulations imposed on law-abiding citizens who want to defend their families, or are just passionate about a hobby. All in the name of safety, it's said, but what's so dangerous about an average Joe who works 9-5 and is a good citizen?
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