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Global gun violence and comparative law – by the numbers – POLITICO


After a gunman in Uvalde, Texas, killed at least 19 schoolchildren and at least two teachers in another horrific shooting in the United States this week, Europeans are once again puzzled by the laxity of laws on firearms compared to international standards.

While death rates involving firearms are even higher in South American countries, the United States not only stands out compared to other high-income countries when it comes to the number of deaths involving firearms, but also with virtually no licensing requirements to own a firearm. Only a few US states require such licenses for gun owners. Per capita gun ownership reaches 121 guns per 100 people in the United States, while it is below 20 in European countries such as Germany and France. Here are the numbers and gun laws around the world compared, in four maps and charts.



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