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Japan has one of the world's lowest gun crime rates due to its strict laws on gun ownership—the assassination of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe using a homemade gun has horrified the Japanese public.

Summary

This article by Nectar Gan, writing for CNN, makes the following points:
  • Abe was shot dead in the city of Nara while delivering a campaign speech.
  • His assassin may have used a homemade gun.
  • In 2018, Japan—a country of 125 million people—reported just nine firearms deaths. 
  • Japanese gun deaths stand in stark contrast to the United States, which recorded almost 40,000 firearms deaths in 2018.
  • Under Japan's firearms laws, the only guns permitted for sale are shotguns and air rifles—and licences are hard to get.
  •  Handguns are outlawed altogether.
  • Possessing more than one gun is a crime that carries a prison term of up to 15 years, and discharging a firearm in a public space can result in a life sentence.

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    Source: CNN