Within the G8, Italy has the highest number of gun homicides after the United States — and it’s hard to find data on exactly how many firearms there are in the country. Here are five key things to know about guns in Italy.
Tough regulations for ownership
Italians do not have a fundamental right to bear arms, and there are tough laws regulating both ownership and use of guns in the country.
Before buying a gun, you first need to get a gun purchasing licence ( Licenza di porto d’armi o Nulla osta) — this is also necessary if you inherit or are given a weapon. To be eligible, you must be over 18, have a certificate from a shooting range to prove you can safely use the firearm, have a clean criminal record, and state that you are not suffering from mental health or drug addiction problems…read more