Questions related to politics and policy on firearms
Gun politics is the politics relating to restrictions on people's ownership and use of firearms, as well as their production and commerce to civilians. Policies vary. Some countries, such as the US, guarantee the right to bear arms and have lenient gun laws. In contrast, in Japan guns are illegal with some exceptions. Switzerland, unusually, mandates gun ownership for citizens subject to conscription, but places restriction on their use.
Issues in gun politics include:
- Gun control
- Policy on licensing of firearms (e.g. background checks)
- Open-carry laws
Gun politics is contentious in some countries, particularly in the United States, where organizations like the National Rifle Association lobby on gun politics issues.