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Poll: Should the United States change gun laws?

Posted at 5:23 PM, Jan 28, 2013
and last updated 2013-01-28 15:04:02-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) -- When it comes to guns, Japan lies in stark contrast to the United States. The county is one of the most difficult in the world to legally purchase a weapon.

Japan's strict gun laws often result in annual gun deaths in the single digits.

Requirements to own a gun in Japan can become a lengthy process, beginning with a class, followed by a written test. Potential gun owners must also showcase their skills at a shooting range. Finally, applicants need medical clearance to show they are mentally fit enough to own a gun.

Once an applicant has been filed, police must include the exact gun they want to purchase on their application. The entire process takes about 40 days to complete.

The strict gun laws in Japan contrast greatly to state laws in America. We want to know what you think. Vote in our poll to and let us know if you think America's gun law should be changed.

Editorial Note: Poll results are not scientific. Results were collected from self-selected internet users.