Self defence is not regarded as a valid argument for owning a gun, and only the police are allowed to carry a weapon. The main purpose of Dutch gun laws is to create a clear division between legal gun owners and people who use guns for criminal purposes. So far, the Dutch have been fairly successful in accomplishing this objective.The main exceptions are sports shooters and hunters. Both have to go through extremely strict, lengthy and expensive steps in order to qualify to own guns. Maybe the U.S. could learn something from the Dutch.
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