New Rules in Finland

In response to the school shooting:

First-time applicants for a handgun license must now prove that they have been members of a shooting club for at least a year. In addition, all applicants must provide a note from a doctor about their mental health.

So you have to spend a year in a club without having access to a firearm?  And this is the kind of gun laws people want for this country.

9 Responses to “New Rules in Finland”

  1. Anthony C. says:

    Yes sir,

    A gun club for a year without a gun…..seems logical to me….now stop asking questions and ignore the man behind the curtain…

    Also, you must be a dairy farmer for a year before you can buy cows….


    Again….silly politicians never could run a country all that well

  2. Mike w. says:

    What are you going to DO in a shooting club for a year without access to a gun?

  3. Raspberrysurprise says:

    Honestly this isn’t as bad as I had expected. But then again I expected far far worse.

  4. Fred Fry says:

    Hmm. Seems like a business opportunity for me if I decide to move there.

    There is more in that they are looking at banning crossbows and all sorts of other stuff:
    Sales of powerful air guns, crossbows, slingshots, certain types of knives, and other weapons used primarily for killing people could be banned under pending legislation on firearms, said Jouni Laiho of the Ministry of the Interior on Friday.
    That’s from the Helsingin Sanomat today.

  5. Marja says:

    I want to move! Unfortunately your country is a bit hard to get into legally. Sigh.

    (Yes, I’m a Finn).

  6. Kathy says:

    *blinks* I’ve managed to show up at a gun club and shoot without owning any weapons. Mostly because I’ve gone with people that have had weapons. I would suspect that most people that are members of gun clubs want to see the sport continue…

  7. Sebastian says:

    It requires being a member, meaning paying dues, and volunteering work time to help keep the club up. My club requires 14 hours a year.

  8. Keith Bailey says:

    I’m pretty sure that they meant owing a handgun, not access to any firearm.
    Just like Barrack “I’m clinging to marxisim” Obama who thinks that everybody is entitled to one musket. But black powder will be $400 a pound and lead is bad for the eviroment. Sorry, I’m ranting again.

  9. JJR says:

    So you have to prove competency with a rifle for a year to get a Finnish handgun permit? And next they’ll be wanting you to demonstrate competency with a crossbow before you can own a rifle, and…