Taiwan Luthiers wrote:I don't know what's the appropriate forum for this, so I will put it in Taiwan politics for now as gun control seems to be a political issue, at least in the USA.
As you know Taiwan has very very strict gun laws, with such a harsh penalty that possessing even one bullet will get you a punishment that almost puts the Salem witchcraft trials to shame. However when looking deeper into the specifics of owning a gun legally in Taiwan (which is difficult), there is apparently a law that allows any citizens to own a firearm for defensive purposes. You have to get a license for it, and basically anyone who has no criminal record may apply for this license, but it limits you to one firearm (two per household at the most) and 15 rounds of ammunition. However I have also read that in practice it is almost impossible to get this license unless you have serious political connection.
Does anyone know about this?
I don't know where you get your information from, but guns cannot be kept at home by private individuals for defensive purposes. As far as I know, all gun permits require the firearms to be stored in a police station when not being used for their intended purpose (hunting, sport shooting) and the guns can only be used in places designated on the permit (aboriginal hunting ground, shooting range etc). The permit requires the firearms to be transported directly from the police station to their registered place of use, and then back to the police station again.
I know of one private security company that owns a number of handguns for defensive use, but those guns cannot be legally carried or used in Taiwan. They are checked out of the police station when the company sends its bodyguards to accompany VIPs on overseas trips, and they have to be checked back into the police station when the bodyguards return to Taiwan.