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Gun control vs. gun rights

Recent shooting sprees have prompted renewed discussion over weapons. DW takes an in-depth look at the debate on gun ownership, weapons sales and violence, focusing on differing policies in the US and Germany.

"The American God of arms is insatiable," one Italian newspaper wrote following the shooting of 27 people - the majority grade-school children - in Newtown in the United States this past December. In early January of this year, a man killed three on a shooting spree in a small village in the Swiss Alps.

The violence has triggered a debate on gun ownership, weapons sales and violence. DW examines which countries are sticking to their guns when it comes to the right to bear arms - and which, like Germany, are restricting domestic gun ownership laws - yet have few qualms about arms exports.

US: Sticking to its guns

Germany: weapons registry and exports

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