Thanks for the kind welcome
I'm in a country in western Europe, the laws basically are as follows:
Private individuals can own weapons from 2 main categories, B and C.
B category includes semi auto rifles, semi auto shotguns with detachable magazines, handguns of any kind (except black powder), pump action shotguns
C category includes bolt action rifles, lever/pump action rifles, semi auto rifles with fixed magazines (3 shot max capacity), black powder weapons, shotguns of all kind except short barrels/semis with detachable magazine or >3 capacity
Few weird things:
7.62 x39 and 5.56 automatically put a weapon in B category
.50 BMG is B category
pump action shotguns are classed in the C category if they have a rifled barrel (WHY???!!!) 61cm or greater
We can own an unlimited number of C category firearms. You have to be a member of a gun range and get checked out by a doctor. And this has to be done every year.
To own category B weapons, you have to do 3 supervised shooting sessions per year with a 2 month interval between sessions. Once that is done you can send off your paperwork to the local government office along with a ton of other stuff (copy of birth certificate, proof that you have a safe, criminal background check, etc...). After a few months if you haven't forgotten anything then hopefully you'll receive your purchase authorization that will allow you to purchase a category B firearm. Although it is important to note that there is a maximum quota of 12 guns for category B.
Machine guns were legal until the 1st of august this year, as I managed to get the paperwork done on my PPSH and a few others before the cutoff then my ownership authorization is grandfathered in. It's breaking my heart right now to see all the historic MGs that didn't managed to find homes being sent off to become scrap metal. Even museums are having to turn in their weapons.
In case you hadn't already guessed, carry of any kind is totally forbidden. Pepper spray is just about legal.
All guns are registered on a national database.
I follow very closely what happens in the US, and sincerely pray that what is happening here will never happen to you guys.
It is entirely conceivable that in the future the government comes knocking on the door requesting that we surrender our weapons.
I find it somewhat ironic that the very guns that were used to liberate this county in WW2 now no longer have a place here, even as historic artifacts.