Iceland is a gun-loving country with no shooting murders since 2007

Iceland is a gun-loving country with no shooting murders since 2007

Olaf Garðar Garðarsson learns how to fire a gun at a range outside Reykjavik earlier this month. Anyone who wants to own and fire a gun in Iceland must first be tested at a range like this one. Olaf Garðar Garðarsson and girlfriend Jóhanna Einarsdóttir are taught how to safely fire a gun. But what’s clear is how seriously all Icelanders take the responsibility that comes with owning a deadly weapon. That’s why Garðarsson, the mechanical engineer and hopeful gun-owner, is currently sitting in a Reykjavik hotel conference room learning about the ins and outs of his weapon of choice. He came here with his girlfriend, Jóhanna Einarsdóttir, 26, a teacher who also wants a gun. There are about three dozen others in attendance, all listening intently to the seminar covering firearm history, physics, laws, hunting and safety. This is only one step in a meticulously regulated journey. Candidates are examined by a doctor who checks they are in good physical and mental health. They have a meeting with the chief of police, who asks them why they want to own a gun and runs a background check to make sure they have no criminal record. Olaf Garðar Garðarsson practices his aim. Anton Brink Hansen / for NBC News The last shooting murder in Iceland occurred in 2007. Anton Brink Hansen / for NBC News The gun safety and shooting course is held at a test center outside Reykjavik.

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