Gun Laws Around The World (PHOTOS): How Weapon Ownership Restrictions Vary

01/12/2011 08:55 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Democractic Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords remains in critical condition after Saturday's grisly shootings in Arizona, which left six people dead. Though friends, family and supporters remain hopeful for Giffords' recovery, the attack has reportedly launched yet another debate on national gun control among U.S. lawmakers.

Whether or not stricter laws could've somehow curbed alleged gunman Jared Lee Loughner's access to firearms may unfortunately never be known. But just how does legislation in the U.S. -- a nation with the highest rate of gun-related deaths in the world -- compare to other nations?

According to the Guardian, international gun controls vary widely. They range from the liberal like Brazil's, where civilians over 25 are free to keep firearms indoors as long as they've registered, to the more restrictive in Australia, where gun ownership is strictly prohibited unless there are "genuine reasons" like employment requirements.

See how U.S. gun laws compare to those around the world here:

Gun Laws Around The World

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