Gun control laws vary widely from country to country.
Several nations such as Australia, Canada, Norway, the UK and the United States make special exceptions in their gun laws for antique firearms.
Some countries like England exempt certain antiques but they do not set a specific threshold year.
Other countries treat antique handguns and long guns quite differently.
For example, Norway has a pre-1885 threshold for rifles and shotguns, but a pre-1871 threshold for handguns.
An Antique Firearm is, loosely speaking, a firearm designed and manufactured prior to the beginning of the 20th century- the Boer War is often used as a cut-off event, although the exact definition of what constitutes an "Antique Firearm" varies from jurisdiction to jurisdiction.
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