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Shooting of Japan’s Ex-Leader Shocks Nation Where Guns Are Rare

  • Weapon used against Shinzo Abe appears to be handmade
  • Gun ownership, incidents in island nation are very uncommon
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Former Japan PM Abe Dies After Being Shot
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The last time a current or former Japanese prime minister was shot and killed was 90 years ago. It’s a measure of just how rare and shocking gun violence is in the country, where ownership of firearms is strictly controlled.

The blast that felled Shinzo Abe on Friday -- with a homemade shotgun, according to reports -- happened while he was campaigning on behalf of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party in Nara, a city east of Osaka. Abe was giving a speech in front of a train station ahead of this weekend’s Upper House elections. The former leader was taken to a local hospital and later pronounced dead. He was 67.