Japan’s strict gun laws trigger problems for Olympic shooting


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Some of the world’s toughest gun-control laws are posing unusual problems at the Tokyo Olympics, from the coach who can’t touch a firearm to strict limits on ammunition.

For Goran Maksimovic, the extent of Japan’s restrictions only became clear when he arrived to coach the national team and found he couldn’t lay a finger on a gun, let alone fire one.

“I was very surprised in the beginning,” said the Serb, a 10m air rifle gold-medallist at…

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