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Estimated number of guns per capita by country

Map of civilian guns per capita by country from the Small Arms Survey 2007.[1]

This is a list of countries by estimated guns per capita (number of privately owned small firearms divided by number of residents).[1][2][3]

The Small Arms Survey 2007[1] provides an estimate of the total number of known civilian-owned guns in a country per 100 people. These numbers do not clarify which percentage of the population owns those guns.

The ownership rate reported is the average estimate taken from a survey from the Small Arms Survey 2007.[1] This survey also gives the minimum and maximum estimates, which are based on other surveys with estimations. Note that for some countries, this margin of error is considerable. For example, Yemen, ranked near the top with an ownership rate of 54.8, has a low estimate of 28.6 and a high estimate of 81.1. While the United States is ranked for the highest gun ownership rate unambiguously, Yemen (based on the margin of error) may rank anywhere between 2nd and 18th.

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List of countries by estimated number of guns per capitaEdit

Data was acquired by GunPolicy.org and are mainly based on second-hand surveys from 2007 (Karp, Aaron. 2007. "Completing the Count: Civilian firearms - Annexe online." Small Arms Survey 2007: Guns and the City. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 27 August) and 1999 (United Nations. 1999. "Analysis of Country Responses." United Nations International Study on Firearm Regulation.) Updated figures are calculated figures by gunpolicy.org.[4] The figures cited are estimates for "private gun ownership (both licit and illicit)".

  • Italics in this list indicate there are several states with limited recognition.
Rank Country Guns per 100
Residents
Notes
1   United States 101[5][6] According to the Congressional Research Service, as of 2009 there were roughly twice as many guns per capita in the United States as there were in 1968: more than 300 million guns in all.[5][7]
2   Serbia 58.21[8]
3   Yemen 54.8
4   Cyprus 36.4[9]
5   Saudi Arabia 35
6   Finland 34.2
7   Iraq 34.2
8   Uruguay 31.8
9   Norway 31.3
10   France 31.2
11   Canada 30.8
12   Austria 30.4 The source for this number is a WFSA white paper from 2000,[1] which in turn cites "Personal communication from the head of Austrian Arms Traders Assoziation",[10] actual number may vary significantly.
13   Iceland 30.3
14   Germany 30.3
15   Oman 25.5
16   Bahrain 24.8
17   Kuwait 24.8
18    Switzerland 24.45 figures from 2016[11]
19   Republic of Macedonia 24.1
20   Australia 24.1[12] The state of Tasmania has the highest gun ownership in Australia with 25+ guns per 100 people.[13]
21   Montenegro 23.1
22   New Zealand 22.6
23   Greece 22.5
24   United Arab Emirates 22.1
25   Croatia 21.7
26   Panama 21.7
27   Sweden 21 According to the Swedish National Police Agency in 2006, there were a total of 656,000 individuals who had a license for one or more guns;[14] 6.5% of the population. There were 2,032,000 guns or 21 guns per 100 residents. Of the 2,032,000 guns, 959,000 were rifles, 726,000 shotguns, 122,000 combination rifles, 88,000 pistols, 55,000 revolvers, 3,000 automatic guns and 78,000 weapons parts.
28   Lebanon 21
29   Equatorial Guinea 19.9
30   Qatar 19.2
31   Latvia 19
32   Peru 18.8
33   Angola 17.3
34   Bosnia and Herzegovina 17.3
35   Belgium 17.2
36   Paraguay 17
37   Czech Republic 16.3
38   Thailand 15.6
39   Libya 15.5
40   Luxembourg 15.3
41   Mexico 15
42   Mauritius 14.7
43   Guyana 14.6
44   Gabon 14
45   Slovenia 13.5
46   Suriname 13.4
47   Guatemala 13.1
48   South Africa 12.7
49   Namibia 12.6
50   Armenia 12.5
51   Turkey 12.5
52   Denmark 12
53   Italy 11.9
54   Malta 11.9
55   Pakistan 11.6
56   Jordan 11.5
57   Chile 10.7
58   Venezuela 10.7 The number displayed in this table is very likely a significant underestimation. The actual number of guns per 100 persons may vary to more, with an unestimated number of illegal firearms held by civilians, around to 9 to 15 million.[15]
59   Spain 10.4
60   Argentina 10.2
-  World 10.2
61   Belize 10
62   Costa Rica 9.9
63   Estonia 9.2
64   Somalia 9.1
65   Transnistria 9.1
66   Russia 8.9
67   Zambia 8.9
68   Albania 8.6
69   Portugal 8.5
70   Slovakia 8.3
71   Jamaica 8.1
72   Brazil 8
73   Barbados 7.8
74   Nicaragua 7.7
75   Algeria 7.6
76   Belarus 7.3
77   Georgia 7.3
78   Iran 7.3
79   Israel 7.3
80   Moldova 7.1
81   Ukraine 6.6
82   United Kingdom 6.6
83   Maldives 6.5
84   Kenya 6.4
85   Swaziland 6.4
86   Bulgaria 6.2
87   Honduras 6.2
88   Colombia 5.9
89   El Salvador 5.8
90   Hungary 5.5
91   Sudan
  South Sudan
5.5
92   Cape Verde 5.4
93   Seychelles 5.4
94   Bahamas 5.3
95   Dominican Republic 5.1
96   Mozambique 5.1
97   Morocco 5
98   Botswana 4.9
99   China 4.9
100   Cuba 4.8
101   Philippines 4.7
102   Afghanistan 4.6
103   Republic of China (Taiwan) 4.6
104   Zimbabwe 4.6
105   Cambodia 4.3
106   Ireland 4.3
107   India 4.2
108   Myanmar 4
109   Netherlands 3.9
110   Syria 3.9
111   Turkmenistan 3.8
112   Azerbaijan 3.5
113   Egypt 3.5
114   Bhutan 3.5
115   Palestine 3.4
116   Bolivia 2.8
117   Cameroon 2.8
118   Djibouti 2.8
119   Congo 2.7
120   Lesotho 2.7
121   Côte d'Ivoire 2.4
122   Senegal 2
123   Mongolia 1.9
124   Comoros 1.8
125   Vietnam 1.7
126   Guinea-Bissau 1.6
127   Liberia 1.6
128   Mauritania 1.6
129   Trinidad and Tobago 1.6
130   Malaysia 1.5
131   Nigeria 1.5
132   Sri Lanka 1.5
133   Uzbekistan 1.5
134   Benin 1.4
135   Brunei 1.4
136   Democratic Republic of the Congo 1.4
137   Tanzania 1.4
138   Uganda 1.4
139   Ecuador 1.3
140   Kazakhstan 1.3
141   Poland 1.3 According to police statistics there was 1 gun per 100 people as of 2015.[16]
142   Burundi 1.2
143   Laos 1.2
144   Guinea 1.2
145   Papua New Guinea 1.2
146   Burkina Faso 1.1
147   Chad 1.1
148   South Korea 1.1
149   Mali 1.1
150   Central African Republic 1
151   Tajikistan 1
152   Togo 1
153   Kyrgyzstan 0.9
154   Gambia 0.8
155   Madagascar 0.8
156     Nepal 0.8
157   Lithuania 0.7
158   Malawi 0.7
159   Niger 0.7
160   Romania 0.7
161   Haiti 0.6
162   Japan 0.6
163   North Korea 0.6
164   Rwanda 0.6
165   Sierra Leone 0.6
166   Bangladesh 0.5
167   Eritrea 0.5
168   Fiji 0.5
169   Indonesia 0.5
170   Singapore 0.5
171   Ethiopia 0.4
172   Ghana 0.4
173   Solomon Islands 0.4
174   Timor-Leste 0.3
175   Tunisia 0.1

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e Keith Krause, Eric G. Berman, eds. (August 2007). "Small Arms Survey 2007 – Chapter 2. Completing the Count: Civilian Firearms". Geneva, Switzerland: Small Arms Survey. Retrieved 2013-06-20. 
  2. ^ Vladeta Ajdacic-Gross, Martin Killias, Urs Hepp, Erika Gadola, Matthias Bopp, Christoph Lauber, Ulrich Schnyder, Felix Gutzwiller, Wulf Rössler (October 2006). "Firearm suicides and the availability of firearms: analysis of longitudinal international data". Rockville Pike, Bethesda MD, USA: US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health. PMC 1586136 . 
  3. ^ Martin Killias (1993). "Gun Ownership, Suicide and Homicide: An International Perspective" (PDF). Turin, Italy: United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute. Archived from the original (PDF) on 24 December 2013. Retrieved 20 March 2016. 
  4. ^ "Armed violence and gun laws, country by country". Surry Hills, New South Wales, Australia: GunPolicy.org. Retrieved 2016-03-20.  The figures by gunpolicy.org are still based mainly on 'Karp, Aaron. 2007' and 'United Nations. 1999'. They are only adjusted by calculation for more recent years, at best.
  5. ^ a b "Guns In America, By The Numbers". National Public Radio. January 5, 2016. 
  6. ^ "US Population by Year". multpl.com. 
  7. ^ "Gun Control Legislation" (PDF). Congressional Research Service. November 14, 2012: 9. 
  8. ^ "Serbia - South Eastern Europe: Weapons Possession Per 100 Inhabitants". 
  9. ^ Alpers, Philip. "Guns in Cyprus — Firearms, gun law and gun control". 
  10. ^ Császár, Franz (2000). "Gun Control and the Reduction of the Number of Arms" (PDF). Gun Owners of South Africa. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-07-21. 
  11. ^ "Guns in Switzerland: Facts, Figures and Firearm Law". Gunpolicy.org. University of Sydney School of Public Health. 2016. Retrieved 2017-04-20.  External link in |work= (help)
  12. ^ "Licensed gun owners are stockpiling extra weapons, more than a million guns have been registered since 2012". Adelaide Now. 2012. Retrieved 2017-10-03. 
  13. ^ Alpers, Philip. "Guns in Tasmania — Firearms, gun law and gun control". www.gunpolicy.org. Retrieved 2017-08-11. 
  14. ^ "Arms legislation etc" (PDF) (in Swedish). National Police control ice. 2006-05-31. 
  15. ^ P.G. (7 July 2014). "Crime in Venezuela: Guns and money". The Economist. The Economist. Retrieved 4 December 2015. 
  16. ^ "Liczba osób posiadających pozowlenie na broń - stan na dzień 31 grudnia 2015 r" (in Polish). Police. Retrieved 2016-02-03. 

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