Number of guns per capita by country

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Map of civilian guns per capita by country according to the "Small Arms Survey 2007"

This is a list of countries by guns per capita (number of privately owned small firearms divided by number of residents).[1][2][3][4]

Despite concerns that it contains systematic errors, the Small Arms Survey 2007,[3] provides an estimate of the total number of known civilian-owned guns in a country per 100 people of that country.

As some people may possess multiple firearms and in many countries such as Israel and Switzerland people may possess the guns for decades while the government technically owns the guns, this number does not necessarily represent the percentage of people who possess guns in each country.[5] Indeed, the errors in these numbers alter cross-country comparisons.[5]

The ownership rate reported is the average estimate taken from "The largest civilian firearms arsenals for 178 countries. That table gives also the minimum and maximum estimates. 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, Switzerland anywhere between 2nd and 16th.

The lowest gun ownership rate among the 178 countries surveyed as of 2007 was reported from Tunisia, with 0.1 (or a total number of 9,000 guns), due to very strict gun control under the Ben Ali regime (compare the rates of the neighboring states, Algeria: 7.6, Libya: 15.5).

The United States owns more guns per resident, at around 0.89, than any other nation in the world. The U.S. has over 50% more firearms per capita than the next two highest nations, Serbia and Yemen at about 0.55 and three times as many as major European countries such as France and Germany.

List of countries by number of guns per capital[edit]

Country Guns per 100
residents (2014)
Rank
(2014)
Notes
 United States 90.0 1
 Serbia 58.2 2 [6] 37.8[3]
 Yemen 54.8 3
 Switzerland 45.7 4
 Finland 45.3 5
 Cyprus 36.1 6
 Saudi Arabia 35 7
 Iraq 34.2 8
 Uruguay 31.8 9
 Sweden 31.6 10
 Norway 31.3 11
 France 31.2 12
 Canada 30.8 13
 Austria 30.4 14
 Germany 30.3 15
 Iceland 30.3 15
 Oman 25.5 17
 Bahrain 24.8 18
 Kuwait 24.8 18
 Republic of Macedonia 24.1 20
 Montenegro 23.1 21
 New Zealand 22.6 22 Small firearms not permitted to general public. 26.8[2]
 Greece 22.5 23
 United Arab Emirates 22.1 24
 Northern Ireland 21.9 25
 Croatia 21.7 26
 Panama 21.7 26
 Lebanon 21 28
 Equatorial Guinea 19.9 29
 Qatar 19.2 31
 Latvia 19 32
 Peru 18.8 33
 Angola 17.3 34
 Bosnia and Herzegovina 17.3 34
 Belgium 17.2 36
 Paraguay 17 37
 Czech Republic 16.3 38
 Thailand 15.6 39
 Libya 15.5 40
 Luxembourg 15.3 41
 Australia 15 42
 Mexico 15 42
 Mauritius 14.7 44
 Guyana 14.6 45
 Gabon 14 46
 Slovenia 13.5 47
 Suriname 13.4 48
 Guatemala 13.1 49
 South Africa 12.7 50
 Namibia 12.6 51
 Armenia 12.5 52
 Turkey 12.5 52
 Denmark 12 54
 Italy 11.9 55
 Malta 11.9 55
 Pakistan 11.6 57
 Jordan 11.5 58
 Chile 10.7 59
 Venezuela 10.7 59
 Spain 10.4 61
 Argentina 10.2 62
 Belize 10 63
 Costa Rica 9.9 64
 Estonia 9.2 65
 Somalia 9.1 66
 Transnistria 9.1 66
 Russia 8.9 68
 Zambia 8.9 68
 Albania 8.6 70
 Ireland 8.6 70
 Portugal 8.5 72
 Slovakia 8.3 73
 Jamaica 8.1 74
 Brazil 8 75
 Barbados 7.8 76
 Nicaragua 7.7 77
 Algeria 7.6 78
 Belarus 7.3 79
 Georgia 7.3 79
 Iran 7.3 79
 Israel 7.3 79
 Moldova 7.1 83
 Ukraine 6.6 84
 Maldives 6.5 85
 Kenya 6.4 86
 Swaziland 6.4 86
 Bulgaria 6.2 88
EnglandWales England and Wales 6.2 88
 Honduras 6.2 88
 Colombia 5.9 91
 El Salvador 5.8 92
 Hungary 5.5 93
 Scotland 5.5 93
 Sudan 5.5 93 Includes South Sudan
 Cape Verde 5.4 96
 Seychelles 5.4 96
 Bahamas 5.3 98
 Dominican Republic 5.1 99
 Mozambique 5.1 99
 Morocco 5 101
 Botswana 4.9 102
 China 4.9 102
 Cuba 4.8 104
 Philippines 4.7 105
 Afghanistan 4.6 106
 Taiwan 4.6 106
 Zimbabwe 4.6 106
 Cambodia 4.3 109
 India 4.2 110
 Burma 4 111
 Netherlands 3.9 112
 Syria 3.9 112
 Turkmenistan 3.8 114
 Azerbaijan 3.5 115
 Egypt 3.5 115
 Bhutan 3.5 115
 Palestine 3.4 118
 Bolivia 2.8 119
 Cameroon 2.8 119
 Djibouti 2.8 119
 Congo 2.7 122
 Lesotho 2.7 122
 Ivory Coast 2.4 124
 Senegal 2 125
 Mongolia 1.9 126
 Comoros 1.8 127
 Vietnam 1.7 128
 Guinea-Bissau 1.6 129
 Liberia 1.6 129
 Mauritania 1.6 129
 Trinidad and Tobago 1.6 129
 Malaysia 1.5 133
 Nigeria 1.5 133
 Sri Lanka 1.5 133
 Uzbekistan 1.5 133
 Benin 1.4 137
 Brunei 1.4 137
 Democratic Republic of the Congo 1.4 137
 Tanzania 1.4 137
 Uganda 1.4 137
 Ecuador 1.3 142
 Kazakhstan 1.3 142
 Poland 1.3 142
 Burundi 1.2 145
 Laos 1.2 145
 Guinea 1.2 145
 Papua New Guinea 1.2 145
 Burkina Faso 1.1 149
 Chad 1.1 149
 South Korea 1.1 149
 Mali 1.1 149
 Central African Republic 1 153
 Tajikistan 1 153
 Togo 1 153
 Kyrgyzstan .9 156
 Gambia .8 157
 Madagascar .8 157
   Nepal .8 157
 Lithuania .7 160
 Malawi .7 160
 Niger .7 160
 Romania .7 160
 Haiti .6 164
 Japan .6 164
 North Korea .6 164
 Rwanda .6 164
 Sierra Leone .6 164
 Bangladesh .5 169
 Eritrea .5 169
 Fiji .5 169
 Indonesia .5 169
 Singapore .5 169
 Ethiopia .4 174
 Ghana .4 174
 Solomon Islands .4 174
 Timor-Leste .3 177
 Tunisia .1 178

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Vladeta Ajdacic-Gross, Martin Killias, Urs Hepp, Erika Gadola, Matthias Bopp, Christoph Lauber, Ulrich Schnyder, Felix Gutzwiller, Wulf Rössler. "Firearm suicides and the availability of firearms: analysis of longitudinal international data". Poster presented at the European Congress of Epidemiology, Utrecht. 
  2. ^ a b Martin Killias (1993). "Gun Ownership, Suicide and Homicide: An International Perspective". 
  3. ^ a b c Geneva Graduate Institute of International Studies. "Small Arms Survey 2007". Cambridge. 
  4. ^ Small Arms Survey 2007 Part 2
  5. ^ a b Crime Prevention Research Center (March 31, 2014). "Comparing murder rates and gun ownership across countries". 
  6. ^ .SEESAC. 2006. ‘South Eastern Europe: Weapons Possession Per 100 Inhabitants.’ South Eastern Europe: Estimates of Weapons Possession (Edition 2). Belgrade: South Eastern Europe Clearinghouse for the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons (SEESAC). 12 January.

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