Estimated number of guns per capita by country
This article needs to be updated.(April 2017)
The Small Arms Survey 2007 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. 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, Iraq or the Middle Eastern countries, 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.
List of countries by estimated number of guns per capita
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. The figures cited are estimates for "private gun ownership (both licit and illicit)". The rate for the world overall is 10.2 guns per 100 residents.
- Italics in this list indicate there are several states with limited recognition.
- Row numbers on the left are fixed.
- "Notes" column links to notes section below the chart.
- United States. According to the Congressional Research Service, as of 2009[update] 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. 50% of U.S. guns are owned by 3% of the population.
- Austria. The source for this number is a WFSA white paper from 2000, which in turn cites "Personal communication from the head of Austrian Arms Traders Assoziation"; actual number may vary significantly.
- Germany. The number of legal guns in Germany is about 7 per 100 residents. There are no reliable figures on the number of illegal guns in Germany. The figure of 20 million illicit guns (~24 per 100 residents) that is often cited on the web is an estimate attributed to the GdP, Germany's largest police union. This number is wildly out of range with the UN Office on Drugs and Crime's estimate on illicit guns (10% of the number of legal guns, corresponding to 0.5 million illicit guns or ~0.7 per 100 residents).
- Finland. 1.5 million guns in 2016 in the official registry.
- Switzerland. figures from 2016
- Sweden. 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; 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.
- Australia. The state of Tasmania has the highest gun ownership in Australia with 28 legal firearms for every 100 people.
- Venezuela. 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.
- United Kingdom. Data for England and Wales only
- Cuba. The information appears to be incorrect. Private citizens in Cuba are not allowed to own guns. Only the military and police may carry weapons issued and owned by the government.
- Poland. According to police statistics there was 1 gun per 100 people as of 2015.
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