Number of guns per capita by country
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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 say nothing about which percentage of the population owns those guns.
The figures also do not directly represent the number of guns available, since in some countries, such as Israel, a significant number of civilians have government-owned military guns in their possession, which would not be included in the figures below.
The ownership rate reported is the average estimate taken from a survey from 2007 by Small Arms Survey. This survey gives also 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, Switzerland anywhere between 4th and 17th.
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).
List of countries by 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.
|Country||Guns per 100
|United States||112.6||1||According to the Congressional Research Service, there are roughly twice as many guns per capita in the United States as there were in 1968: more than 300 million guns in all.|
|Switzerland||45.7[note 1]||4||Including the personal weapons of the militia. These arms are not taken home with military-issued ammunition. According to current estimations (2014), puts guns per 100 residents at 25.|
|Sweden||31.6||9||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.|
|Republic of Macedonia||24.1||20|
|United Arab Emirates||22.1||24|
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||17.3||34|
|Venezuela||10.7||58||The number displayed in this table is very likely a significant underestimation. The actual number of guns per 100 persons may be closer to 50, with an estimated 9-15 million illegal firearms held by civilians.|
|Israel||7.3||79||Figure does not include the significant number of government-owned military guns possessed by civilians|
|Sudan||5.5||91||Includes South Sudan|
|Trinidad and Tobago||1.6||129|
|Democratic Republic of the Congo||1.4||136|
|Poland||1.3||141||According to police statistics there was 1 gun per 100 people as of 2015. Only small pistols are allowed.|
|Papua New Guinea||1.2||145|
|Central African Republic||1||150|
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Notes and references
- This figure by gunpolicy.org is solely based on already second-hand surveys, of which the newest was published in 2007. But this survey again bases its estimation–there are no systematically collected figures available, at all–on further estimations again, which originate from the late 1990s and early 2000s.
- 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.
- 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 Istitutes of Health. Retrieved 2016-03-20.
- Martin Killias (1993). "Gun Ownership, Suicide and Homicide: An International Perspective" (PDF). Turin, Italy: United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute. Retrieved 2016-03-20.
- "Comparing murder rates and gun ownership across countries". Swarthmore, PA, USA: Crime Prevention Research Center. 31 March 2014.
- "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.
- Ingraham, Christopher (2015-10-05). "There are now more guns than people in the United States". The Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2015-10-05.
- Adrian Meyer (18 February 2014). "Waffenkammer Schweiz: So viele Waffen liegen bei Schweizern zu Hause" (in German). Zurich, switzerland: Blick. Retrieved 2015-10-03.
Damit kämen in der Schweiz rund 250 Waffen auf 1000 Einwohner.
- P.G. (7 July 2014). "Crime in Venezuela: Guns and money". The Economist. The Economist. Retrieved 4 December 2015.
- "Liczba osób posiadających pozowlenie na broń - stan na dzień 31 grudnia 2015 r." (in Polish). Police. Retrieved 2016-02-03.