Estimated 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 do not clarify 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. Israel's gun ownership rate is only one thirteenth of that of the United States, partly because it limits gun ownership to "security workers, people who transport valuables or explosives, residents of the West Bank, and hunters."
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, 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.
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)".
- Italics in this list indicate there are several states with limited recognition.
|Rank||Country||Guns per 100
|1||United States||112.6||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.|
|9||Sweden||31.6||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.|
|13||Austria||30.4||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.|
|19||Switzerland||24.45||figures from 2016|
|20||Republic of Macedonia||24.1|
|24||United Arab Emirates||22.1|
|26||Australia||24.1||The state of Tasmania has the highest gun ownership in Australia with 25+ guns per 100 people.|
|34||Bosnia and Herzegovina||17.3|
|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 millions.|
|79||Israel||7.3||Figure does not include the significant number of government-owned military guns possessed by civilians.|
|103||Republic of China (Taiwan)||4.6|
|129||Trinidad and Tobago||1.6|
|136||Democratic Republic of the Congo||1.4|
|141||Poland||1.3||According to police statistics there was 1 gun per 100 people as of 2015.|
|145||Papua New Guinea||1.2|
|150||Central African Republic||1|
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Notes and references
- 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 Institutes of Health. PMC .
- 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.
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- "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.
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