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]

The numbers are based on the average of figures provided by the Small Arms Survey, in the Small Arms Survey 2007,[3] unless other sources are provided, and are an estimation based on dividing the total number of known civilian-owned guns in a country by the total population of that country. As some people may possess multiple firearms, this number does not necessarily represent the percentage of people who possess guns in each country.

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[edit]

CountryGuns per 100
residents (2007)
Rank
(2007)
Notes
 United States89.01
 Serbia58.22[5]
 Yemen54.83
  Switzerland45.74
 Finland45.3532[6]
 Cyprus36.16
 Saudi Arabia357
 Iraq34.28
 Uruguay31.89
 Sweden31.610
 Norway31.311
 France31.212
 Canada30.813
 Austria30.414
 Germany30.315
 Iceland30.315
 Oman25.517
 Bahrain24.818
 Kuwait24.818
 Republic of Macedonia24.120
 Montenegro23.121
 New Zealand22.62226.8[2]
 Greece22.523
 United Arab Emirates22.124
 Northern Ireland21.925
 Croatia21.726
 Panama21.726
 Lebanon2128
 Equatorial Guinea19.929
 Qatar19.231
 Latvia1932
 Peru18.833
 Angola17.334
 Bosnia and Herzegovina17.334
 Belgium17.236
 Paraguay1737
 Czech Republic16.338
 Thailand15.639
 Libya15.540
 Luxembourg15.341
 Australia1542
 Mexico1542
 Mauritius14.744
 Guyana14.645
 Gabon1446
 Slovenia13.547
 Suriname13.448
 Guatemala13.149
 South Africa12.750
 Namibia12.651
 Armenia12.552
 Turkey12.552
 Denmark1254
 Italy11.955
 Malta11.955
 Pakistan11.657
 Jordan11.558
 Chile10.759
 Venezuela10.759
 Spain10.461
 Argentina10.262
 Belize1063
 Costa Rica9.964
 Estonia9.265
 Somalia9.166
 Transnistria9.166
 Russia8.968
 Zambia8.968
 Albania8.670
 Ireland8.670
 Portugal8.572
 Slovakia8.373
 Jamaica8.174
 Brazil875
 Barbados7.876
 Nicaragua7.777
 Algeria7.678
 Belarus7.379
 Georgia7.379
 Iran7.379
 Israel7.379
 Moldova7.183
 Ukraine6.684
 Maldives6.585
 Kenya6.486
 Swaziland6.486
 Bulgaria6.288
EnglandWales England and Wales6.288
 Honduras6.288
 Colombia5.991
 El Salvador5.892
 Hungary5.593
 Scotland5.593
 Sudan5.593Includes South Sudan
 Cape Verde5.496
 Seychelles5.496
 Bahamas5.398
 Dominican Republic5.199
 Mozambique5.199
 Morocco5101
 Botswana4.9102
 China4.9102
 Cuba4.8104
 Philippines4.7105
 Afghanistan4.6106
 Taiwan4.6106
 Zimbabwe4.6106
 Cambodia4.3109
 India4.2110
 Burma4111
 Netherlands3.9112
 Syria3.9112
 Turkmenistan3.8114
 Azerbaijan3.5115
 Egypt3.5115
 Bhutan3.5115
 Palestine3.4118
 Bolivia2.8119
 Cameroon2.8119
 Djibouti2.8119
 Congo2.7122
 Lesotho2.7122
 Ivory Coast2.4124
 Senegal2125
 Mongolia1.9126
 Comoros1.8127
 Vietnam1.7128
 Guinea-Bissau1.6129
 Liberia1.6129
 Mauritania1.6129
 Trinidad and Tobago1.6129
 Malaysia1.5133
 Nigeria1.5133
 Sri Lanka1.5133
 Uzbekistan1.5133
 Benin1.4137
 Brunei1.4137
 Democratic Republic of the Congo1.4137
 Tanzania1.4137
 Uganda1.4137
 Ecuador1.3142
 Kazakhstan1.3142
 Poland1.3142
 Burundi1.2145
 Laos1.2145
 Guinea1.2145
 Papua New Guinea1.2145
 Burkina Faso1.1149
 Chad1.1149
 South Korea1.1149
 Mali1.1149
 Central African Republic1153
 Tajikistan1153
 Togo1153
 Kyrgyzstan.9156
 Gambia.8157
 Madagascar.8157
   Nepal.8157
 Lithuania.7160
 Malawi.7160
 Niger.7160
 Romania.7160
 Haiti.6164
 Japan.6164
 North Korea.6164
 Rwanda.6164
 Sierra Leone.6164
 Bangladesh.5169
 Eritrea.5169
 Fiji.5169
 Indonesia.5169
 Singapore.5169
 Ethiopia.4174
 Ghana.4174
 Solomon Islands.4174
 Timor-Leste.3177
 Tunisia.1178

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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 Geneva Graduate Institute of International Studies. "Small Arms Survey 2007". Cambridge. 
  4. ^ Small Arms Survey 2007 Part 2
  5. ^ .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.
  6. ^ Sisäasiainministeriö (29.08.2007). "Suomen aserekisterissä on noin 1,6 miljoonaa asetta" (in Finnish). Finnish Interior Ministry. Retrieved 18 December 2012. "[Finland's] Ministry of the Interior wants to correct today, a Swiss study claiming that firearm ownership by the public in Finland, using registers for the number of weapons. Ministry of the Interior maintained that the number of firearms is approximately 1 620 000." 

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