How many guns are there in the world?

How many guns are there in the world?

U.S. citizens own 270 million of the world’s 875 million known firearms, according to the Small Arms Survey 2007 by the Geneva-based Graduate Institute of International Studies.

About 4.5 million of the 8 million new guns manufactured worldwide each year are purchased in the United States.

“There is roughly one firearm for every seven people worldwide. Without the United States, though, this drops to about one firearm per 10 people,” it said.

India had the world’s second-largest civilian gun arsenal, with an estimated 46 million firearms outside law enforcement and the military, though this represented just four guns per 100 people there. China, ranked third with 40 million privately held guns, had 3 firearms per 100 people.

Germany, France, Pakistan, Mexico, Brazil and Russia were next in the ranking of country’s overall civilian gun arsenals.

Handguns are displayed in a Little Rock gun shop in an undated file photo. The United States has 90 guns for every 100 citizens, making it the most heavily armed society in the world, a report released on Tuesday said. REUTERS/Jeff Mitchell

On a per-capita basis, Yemen had the second most heavily armed citizenry behind the United States, with 61 guns per 100 people, followed by Finland with 56, Switzerland with 46, Iraq with 39 and Serbia with 38.

France, Canada, Sweden, Austria and Germany were next, each with about 30 guns per 100 people, while many poorer countries often associated with violence ranked much lower. Nigeria, for instance, had just one gun per 100 people.

“Firearms are very unevenly distributed around the world. The image we have of certain regions such as Africa or Latin America being awash with weapons — these images are certainly misleading,” Small Arms Survey director Keith Krause said.

“Weapons ownership may be correlated with rising levels of wealth, and that means we need to think about future demand in parts of the world where economic growth is giving people larger disposable income,” he told a Geneva news conference.

The report, which relied on government data, surveys and media reports to estimate the size of world arsenals, estimated there were 650 million civilian firearms worldwide, and 225 million held by law enforcement and military forces.

Five years ago, the Small Arms Survey had estimated there were a total of just 640 million firearms globally.

Estimated number of guns per capita

1 United States101[5][6]According to the Congressional Research Service, as of 2009 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.[5][7]
2 Serbia58.21[8]
3 Yemen54.8
4 Cyprus36.4[9]
5 Saudi Arabia35
6 Iraq34.2
7 Uruguay31.8
8 Norway31.3
9 France31.2
10 Canada30.8
11 Austria30.4The source for this number is a WFSA white paper from 2000,[1] which in turn cites “Personal communication from the head of Austrian Arms Traders Assoziation”,[10] actual number may vary significantly.
12 Iceland30.3
13 Germany30.3
14 Finland27.21.5 million guns in 2016 in the official registry [11]
15 Oman25.5
16 Bahrain24.8
17 Kuwait24.8
18  Switzerland24.45figures from 2016[12]
19 Republic of Macedonia24.1
20 Australia24.1[13]The state of Tasmania has the highest gun ownership in Australia with 28 legal firearms for every 100 people.[14]
21 Montenegro23.1
22 New Zealand22.6
23 Greece22.5
24 United Arab Emirates22.1
25 Croatia21.7
26 Panama21.7
27 Sweden21According 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;[15] 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.
28 Lebanon21
29 Equatorial Guinea19.9
30 Qatar19.2
31 Latvia19
32 Peru18.8
33 Angola17.3
34 Bosnia and Herzegovina17.3
35 Belgium17.2
36 Paraguay17
37 Czech Republic16.3
38 Thailand15.6
39 Libya15.5
40 Luxembourg15.3
41 Mexico15
42 Mauritius14.7
43 Guyana14.6
44 Gabon14
45 Slovenia13.5
46 Suriname13.4
47 Guatemala13.1
48 South Africa12.7
49 Namibia12.6
50 Armenia12.5
51 Turkey12.5
52 Denmark12
53 Italy11.9
54 Malta11.9
55 Pakistan11.6
56 Jordan11.5
57 Chile10.7
58 Venezuela10.7The 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.[16]
59 Spain10.4
60 Argentina10.2
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61 Belize10
62 Costa Rica9.9
63 Estonia9.2
64 Somalia9.1
65 Transnistria9.1
66 Russia8.9
67 Zambia8.9
68 Albania8.6
69 Portugal8.5
70 Slovakia8.3
71 Jamaica8.1
72 Brazil8
73 Barbados7.8
74 Nicaragua7.7
75 Algeria7.6
76 Belarus7.3
77 Georgia7.3
78 Iran7.3
79 Israel7.3
80 Moldova7.1
81 Ukraine6.6
82 United Kingdom6.2Data for England and Wales only
83 Maldives6.5
84 Kenya6.4
85 Swaziland6.4
86 Bulgaria6.2
87 Honduras6.2
88 Colombia5.9
89 El Salvador5.8
90 Hungary5.5
91 Sudan
 South Sudan
5.5
92 Cape Verde5.4
93 Seychelles5.4
94 Bahamas5.3
95 Dominican Republic5.1
96 Mozambique5.1
97 Morocco5
98 Botswana4.9
99 China4.9
100 Cuba4.8
101 Philippines4.7
102 Afghanistan4.6
103 Republic of China (Taiwan)4.6
104 Zimbabwe4.6
105 Cambodia4.3
106 Ireland4.3
107 India4.2
108 Myanmar4
109 Netherlands3.9
110 Syria3.9
111 Turkmenistan3.8
112 Azerbaijan3.5
113 Egypt3.5
114 Bhutan3.5
115 Palestine3.4
116 Bolivia2.8
117 Cameroon2.8
118 Djibouti2.8
119 Congo2.7
120 Lesotho2.7
121 Côte d’Ivoire2.4
122 Senegal2
123 Mongolia1.9
124 Comoros1.8
125 Vietnam1.7
126 Guinea-Bissau1.6
127 Liberia1.6
128 Mauritania1.6
129 Trinidad and Tobago1.6
130 Malaysia1.5
131 Nigeria1.5
132 Sri Lanka1.5
133 Uzbekistan1.5
134 Benin1.4
135 Brunei1.4
136 Democratic Republic of the Congo1.4
137 Tanzania1.4
138 Uganda1.4
139 Ecuador1.3
140 Kazakhstan1.3
141 Poland1.3According to police statistics there was 1 gun per 100 people as of 2015.[17]
142 Burundi1.2
143 Laos1.2
144 Guinea1.2
145 Papua New Guinea1.2
146 Burkina Faso1.1
147 Chad1.1
148 South Korea1.1
149 Mali1.1
150 Central African Republic1
151 Tajikistan1
152 Togo1
153 Kyrgyzstan0.9
154 Gambia0.8
155 Madagascar0.8
156  Nepal0.8
157 Lithuania0.7
158 Malawi0.7
159 Niger0.7
160 Romania0.7
161 Haiti0.6
162 Japan0.6
163 North Korea0.6
164 Rwanda0.6
165 Sierra Leone0.6
166 Bangladesh0.5
167 Eritrea0.5
168 Fiji0.5
169 Indonesia0.5
170 Singapore0.5
171 Ethiopia0.4
172 Ghana0.4
173 Solomon Islands0.4
174 Timor-Leste0.3
175 Tunisia0.1