Gun Ownership By Country 2020

Gun ownership varies greatly around the world. The only three countries that consider gun ownership a constitutional right are Mexico, Guatemala, and the United States. Over 175 countries allow their citizens to own firearms and many have specific regulations on ownership such as banning certain types of firearms.

Some countries with the most restrictive firearm laws are China, India, Japan, Singapore, and Vietnam. Firearms are banned in North Korea and Eritrea.

With the increasing threat of gun violence, particularly mass shootings in schools, places of worship, and stores, many people believe that gun laws should be revised and tightened.

Gun/firearm ownership rate is the number of civilian firearms per 100 people.

The United States has the highest gun ownership, with 120.5 civilian firearms per 100 people. There are an estimated 393,347,000 total firearms in the United State. This means that there are more guns than there are people. Many people in the United States do not own guns, and many people own multiple guns.

Taiwan and Indonesia have the lowest gun ownership rate of zero civilian firearms per 100 people. Guns, however, are not banned in either of these countries. Taiwan only allows shotguns, handguns, and regular rifles and a background check and license are required for all guns. In Indonesia, firearms are sold and handled by the Weapons Officers of the Indonesian National Police. Indonesian law requires a background check, no ties or connections to radical groups, and a completed firearms safety class on top of other basic qualifications.

The ten countries with the highest civilian gun ownership (number of firearms per 100 people) are:

  1. United States (120.5)
  2. Falkland Islands (62.1)
  3. Yemen (52.8)
  4. New Caledonia (42.5)
  5. Serbia (39.1)
  6. Montenegro (39.1)
  7. Uruguay (34.7)
  8. Canada (34.7)
  9. Cyprus (34)
  10. Finland (32.4)

Below is a table of gun ownership rates in every country.

* Rate is per 100,000 people. Only firearms in civilian possession are counted.
Country Firearms Rate Estimate of Total Firearms Population 2019
Taiwan010,00023,773,876
Indonesia082,000270,625,568
South Korea0.279,00051,225,308
Solomon Islands0.21,000669,823
Benin0.333,00011,801,151
Japan0.3377,000126,860,301
North Korea0.376,00025,666,161
Malawi0.347,00018,628,747
Timor Leste0.33,0001,293,119
Singapore0.320,0005,804,337
Ethiopia0.4377,000112,078,730
Eritrea0.423,0003,497,117
Bangladesh0.4659,000163,046,161
Tajikistan0.437,0009,321,018
Turkmenistan0.423,0005,942,089
Uzbekistan0.4127,00032,981,716
Fiji0.55,000889,953
Niger0.5117,00023,310,715
Marshall Islands0.530058,791
Palau0.510018,008
Rwanda0.566,00012,626,950
Sierra Leone0.535,0007,813,215
American Samoa0.740055,312
Madagascar0.7168,00026,969,307
Malaysia0.7217,00031,949,777
Kiribati0.8900117,606
Bhutan0.86,000763,092
Togo0.858,0008,082,366
Uganda0.8331,00044,269,594
Tanzania0.8427,00058,005,463
British Virgin Islands0.830030,030
Burkina Faso0.9175,00020,321,378
Zambia0.9158,00017,861,030
Chad1151,00015,946,876
Guinea1130,00012,771,246
Papua New Guinea179,0008,776,109
Palestine1.156,0004,981,420
Mali1.1206,00019,658,031
Tunisia1.1123,00011,694,719
Tuvalu1.210011,646
Brunei1.46,000433,285
Comoros1.512,000850,886
Kenya1.5750,00052,573,973
Nepal1.5444,00028,608,710
Guinea Bissau1.529,0001,920,922
Myanmar1.6877,00054,045,420
Vietnam1.61,562,00096,462,106
Central African Republic1.894,0004,745,185
Burundi2238,00011,530,580
Peru2633,00032,510,453
Bolivia2218,00011,513,100
Senegal2323,00016,296,364
Algeria2.1877,00043,053,054
Cameroon2.1510,00025,876,380
Cuba2.1234,00011,333,483
Liberia2.197,0004,937,374
Sri Lanka2.4494,00021,323,733
Ecuador2.4402,00017,373,662
French Polynesia2.57,000279,287
Poland2.5968,00037,887,768
Haiti2.6291,00011,263,077
Netherlands2.6442,00017,097,130
Aruba2.63,000106,314
Northern Mariana Islands2.61,00057,216
Romania2.6506,00019,364,557
Kazakhstan2.8504,00018,551,427
Kyrgyzstan2.8171,0006,415,850
Mauritania2.8120,0004,525,696
Zimbabwe2.8455,00014,645,468
Laos3215,0007,169,455
Moldova3121,0004,043,263
Djibouti3.128,000973,560
Nigeria3.26,154,000200,963,599
Trinidad And Tobago3.243,0001,394,973
Turks And Caicos Islands3.31,00038,191
Gabon3.461,0002,172,579
Saint Kitts And Nevis3.42,00052,823
Saint Lucia3.46,000182,790
Saint Vincent And The Grenadines3.44,000110,589
Barbados3.510,000287,025
China3.649,735,0001,433,783,686
Azerbaijan3.6362,00010,047,718
Hong Kong3.6265,0007,436,154
Macau3.622,000640,445
Philippines3.63,776,000108,116,615
Vanuatu3.911,000299,882
Gibraltar4.11,00033,701
Seychelles4.14,00097,739
Botswana4.197,0002,303,697
Egypt4.13,931,000100,388,073
Saint Martin4.22,00038,002
Ivory Coast4.41,049,00025,716,544
Cambodia4.5717,00016,486,542
Mozambique4.51,337,00030,366,036
Grenada4.65,000112,003
Bermuda4.63,00062,506
United Kingdom4.62,731,00067,530,172
Lesotho4.8105,0002,125,268
Morocco4.81,690,00036,471,769
Estonia565,0001,325,648
Nicaragua5.2323,0006,545,502
India5.371,101,0001,366,417,754
Antigua And Barbuda5.45,00097,118
Montserrat5.43004,989
Cape Verde5.731,000549,935
Belarus6.1581,0009,452,411
Armenia6.1186,0002,957,731
Dominica6.25,00071,808
Maldives6.223,000530,953
Gambia6.5137,0002,347,706
Slovakia6.5355,0005,457,013
Sudan6.62,768,00042,813,238
Israel6.7557,0008,519,377
Ireland7.2342,0004,882,495
Iran7.35,890,00082,913,906
Dominican Republic7.4795,00010,738,958
Argentina7.43,256,00044,780,677
Spain7.53,464,00046,736,776
Mongolia7.9242,0003,225,167
Ghana82,280,00030,417,856
Tonga89,000104,494
Syria8.21,547,00017,070,135
Mauritius8.3106,0001,269,668
Brazil8.317,510,000211,049,527
Bulgaria8.4590,0007,000,119
Guadeloupe8.540,000400,056
Martinique8.534,000375,554
Jamaica8.8246,0002,948,279
Cayman Islands9.26,00064,948
South Sudan9.61,255,00011,062,113
South Africa9.75,351,00058,558,270
Denmark9.9567,0005,771,876
Faroe Islands9.95,00048,678
Ukraine9.94,396,00043,993,638
Costa Rica10493,0005,047,561
Belize1037,000390,353
Colombia10.14,971,00050,339,443
Georgia10.1402,0003,996,765
Samoa10.120,000197,097
Hungary10.51,023,0009,684,679
Latvia10.5205,0001,906,743
Panama10.8436,0004,246,439
Angola11.22,982,00031,825,295
Guam11.520,000167,294
Puerto Rico11.5422,0002,933,408
El Salvador12737,0006,453,553
Albania12350,0002,880,917
Chile12.12,220,00018,952,038
Guatemala12.12,062,00017,581,472
Russia12.317,620,000145,872,256
Czech Republic12.51,323,00010,689,209
Equatorial Guinea12.5112,0001,355,986
Afghanistan12.54,270,00038,041,754
Belgium12.71,451,00011,539,328
Bahrain12.8181,0001,641,172
Mexico12.916,809,000127,575,529
Libya13.3851,0006,777,452
Lithuania13.6385,0002,759,627
Croatia13.7576,0004,130,304
Andorra14.110,00077,142
Honduras14.11,171,0009,746,117
Italy14.48,609,00060,550,075
San Marino14.45,00033,860
Australia14.53,573,00025,203,198
Thailand15.110,342,00069,625,582
Namibia15.4396,0002,494,530
Slovenia15.6324,0002,078,654
Guyana15.8122,000782,766
Suriname15.988,000581,372
Turkey16.513,249,00083,429,615
Kuwait16.7685,0004,207,083
Oman16.7792,0004,974,986
Paraguay16.71,140,0007,044,636
Qatar16.7390,0002,832,067
Saudi Arabia16.75,468,00034,268,528
United Arab Emirates16.71,569,0009,770,529
Greece17.61,920,00010,473,455
Venezuela18.55,895,00028,515,829
Jordan18.71,473,00010,101,694
Bahamas18.874,000389,482
Luxembourg18.9110,000615,729
France19.612,732,00065,129,728
French Guiana19.655,000290,832
Germany19.615,822,00083,517,045
Iraq19.67,588,00039,309,783
Monaco19.67,00038,964
Portugal21.32,186,00010,226,187
Greenland22.313,00056,672
Pakistan22.343,917,000216,565,318
Sweden23.12,296,00010,036,379
New Zealand26.31,212,0004,783,063
Switzerland27.62,332,0008,591,365
Malta28.3119,000440,372
Liechtenstein28.811,00038,019
Norway28.81,537,0005,378,857
Macedonia29.8621,0002,083,459
Austria302,577,0008,955,102
Bosnia And Herzegovina31.21,185,0003,301,000
Iceland31.7106,000339,031
Lebanon31.91,927,0006,855,713
Finland32.41,793,0005,532,156
Cyprus34285,0001,198,575
Canada34.712,708,00037,411,047
Uruguay34.71,198,0003,461,734
Montenegro39.1245,000627,987
Serbia39.12,719,0008,772,235
New Caledonia42.5115,000282,750
Yemen52.814,859,00029,161,922
Falkland Islands62.12,0003,377
United States120.5393,347,000329,064,917