Gun Ownership By Country 2019

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