Gun Ownership By Country 2021

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Gun ownership varies significantly 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 States. 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 necessary 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)

Gun Ownership By Country 2021

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Gun Ownership By Country 2021

* Rate is per 100,000 people. Only firearms in civilian possession are counted.
Country Firearms Rate Estimate of Total Firearms 2021 Population
United States120.5393,347,000332,915,073
Falkland Islands62.12,0003,533
Yemen52.814,859,00030,490,640
New Caledonia42.5115,000288,218
Montenegro39.1245,000628,053
Serbia39.12,719,0008,697,550
Uruguay34.71,198,0003,485,151
Canada34.712,708,00038,067,903
Cyprus34285,0001,215,584
Finland32.41,793,0005,548,360
Lebanon31.91,927,0006,769,146
Iceland31.7106,000343,353
Bosnia And Herzegovina31.21,185,0003,263,466
Austria302,577,0009,043,070
Liechtenstein28.811,00038,250
Norway28.81,537,0005,465,630
Malta28.3119,000442,784
Switzerland27.62,332,0008,715,494
New Zealand26.31,212,0004,860,643
Sweden23.12,296,00010,160,169
Greenland22.313,00056,877
Pakistan22.343,917,000225,199,937
Portugal21.32,186,00010,167,925
Monaco19.67,00039,511
French Guiana19.655,000306,448
Reunion19.6171,000901,686
Iraq19.67,588,00041,179,350
France19.612,732,00065,426,179
Germany19.615,822,00083,900,473
Luxembourg18.9110,000634,814
Bahamas18.874,000396,913
Jordan18.71,473,00010,269,021
Venezuela18.55,895,00028,704,954
Greece17.61,920,00010,370,744
Qatar16.7390,0002,930,528
Kuwait16.7685,0004,328,550
Oman16.7792,0005,223,375
Paraguay16.71,140,0007,219,638
United Arab Emirates16.71,569,0009,991,089
Saudi Arabia16.75,468,00035,340,683
United States Virgin Islands16.618,000104,226
Turkey16.513,249,00085,042,738
Suriname15.988,000591,800
Guyana15.8122,000790,326
Slovenia15.6324,0002,078,724
Namibia15.4396,0002,587,344
Thailand15.110,342,00069,950,850
Australia14.53,573,00025,788,215
San Marino14.45,00034,017
Italy14.48,609,00060,367,477
Andorra14.110,00077,355
Honduras14.11,171,00010,062,991
Croatia13.7576,0004,081,651
Lithuania13.6385,0002,689,862
Libya13.3851,0006,958,532
Mexico12.916,809,000130,262,216
Bahrain12.8181,0001,748,296
Belgium12.71,451,00011,632,326
Equatorial Guinea12.5112,0001,449,896
Czech Republic12.51,323,00010,724,555
Afghanistan12.54,270,00039,835,428
Somalia12.41,145,00016,359,504
Russia12.317,620,000145,912,025
Guatemala12.12,062,00018,249,860
Chile12.12,220,00019,212,361
Albania12350,0002,872,933
El Salvador12737,0006,518,499
Guam11.520,000170,179
Puerto Rico11.5422,0002,828,255
Angola11.22,982,00033,933,610
Panama10.8436,0004,381,579
Latvia10.5205,0001,866,942
Hungary10.51,023,0009,634,164
Samoa10.120,000200,149
Georgia10.1402,0003,979,765
Colombia10.14,971,00051,265,844
Belize1037,000404,914
Costa Rica10493,0005,139,052
Faroe Islands9.95,00049,049
Denmark9.9567,0005,813,298
Ukraine9.94,396,00043,466,819
South Africa9.75,351,00060,041,994
South Sudan9.61,255,00011,381,378
Cayman Islands9.26,00066,497
Jamaica8.8246,0002,973,463
Saint Martin8.53,00039,234
Martinique8.534,000374,745
Guadeloupe8.540,000400,020
Bulgaria8.4590,0006,896,663
Mauritius8.3106,0001,273,433
Brazil8.317,510,000213,993,437
Syria8.21,547,00018,275,702
Tonga89,000106,760
Ghana82,280,00031,732,129
Mongolia7.9242,0003,329,289
Spain7.53,464,00046,745,216
Dominican Republic7.4795,00010,953,703
Argentina7.43,256,00045,605,826
Iran7.35,890,00085,028,759
Ireland7.2342,0004,982,907
Israel6.7557,0008,789,774
Sudan6.62,768,00044,909,353
Gambia6.5137,0002,486,945
Slovakia6.5355,0005,460,721
Dominica6.25,00072,167
Maldives6.223,000543,617
Armenia6.1186,0002,968,127
Belarus6.1581,0009,442,862
Cape Verde5.731,000561,898
Montserrat5.43004,977
Antigua And Barbuda5.45,00098,731
India5.371,101,0001,393,409,038
Nicaragua5.2323,0006,702,385
Estonia565,0001,325,185
Eswatini4.864,0001,172,362
Lesotho4.8105,0002,159,079
Morocco4.81,690,00037,344,795
Bermuda4.63,00062,090
Grenada4.65,000113,021
United Kingdom4.62,731,00068,207,116
Cambodia4.5717,00016,946,438
Mozambique4.51,337,00032,163,047
Ivory Coast4.41,049,00027,053,629
Gibraltar4.11,00033,698
Seychelles4.14,00098,908
Botswana4.197,0002,397,241
Egypt4.13,931,000104,258,327
Vanuatu3.911,000314,464
Macau3.622,000658,394
Hong Kong3.6265,0007,552,810
Azerbaijan3.6362,00010,223,342
Philippines3.63,776,000111,046,913
China3.649,735,0001,444,216,107
Barbados3.510,000287,711
Saint Kitts And Nevis3.42,00053,544
Saint Vincent And The Grenadines3.44,000111,263
Saint Lucia3.46,000184,400
Sao Tome And Principe3.47,000223,368
Gabon3.461,0002,278,825
Turks And Caicos Islands3.31,00039,231
Trinidad And Tobago3.243,0001,403,375
Nigeria3.26,154,000211,400,708
Djibouti3.128,0001,002,187
Moldova3121,0004,024,019
Laos3215,0007,379,358
Mauritania2.8120,0004,775,119
Kyrgyzstan2.8171,0006,628,356
Zimbabwe2.8455,00015,092,171
Kazakhstan2.8504,00018,994,962
Northern Mariana Islands2.61,00057,917
Aruba2.63,000107,204
Curacao2.64,000164,798
Haiti2.6291,00011,541,685
Netherlands2.6442,00017,173,099
Romania2.6506,00019,127,774
French Polynesia2.57,000282,530
Poland2.5968,00037,797,005
Republic Of The Congo2.4119,0005,657,013
Ecuador2.4402,00017,888,475
Sri Lanka2.4494,00021,497,310
Liberia2.197,0005,180,203
Cuba2.1234,00011,317,505
Cameroon2.1510,00027,224,265
Algeria2.1877,00044,616,624
Bolivia2218,00011,832,940
Burundi2238,00012,255,433
Senegal2323,00017,196,301
Peru2633,00033,359,418
Central African Republic1.894,0004,919,981
Myanmar1.6877,00054,806,012
Vietnam1.61,562,00098,168,833
Comoros1.512,000888,451
Guinea Bissau1.529,0002,015,494
Nepal1.5444,00029,674,920
Kenya1.5750,00054,985,698
Brunei1.46,000441,532
Tuvalu1.210011,931
Dr Congo1.2946,00092,377,993
Palestine1.156,0005,222,748
Tunisia1.1123,00011,935,766
Mali1.1206,00020,855,735
Papua New Guinea179,0009,119,010
Guinea1130,00013,497,244
Chad1151,00016,914,985
Zambia0.9158,00018,920,651
Burkina Faso0.9175,00021,497,096
British Virgin Islands0.830030,421
Kiribati0.8900121,392
Bhutan0.86,000779,898
Togo0.858,0008,478,250
Uganda0.8331,00047,123,531
Tanzania0.8427,00061,498,437
American Samoa0.740055,100
Micronesia0.7700116,254
Madagascar0.7168,00028,427,328
Malaysia0.7217,00032,776,194
Palau0.510018,169
Marshall Islands0.530059,610
Fiji0.55,000902,906
Sierra Leone0.535,0008,141,343
Rwanda0.566,00013,276,513
Niger0.5117,00025,130,817
Eritrea0.423,0003,601,467
Turkmenistan0.423,0006,117,924
Tajikistan0.437,0009,749,627
Uzbekistan0.4127,00033,935,763
Ethiopia0.4377,000117,876,227
Bangladesh0.4659,000166,303,498
Timor Leste0.33,0001,343,873
Singapore0.320,0005,896,686
Benin0.333,00012,451,040
Malawi0.347,00019,647,684
North Korea0.376,00025,887,041
Japan0.3377,000126,050,804
Solomon Islands0.21,000703,996
South Korea0.279,00051,305,186
Taiwan010,00023,855,010
Indonesia082,000276,361,783

Gun Ownership By Country 2021