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 2020
United States120.5393,347,000331,002,651
Falkland Islands62.12,0003,480
Yemen52.814,859,00029,825,964
New Caledonia42.5115,000285,498
Montenegro39.1245,000628,066
Serbia39.12,719,0008,737,371
Uruguay34.71,198,0003,473,730
Canada34.712,708,00037,742,154
Cyprus34285,0001,207,359
Finland32.41,793,0005,540,720
Lebanon31.91,927,0006,825,445
Iceland31.7106,000341,243
Bosnia And Herzegovina31.21,185,0003,280,819
Austria302,577,0009,006,398
Liechtenstein28.811,00038,128
Norway28.81,537,0005,421,241
Malta28.3119,000441,543
Switzerland27.62,332,0008,654,622
New Zealand26.31,212,0004,822,233
Sweden23.12,296,00010,099,265
Greenland22.313,00056,770
Pakistan22.343,917,000220,892,340
Portugal21.32,186,00010,196,709
Monaco19.67,00039,242
French Guiana19.655,000298,682
Reunion19.6171,000895,312
Iraq19.67,588,00040,222,493
France19.612,732,00065,273,511
Germany19.615,822,00083,783,942
Luxembourg18.9110,000625,978
Bahamas18.874,000393,244
Jordan18.71,473,00010,203,134
Venezuela18.55,895,00028,435,940
Greece17.61,920,00010,423,054
Qatar16.7390,0002,881,053
Kuwait16.7685,0004,270,571
Oman16.7792,0005,106,626
Paraguay16.71,140,0007,132,538
United Arab Emirates16.71,569,0009,890,402
Saudi Arabia16.75,468,00034,813,871
United States Virgin Islands16.618,000104,425
Turkey16.513,249,00084,339,067
Suriname15.988,000586,632
Guyana15.8122,000786,552
Slovenia15.6324,0002,078,938
Namibia15.4396,0002,540,905
Thailand15.110,342,00069,799,978
Australia14.53,573,00025,499,884
San Marino14.45,00033,931
Italy14.48,609,00060,461,826
Andorra14.110,00077,265
Honduras14.11,171,0009,904,607
Croatia13.7576,0004,105,267
Lithuania13.6385,0002,722,289
Libya13.3851,0006,871,292
Mexico12.916,809,000128,932,753
Bahrain12.8181,0001,701,575
Belgium12.71,451,00011,589,623
Equatorial Guinea12.5112,0001,402,985
Czech Republic12.51,323,00010,708,981
Afghanistan12.54,270,00038,928,346
Somalia12.41,145,00015,893,222
Russia12.317,620,000145,934,462
Guatemala12.12,062,00017,915,568
Chile12.12,220,00019,116,201
Albania12350,0002,877,797
El Salvador12737,0006,486,205
Guam11.520,000168,775
Puerto Rico11.5422,0002,860,853
Angola11.22,982,00032,866,272
Panama10.8436,0004,314,767
Latvia10.5205,0001,886,198
Hungary10.51,023,0009,660,351
Samoa10.120,000198,414
Georgia10.1402,0003,989,167
Colombia10.14,971,00050,882,891
Belize1037,000397,628
Costa Rica10493,0005,094,118
Faroe Islands9.95,00048,863
Denmark9.9567,0005,792,202
Ukraine9.94,396,00043,733,762
South Africa9.75,351,00059,308,690
South Sudan9.61,255,00011,193,725
Cayman Islands9.26,00065,722
Jamaica8.8246,0002,961,167
Saint Martin8.53,00038,666
Martinique8.534,000375,265
Guadeloupe8.540,000400,124
Bulgaria8.4590,0006,948,445
Mauritius8.3106,0001,271,768
Brazil8.317,510,000212,559,417
Syria8.21,547,00017,500,658
Tonga89,000105,695
Ghana82,280,00031,072,940
Mongolia7.9242,0003,278,290
Spain7.53,464,00046,754,778
Dominican Republic7.4795,00010,847,910
Argentina7.43,256,00045,195,774
Iran7.35,890,00083,992,949
Ireland7.2342,0004,937,786
Israel6.7557,0008,655,535
Sudan6.62,768,00043,849,260
Gambia6.5137,0002,416,668
Slovakia6.5355,0005,459,642
Dominica6.25,00071,986
Maldives6.223,000540,544
Armenia6.1186,0002,963,243
Belarus6.1581,0009,449,323
Cape Verde5.731,000555,987
Montserrat5.43004,992
Antigua And Barbuda5.45,00097,929
India5.371,101,0001,380,004,385
Nicaragua5.2323,0006,624,554
Estonia565,0001,326,535
Swaziland4.864,0001,160,164
Lesotho4.8105,0002,142,249
Morocco4.81,690,00036,910,560
Bermuda4.63,00062,278
Grenada4.65,000112,523
United Kingdom4.62,731,00067,886,011
Cambodia4.5717,00016,718,965
Mozambique4.51,337,00031,255,435
Ivory Coast4.41,049,00026,378,274
Gibraltar4.11,00033,691
Seychelles4.14,00098,347
Botswana4.197,0002,351,627
Egypt4.13,931,000102,334,404
Vanuatu3.911,000307,145
Macau3.622,000649,335
Hong Kong3.6265,0007,496,981
Azerbaijan3.6362,00010,139,177
Philippines3.63,776,000109,581,078
China3.649,735,0001,439,323,776
Barbados3.510,000287,375
Saint Kitts And Nevis3.42,00053,199
Saint Vincent And The Grenadines3.44,000110,940
Saint Lucia3.46,000183,627
Sao Tome And Principe3.47,000219,159
Gabon3.461,0002,225,734
Turks And Caicos Islands3.31,00038,717
Trinidad And Tobago3.243,0001,399,488
Nigeria3.26,154,000206,139,589
Djibouti3.128,000988,000
Moldova3121,0004,033,963
Laos3215,0007,275,560
Mauritania2.8120,0004,649,658
Kyrgyzstan2.8171,0006,524,195
Zimbabwe2.8455,00014,862,924
Kazakhstan2.8504,00018,776,707
Northern Mariana Islands2.61,00057,559
Aruba2.63,000106,766
Curacao2.64,000164,093
Haiti2.6291,00011,402,528
Netherlands2.6442,00017,134,872
Romania2.6506,00019,237,691
French Polynesia2.57,000280,908
Poland2.5968,00037,846,611
Republic Of The Congo2.4119,0005,518,087
Ecuador2.4402,00017,643,054
Sri Lanka2.4494,00021,413,249
Liberia2.197,0005,057,681
Cuba2.1234,00011,326,616
Cameroon2.1510,00026,545,863
Algeria2.1877,00043,851,044
Bolivia2218,00011,673,021
Burundi2238,00011,890,784
Senegal2323,00016,743,927
Peru2633,00032,971,854
Central African Republic1.894,0004,829,767
Myanmar1.6877,00054,409,800
Vietnam1.61,562,00097,338,579
Comoros1.512,000869,601
Guinea Bissau1.529,0001,968,001
Nepal1.5444,00029,136,808
Kenya1.5750,00053,771,296
Brunei1.46,000437,479
Tuvalu1.210011,792
Dr Congo1.2946,00089,561,403
Palestine1.156,0005,101,414
Tunisia1.1123,00011,818,619
Mali1.1206,00020,250,833
Papua New Guinea179,0008,947,024
Guinea1130,00013,132,795
Chad1151,00016,425,864
Zambia0.9158,00018,383,955
Burkina Faso0.9175,00020,903,273
British Virgin Islands0.830030,231
Kiribati0.8900119,449
Bhutan0.86,000771,608
Togo0.858,0008,278,724
Uganda0.8331,00045,741,007
Tanzania0.8427,00059,734,218
American Samoa0.740055,191
Micronesia0.7700115,023
Madagascar0.7168,00027,691,018
Malaysia0.7217,00032,365,999
Palau0.510018,094
Marshall Islands0.530059,190
Fiji0.55,000896,445
Sierra Leone0.535,0007,976,983
Rwanda0.566,00012,952,218
Niger0.5117,00024,206,644
Eritrea0.423,0003,546,421
Turkmenistan0.423,0006,031,200
Tajikistan0.437,0009,537,645
Uzbekistan0.4127,00033,469,203
Ethiopia0.4377,000114,963,588
Bangladesh0.4659,000164,689,383
Timor Leste0.33,0001,318,445
Singapore0.320,0005,850,342
Benin0.333,00012,123,200
Malawi0.347,00019,129,952
North Korea0.376,00025,778,816
Japan0.3377,000126,476,461
Solomon Islands0.21,000686,884
South Korea0.279,00051,269,185
Taiwan010,00023,816,775
Indonesia082,000273,523,615