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

Gun Ownership By Country 2021