Guns Worldwide

 

Worldwide, there are an estimated 875 million firearms in circulation. Only about 79 million are actually registered with authorities. (3)
Table 4.1: The distribution of the estimated 875 million firearms that are in circulation in the world. (3)

Total: 875 Million Firearms Worldwide
Civilian 650 million 74.3%
Military 200 million 22.9%
Law Enforcement 26 million 3.0%

Since only about 9% of all guns in circulation are registered with authorities, it is very difficult to make estimates as to how many guns are present in each country. For the numbers on these gun control pages, I've used the estimates of the Small Arms Survey, which conducted an extensive study of guns in circulation in the world: Small Arms Survey 2007: Guns and the City.

Countries With Most Firearms Per 100 People

Table 4.2: The 30 countries with the estimated largest number of civilian-owned firearms per 100 people. (4)

Country Estimated # Firearms
Per 100 People
Estimated # Civilian- Owned Firearms
1. U.S.A. 89 270 million
2. Yemen

55

11.5 million
3. Switzerland

46

3.4 million
4. Finland 45 2.4 million
5. Serbia 38 3.05 million
6. Cyprus 36 0.275 million
7. Saudi Arabia 35 6 million
8. Iraq 34 9.75 million
9. Uruguay 32 1.1 million
10. Sweden 32 2.8 million
11. Norway 31 1.4 million
12. France 31 19 million
13. Canada 31 9.95 million
14. Austria 30 2.5 million
15. Iceland 30 0.09 million
16. Germany 30 25 million
17. Oman 25 0.65 million
18. Bahrain 25 0.18 million
19. Kuwait 25 0.63 million
20. Macedonia 24 0.49 million
21. Montenegro 23 0.15 million
22. New Zealand 23 0.925 million
23. Greece 23 2.5 million
24. United Arab Emirates 22 1 million
25. Northern Ireland 22 0.38 million
26. Croatia 22 0.95 million
27. Panama 22 0.7 million
28. Lebanon 21 0.75 million
29. Equatorial Guinea 20 0.1 million
30. Kosovo 20 0.415 million

Countries with Most Firearms

Table 4.3: The 30 countries with the estimated largest number of civilian-owned firearms.(3)

Country Estimated # Civilian- Owned Firearms Estimated # Firearms
Per 100 People
1. U.S.A. 270 million 89
2. India 46 million

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3. China 40 million

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4. Germany 25 million 30
5. France 19 million 32
6. Pakistan 18 million 12
7. Mexico 15.5 million 15
8. Brazil 15.3 million 9
9. Russian Federation 12.75 million 9
10. Yemen 11.5 million 61
11. Thailand 10 million 16
12. Canada 9.95 million 32
13. Iraq 9.75 million 39
14. Turkey 9 million 13
15. Italy 7 million 12
16. Saudi Arabia 6 million 17
17. South Africa 5.95 million 13
18. Argentina 4.85 million 13
19. Spain 4.5 million 11
20. Philippines 3.9 million 5
21. Iran 3.5 million 5
22. England and Wales 3.4 million 6
23. Switzerland 3.4 million 46
24. Ukraine 3.1 million 9
25. Colombia 3.1 million 7
26. Australia 3.05 million 16
27. Serbia 3.05 million 38
28. Finland 2.9 million 55
29. Sweden 2.8 million 32
30. Angola 2.8 million 21

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