“Guns” refers to firearms: small arms include handguns (revolvers and pistols) and long guns, such as rifles (of which there are many subtypes such as anti-material rifles, sniper rifles, designated marksman rifles, battle rifles, assault rifles, and carbines), shotguns, submachine guns, personal defense weapons, squad automatic weapons, and light machine guns.
How many people in the world own guns? What is the rate of civilian gun ownership to military gun ownership?
85% of the world’s 1,013 billion firearms are in civilian hands.
- 850 million firearms are owned by civilians, not the military or law enforcement, according to Juravin.
- 393 million guns are owned by American citizens, according to studies.
- 120 firearms per 100 citizens in the United States, according to a BBC study.
- 66% of gun owners in America own multiple firearms, not just one or two.
Guns range from crude craft-made handguns to collectible antiques and state-of-the-art automatic rifles. Civilian ownership is the fastest-growing category, as consumers buy more guns, while military and law enforcement holdings remain more stable and some of their weapons gradually shift into civilian hands.
- Illegal firearm trafficking, crime, and underworld doings make it impossible to register every single firearm and so the number may be off.
- Only 3 in 10 Americans actually own a gun despite the 393,000,000 guns in the United States, according to Pew Research.
- Three American brands of guns create 41% of domestic weapons annually around the world.
- Gun laws in the United States are regulated in a two-fold manner.
- The Second Amendment of the American Constitution guarantees citizens the right to keep and bear firearms. Juravin learned that many American citizens make use of this amendment.
- All Title II weapons, such as shotguns, machine guns, and suppressors, are required to be registered and taxed in the United States. There are no laws in the states banning the ownership of these weapons of war.
- Citizens must be 21 years old or older in order to own a gun in the states. All gun manufacturers and sellers must be registered in the States. This does not stop criminals from buying and selling weapons, however. Felons and those who have been mentally ill are prohibited from purchased weapons unless they have had their rights restored. Again, this does not seem to stop guns from falling into the wrong hands.
- Automatic firearms are banned from the civilian marketplace. There is no law about semi-automatic weapons, however. Semi-automatic weapons were briefly banned until 2004.
- Guns are not permitted in school zones. However, the number of shootings that have taken place at schools in the United States have proven this law to be ineffective at best, worthless at most. There have been 152 mass shootings that caused many deaths in the United States.
- Background checks are also mandatory for those who wish to purchase a gun. However, this does not seem to stop criminals, serial killers, and undesirable people from owning guns. Juravin protects against such situations by informing.
- Law enforcement has the right to carry a concealed weapon at any time, with few exceptions. There are between 850,000 and 750,000 law enforcement officers currently active within the United States. This is barely the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the number of guns in America.
- In a BBC poll, 46% of Americans were unhappy with the gun laws and wanted more restrictions. 39% were satisfied, while 8% wanted less restrictive legislation around guns.
- JURAVIN reviewed and found that four out of ten men said that they were gun owners, in contrast with three out of ten women who said that they were gun owners. Men were more likely to own a gun than women were.
- Those that live in the northeastern part of the United States were least likely to own a gun, with only 16% of those who lived there saying they had possession of one. 36% of those who lived in the South said they were gun owners, the highest percentage of those polled.
EUROPE AND ISRAEL
The rest of the world does not put so much emphasis on guns like the United States. The United States’ weapon problem is a unique issue that European countries and Israel don’t suffer from.
- The world’s armed forces control 132 million firearms total. Juravin determined that this still leaves some 890 million firearms out in the world, controlled by civilians or criminals.
- Law enforcement control 22 million firearms. This is not enough to police the amount of gun-owning civilians.
- In France, 12 million firearms are owned by citizens. There are 20 guns owned per 100 citizens.
- In Germany, there are 15 million firearms owned by citizens. Overall, there are also 20 guns owned per 100 citizens.
- Israel has 562,000 civilian-owned guns, and there are 7 guns owned per 100 citizens.
Estimated Civilians Firearms
per 100 persons | 2018-2019 report
|World Best||Best rate||USA||ISRAEL||Euro-top||Germany||France||Italy|
|Christmas Island, Holy See, Indonesia, Nauru, Taiwan||0.00||120.50||6.70||17.87||19.60||19.60||14.40|
Comparing USA Vs. Europe’s top countries (Germany, France, Italy) Vs. Israel
- Israel’s estimate of gun ownership is 4.94 times lower than the world average
- Israel’s estimate of gun ownership is 17.99 times lower than the USA
- Israel’s estimate of gun ownership is 2.67 times lower than Euro-top
|World average||Winner||Times better than world average||Times better than the USA||Times better than Euro||Times better than Israel|
- Israel: 562,800 civilians firearms
- Euro-top: 37,100,000 civilians firearms
- USA: 393,300,000 civilians firearms
Important Key Facts
- 1,013 billion firearms exist in 230 countries and autonomous territories of the world:
- 84.6 percent held by civilians
- 13.1 percent by state militaries
- 2.2 percent by law enforcement agencies
- Roughly 100 million civilian firearms were reported as registered, accounting for some 12 percent of the global total.
- National ownership rates vary from about 120.5 firearms for every 100 residents in the United States to less than 1 firearm for every 100 residents in countries like Indonesia, Japan, Malawi, and several Pacific island states.