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Essential Gun Charts And Facts No Matter Which Side Of Firearms Control You Support

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The guiding gun control legislation in the United States is the Gun Control Act 1968 (this is Federal legislation only: each US state and territory enacts its own gun law)  The estimated total number of guns held by civilians in the United States is 270,000,000.  The rate of private gun ownership in the United States is 88.8 firearms per 100 people

The defense forces of the United States are reported to have 3,054,5533 firearms. Police in the United States are reported to have 897,4004 firearms. 


World’s Highest 25: Rate of Civilian Firearm Possession per 100 Population



World’s Highest 25:  Rate of Gun Homicide per 100,000 People



High Income Countries:  Rate of Unintentional Gun Death per 100,000 People


High Income Countries: Rate of Gun Suicide per 100,000 People


In the United States, annual firearm homicides total 


2009: 9,1467

2008: 9,48410 7

2007: 10,129

2006: 10,225

2005: 10,158

2004: 9,385

2003: 9,6597

2002: 9,36911

2001: 8,890

1999: 8,2596

1998: 9,257




In the United States, the annual rate of firearm homicide per 100,000 population is 

2009: 2.985 7
2008: 3.12
2007: 3.36
2006: 3.42
2005: 3.43
2004: 3.20
2003: 3.37
2002: 3.2511
2001: 3.12
1999: 2.976
1998: 3.37
1993: 7.0712




Table 1.3: Ranking of world’s small arms producers [by sales]


1) Major producers: China, Russia, United States;


2) Medium producers: Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Egypt, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Israel, Italy, Pakistan, Poland, Romania, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, United Kingdom;


3) Small producers: Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Croatia, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Indonesia, Japan, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Philippines, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Thailand, Ukraine, Venezuela, Yugoslavia;


4) Unassessed producers (Inadequate information currently available to permit ranking): Albania, Algeria, Bangladesh, Belarus, Bolivia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cuba, Cyprus, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Estonia, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Guinea, Iran, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Morocco, Myanmar, Nigeria, North Korea, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Sudan, Syria, Tanzania, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, Vietnam, Zimbabwe.


Source cited: Appendix 1.1


The Small Arms Survey 2012: Moving Targets looks at what is changing, and not changing, in relation to armed violence and small arms proliferation. Chapters on firearm homicide in Latin America and the Caribbean, drug violence in selected Latin American countries, and non-lethal violence worldwide illustrate that security is a moving target; armed violence continues to undermine security and well-being around the world. The goal of curbing small arms proliferation, embodied in the UN Programme of Action, appears similarly elusive. Chapters on illicit small arms in war zones, trade transparency, Somali piracy, and the 2011 UN Meeting of Governmental Experts highlight some of the successes and challenges in this area. Country studies examine Kazakhstan and Somaliland. The final installment of the authorized transfers project looks at the total value of exports and imports globally, including small arms and light weapons, ammunition, and parts and accessories.


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    • XSFG

      The issue is not guns, the issue is peoples hearts and moral compass. Remove the guns and we will simply revert to something more primitive. Change the heart and mind, then peoples actions will follow suit. Until that happens however, we will continue on as we always have done.

    • hotdoge3

      Thanks to relaxed gun controls laws in the US, 19.5 times more people are killed there every year than similar high-income countries around the world.

      and as for New Zealand so far so good it hard to shot with no gun and you need to see the police fist be for you get one the police don’t need guns in New Zealand so far so why you need guns, If you not in the right mind not good to have a gun so why do the police let you get one in the US ?

      Security chief wants Kiwis to carry guns

      One of New Zealand’s biggest security firms is calling for its staff, and police officers, to carry guns.

    • truthzilla

      USA USA USA!! WE’RE KICKIN GUN ASS MOFO’S I kid of course, but it is, what it is. I dream of a day we don’t need guns… Wake me up when that happens.

    • TruthHurts

      convenient how you didn’t mention the OVERWHELMING FACT that MORE GUNS = LESS CRIME.

      you did the same thing the presstitutes do which is whore yourself out to the devil.

      damn you traitor.

    • brokeyland

      your information is wrong… more liberal lies… your article is completely bunk

    • Anonymous

      Look, the issue is not guns, but there are some guns that a family does not need in the home, and a hunter will never be able to use in the field, semi auto assault rifles are one such firearm. These weapons belong in the military, not at home with junior.

      Another problem is video games, they are way too violent, way to realistic and they create a sense that one is not really killing anyone or blowing up anything because one can just hit the replay button and they all come back to life again, well, in real life they don’t come back again. This is the real problem – these programmers and game companies should be held completely accountable. This is a fruit they have created. That kid that did that horrible act was 20 years old, do you think he ever played Black Ops – Call of Duty? Do you think he had that video game at home? Do you think he played it with his brother and friends? I almost bet he did. These games need to be banned and made illegal to own. They need a special designation that prevents them from ever being imported and exported – they need a government bounty put on them and turned in for cash.

    • Anonymous

      Gun control works.

      Look at Mexico they have gun control so does Chicago things are peaceful there. It works well in North Korea no problem there. Many great leaders enjoyed gun control. Mao,Stalin,Castro it worked well for them.

      After guns what we need to control is auto’s do you know how many people are killed by autos every year? We need to get rid of the autos they kill to many people.

      Oh yea we need to get rid of knifes they kill lots of people. we can add to the list later as the government grows larger and larger.

      I also think we should outlaw drugs. That way no one will have them because it would be a crime so no one would dare possess drugs. That would be a good thing. Just think a world without drug abuse. All we have to do is outlaw them and all will be well again.

    • fos1110

      I believe the answer is to facilitate and require responsible gun owership. In the Conn school shootings, there was a deranged young man iwth an assault weapon causing the death and destruction while there were police armed with the same weapon coming to “Fix” the problem. The difference is the intent of the people.

      Its not the ‘instrumentality’ its the ‘mentality’ that has to be changed to create a long term fix.

      In the mean time, if gun owners would keep their weapons in their safe or locked up and unaccessible to the Lanzas of the world, we would have less of these incidents. I own guns, they are kept in a safe or on my person.

      Weapon retention was taught to me as a law enforcement officer, both on my person and in my custody oas a gun owner. MY guns will not be used in crimes.

      If you think emotiinally disturbed people, or criminals will obey gun laws, esp. if they intend to commit the ultimate crime-mass murder, you must be incredibly gullible or stupid.

      Until we learn how to create better, less violence prone people, we will have thses incidents. Why aren’t we talking about eliminating the violent electornic games, and movies and television that are de-sensitizing our youth to vio9lence and death?

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