Report: Civilians own 74% of all guns globally.

The 'Gun Debate' has engaged many parts of the world…

The ‘Gun Debate’ has engaged many parts of the world for decades and both public opinion and lawmakers in different countries differ considerably on this question. Interestingly, 74% of all firearms globally are owned by civilians.

The right to own a firearm is a major issue in US politics and many Americans consider the possession of firearms a time-honoured custom. Strong gun-supporting lobbies like the National Rifle Association spend millions of dollars to fight attempts at stricter gun laws. For this and other reasons, the US has among the least strict laws on civilian possession of guns, though laws vary from state to state.

As a result, it also has the world’s highest civilian firearm penetration rates. According to a 2007 study of the International Action Network on Small Arms (IANSA), American civilians had 90 firearms per 100 persons. This is much higher even than in Yemen, a country known for its violent past and warring tribal factions. The 1991 gun law of that West Asian country only requires arms traders to give the government a list of buyers and their purchases.

Among the members of the European Union, Finland and Switzerland have the least stringent gun control laws and hence the highest figures for guns per 100 civilians.

Finland’s firearms act of 1998 puts no limit on the number of gun licences an individual can hold and the country has 58 firearms per hundred civilians. There are restrictions on carrying and firing rifles in public, but individuals can carry unloaded pistols if they are over 20 years old.

Switzerland is perhaps the only country that allows citizens to keep automatic weapons at home. Every male between the age of 20 and 34 years who is eligible for conscription in the military can keep a government-issued weapon at home. In most countries, even semi-automatic variants of assault rifles are banned for civilian possession.

Source: Atul Thakur for The Times of India.

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  • We the People ARE the government in Our Constitutional Republic! Our government does not “let” us keep our firearms. IT IS OUR GOD GIVEN RIGHT!

  • General Jim M

    America will never need to fear tyranny as long as the police and military do not follow unlawful,unconstitutional orders.If they do follow those treasonous orders they are no longer US police officers or US soldiers.When the Soviet Union “fell” the soviet troops joined the people.Are US troops less loyal than soviet troops?

  • General Jim M

    That is the way it should be. All FREE men should be armed with MILITARY quality weapons.I do not like the cooperation between militaries and police forces around the world regardless of those armies or police forces record on human rights.Historically the biggest murderer of the world’s unarmed civilians has not been criminals.The big mega murderers have been those who should be their protectors,the cops and the soldiers.Every police officer and soldier of the United States of America should refuse indoctrination into being buddies with let’s say Mexican federalis.Your loyalty should be to the Constitution of the United States of America and the American citizenry,not to powermad elitists who use taxpayer money to give you fancy toys to play with.So bring on the guns and ammo!Every American who values liberty should buy an addition to the family.Best overall is a 308 varmint type rifle that you practice with,a lot.Lawful police and military do not fear citizens with arms.If they want the people to be helpless,there is a reason.I’m not one of them but check out Oathkeepers if you are police or military.MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!!

  • dt

    The ownership of firearms in the US is NOT a custom it’s a right affirmed by our constitution. And the NRA has given its blessing to every gun control measure passed by congress. INANSA is an attempt to circumvent The US constitution and sovereignty. It speaks volumes that the countries in the article with strict control is were the extremisim is and the lax gun law countries have the best standards of living.

  • AngryWhiteMale

    How are we going to arm the other 10?