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Argentina — Gun Facts, Figures and the Law

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Civilian Guns

Number of Privately Owned Firearms

The estimated total number of guns (both licit and illicit) held by civilians in Argentina is 3,600,0001 2 3 4 5

Rate of Civilian Firearm Possession per 100 Population

The estimated rate of private gun ownership (both licit and illicit) per 100 people in Argentina is 8.81 4

Number of Privately Owned Shotguns

In Argentina, the number of shotguns in civilian possession is reported to be 347,4956

Number of Privately Owned Handguns

In Argentina, the number of handguns in civilian possession is reported to be 796,8746

Number of Privately Owned Firearms - World Ranking

In a 2007 comparison of the number of privately owned guns in 178 countries, Argentina ranked at No. 197

Rate of Privately Owned Firearms per 100 Population - World Ranking

In a 2007 comparison of the rate of private gun ownership in 178 countries, Argentina ranked at No. 624

Proportion of Households with Firearms

In Argentina, the percentage of households with one or more guns is reported to be

2008: 15%5

Number of Licensed Firearm Owners

ChartThe number of licensed gun owners in Argentina is reported to be

2008: 624,7355
2006: 569,9792
1999: 450,0006

Rate of Licensed Firearm Owners per 100 Population

ChartThe rate of licensed firearm owners per 100 people in Argentina is

2008: 1.548
2006: 1.44
1999: 1.22

Number of Registered Firearms

ChartThe number of registered guns in Argentina is reported to be

2010: 1,261,7589 10 11
2008: 1,123,0599 5
2007: 1,200,00012
2006: 1,185,4679 2
2001: 2,597,122

Rate of Registered Firearms per 100 Population

ChartThe rate of registered guns per 100 people in Argentina is

2010: 3.058
2008: 2.77
2007: 3.00
2006: 2.99
2001: 6.89

Estimated Number of Illicit Firearms

Unlawfully held guns cannot be counted, but in Argentina there are estimated to be 700,000 to 2,000,00013 2 12 5

Estimated Rate of Illicit Firearms per 100 Population

Unlawfully held guns cannot be counted, but in Argentina the rate of illicit firearms per 100 people is estimated to be 4.898

Government Guns

Number of Military Firearms

The defence forces of Argentina are reported to have 430,00014 13 firearms

Number of Law Enforcement Firearms

Police in Argentina are reported to have 175,00014 to 270,00015 13 firearms

ImpactsDeath and Injury

Total Number of Gun Deaths

ChartIn Argentina, annual deaths resulting from firearms total

2014: 2,89716
2013: 2,832
2012: 2,378
2011: 2,403
2010: 2,325
2009: 2,66317 18 19
2008: 2,53620 18
2007: 2,49321 18
2006: 2,45922 18
2005: 2,62823 18
2004: 2,84324 18
2003: 3,75225 18
2002: 4,40218
2001: 4,32218 26
2000: 3,78118
1999: 3,640
1998: 3,437
1997: 3,269
1996: 3,146
1995: 2,968
1994: 3,149
1993: 3,054
1992: 2,745
1991: 2,268
1990: 2,447
1989: 2,556
1988: 1,967
1987: 1,833
1986: 2,294
1985: 2,019
1984: 1,689
1983: 1,448
1982: 1,502
1981: 1,655
1980: 1,478

Rate of All Gun Deaths per 100,000 People

ChartIn Argentina, the annual rate of all gun deaths per 100,000 population is

2014: 6.7316
2013: 6.64
2012: 5.63
2011: 5.75
2010: 5.62
2009: 6.51
2008: 6.26
2007: 6.22
2006: 6.21
2005: 6.71
2004: 7.34
2003: 9.79
2002: 11.718
2001: 11.6
2000: 10.3
1999: 10.0
1998: 9.5
1997: 9.2
1996: 8.9
1995: 8.5
1994: 9.2
1993: 9.0
1992: 8.2
1991: 6.9
1990: 7.5
1989: 8.0
1988: 6.2
1987: 5.9
1986: 7.5
1985: 6.7
1984: 5.7
1983: 4.9
1982: 5.2
1981: 5.8
1980: 5.3

Total Number of Male Gun Deaths

ChartIn Argentina, annual male deaths resulting from firearms total

2014: 2,62016
2013: 2,547
2012: 2,144
2011: 2,119
2010: 2,048

Total Number of Female Gun Deaths

ChartIn Argentina, annual female deaths resulting from firearms total

2014: 27416
2013: 280
2012: 225
2011: 279
2010: 274

Homicides (any method)

ChartIn Argentina, annual homicides by any means total

2015: 2,83727
2014: 2,32016
2013: 2,149
2012: 2,098
2011: 1,774
2010: 1,822
2009: 1,83317 28 29 30 31 32
2008: 1,83420 28 29 30 31 32
2007: 1,79621 28 29 30 31 32
2006: 1,96222 28 29 30 31 32
2005: 2,03723 28 29 30 31 32
2004: 2,24824 28 29 30 31 32
2003: 2,79225 28 29 30 31 32
2002: 2,86228 29 30 31 32
2001: 2,601
2000: 2,150
1999: 2,66830
1998: 2,607
1997: 3,265
1996: 3,001
1995: 2,723

Rate of Homicide per 100,000 People (any method)

ChartIn Argentina, the annual rate of homicide by any means per 100,000 population is

2015: 6.5327
2014: 6.7316
2013: 6.64
2012: 5.63
2011: 5.75
2010: 5.62
2009: 4.488 28 29 30 31 32
2008: 4.53
2007: 4.48
2006: 4.95
2005: 5.20
2004: 5.80
2003: 7.28
2002: 7.6328
2001: 7.00
2000: 5.84
1999: 7.330
1998: 7.2
1997: 9.1
1996: 8.5
1995: 7.8
1994: 4.5133

Male Homicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn Argentina, annual male homicides by any means total

2015: 2,45034
2014: 2,01216
2013: 1,849
2012: 1,799
2011: 1,476
2010: 1,523

Female Homicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn Argentina, annual female homicides by any means total

2015: 38734
2014: 30716
2013: 292
2012: 291
2011: 295
2010: 297

Gun Homicides

ChartIn Argentina, annual firearm homicides total

2014: 1,29816
2013: 1,173
2012: 1,066
2011: 831
2010: 837
2009: 90517 19
2008: 85820 29 30 35
2007: 77521 29 30 35
2006: 91422 29 30 35
2005: 96823 29 30 35
2004: 1,17724 35
2003: 1,67025
2002: 1,66536
2001: 1,61736 26
2000: 1,25036
1999: 1,082
1998: 920
1997: 942
1996: 840
1995: 746
1994: 720
1993: 761
1992: 726
1991: 650
1990: 826
1989: 981
1988: 603
1987: 551
1986: 837
1985: 718
1984: 624
1983: 459
1982: 396
1981: 433
1980: 351

Rate of Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Argentina, the annual rate of firearm homicide per 100,000 population is

2014: 3.0116
2013: 2.75
2012: 2.53
2011: 1.99
2010: 2.02
2009: 2.21
2008: 2.128 30 35
2007: 1.948 30 35 32
2006: 2.31
2005: 2.47
2004: 3.048 35
2003: 4.368
2002: 4.38
2001: 4.298 26
2000: 3.358
1999: 2.93
1998: 2.52
1997: 2.61
1996: 2.35
1995: 2.11
1994: 2.078 37
1993: 2.218
1992: 2.14
1991: 1.94
1990: 2.50
1989: 3.01
1988: 1.88
1987: 1.74
1986: 2.69
1985: 2.34
1984: 2.06
1983: 1.54
1982: 1.35
1981: 1.50
1980: 1.24

Proportion of Homicides Committed With a Gun

ChartIn Argentina, the percentage of homicides committed with a firearm is reported to be

2013: 70%38
2012: 63%38 28
2011: 66%
2010: 64%
2009: 68%38 19
2008: 66%38 29
2007: 63%
2006: 61%
2005: 63%38 29 5
2004: 64%38
2003: 71%
2002: 74%
2001: 76%
2000: 76%
1999: 76%
1998: 76%
1997: 76%

Male Gun Homicide Victims

ChartIn Argentina, annual male firearm homicides total

2015: 1,18516
2014: 1,185
2013: 1,043
2012: 967
2011: 739
2010: 734

Female Gun Homicide Victims

ChartIn Argentina, annual female firearm homicides total

2015: 11216
2014: 112
2013: 127
2012: 94
2011: 92
2010: 102

Suicides (any method)

ChartIn Argentina, annual suicides by any means total

2014: 3,25516
2013: 3,004
2012: 3,273
2011: 2,934
2010: 2,966
2009: 2,97717 39
2008: 3,12320 39
2007: 2,99621 39
2006: 3,11922 39
2005: 3,07623 39 40
2004: 3,13724 39
2003: 3,31125 39
2002: 3,16539
2001: 3,135
2000: 2,807
1996: 2,24526

Rate of Suicide per 100,000 People (any method)

ChartIn Argentina, the annual rate of suicide by any means per 100,000 population is

2014: 7.5616
2013: 7.05
2012: 7.75
2011: 7.02
2010: 7.17
2009: 7.288 39
2008: 7.71
2007: 7.48
2006: 7.878 39 40
2005: 7.858 39
2004: 8.10
2003: 8.64
2002: 8.439
2001: 8.4
2000: 7.6
1996: 6.298
1994: 6.7141

Male Suicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn Argentina, annual male suicides by any means total

2014: 2,56016
2013: 2,407
2012: 2,632
2011: 2,342
2010: 2,391

Female Suicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn Argentina, annual female suicides by any means total

2014: 68816
2013: 590
2012: 631
2011: 586
2010: 567

Gun Suicides

ChartIn Argentina, annual firearm suicides total

2014: 50516
2013: 522
2012: 584
2011: 603
2010: 612
2009: 65617 19
2008: 66520
2007: 72521
2006: 83522
2005: 85023
2004: 91924
2003: 1,03725
2002: 97136
2001: 1,07436 26
2000: 98936
1999: 924
1998: 963
1997: 861
1996: 851
1995: 882
1994: 1,042
1993: 993
1992: 979
1991: 749
1990: 821
1989: 870
1988: 712
1987: 668
1986: 893
1985: 746
1984: 639
1983: 616
1982: 702
1981: 776
1980: 674

Rate of Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Argentina, the annual rate of firearm suicide per 100,000 population is

2014: 1.1716
2013: 1.22
2012: 1.38
2011: 1.44
2010: 1.48
2009: 1.60
2008: 1.64
2007: 1.81
2006: 2.11
2005: 2.17
2004: 2.37
2003: 2.70
2002: 2.56
2001: 2.858 26
2000: 2.658
1999: 2.50
1998: 2.64
1997: 2.38
1996: 2.38
1995: 2.50
1994: 2.998 42
1993: 2.898
1992: 2.88
1991: 2.24
1990: 2.49
1989: 2.67
1988: 2.22
1987: 2.11
1986: 2.87
1985: 2.43
1984: 2.11
1983: 2.07
1982: 2.39
1981: 2.69
1980: 2.38

Male Gun Suicide Victims

ChartIn Argentina, annual male firearm suicides total

2014: 44916
2013: 467
2012: 525
2011: 537
2010: 537

Female Gun Suicide Victims

ChartIn Argentina, annual female firearm suicides total

2014: 5616
2013: 55
2012: 57
2011: 64
2010: 74

Unintentional Gun Deaths

ChartIn Argentina, annual unintentional shooting deaths total

2014: 3643
2013: 16
2012: 3144 45
2011: 3046
2010: 63
2009: 2317 19
2008: 9120
2007: 12321
2006: 8522
2005: 13023
2004: 18724
2003: 19125
2002: 18436
2001: 23836 26
2000: 303 36
1999: 309
1998: 305
1997: 304
1996: 79
1995: 104
1994: 111
1993: 196
1992: 111
1991: 104
1990: 122
1989: 139
1988: 205
1987: 171
1986: 134
1985: 133
1984: 148
1983: 155
1982: 190
1981: 261
1980: 205

Rate of Unintentional Gun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn Argentina, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death per 100,000 population is

2014: 2.4616
2013: 2.63
2012: 1.65
2011: 2.25
2010: 1.97
2009: 0.06
2008: 0.22
2007: 0.31
2006: 0.21
2005: 0.33
2004: 0.48
2003: 0.50
2002: 0.48
2001: 0.638 26
2000: 0.818
1999: 0.84
1998: 0.84
1997: 0.84
1996: 0.22
1995: 0.29
1994: 0.328 47
1993: 0.578
1992: 0.33
1991: 0.31
1990: 0.37
1989: 0.43
1988: 0.64
1987: 0.54
1986: 0.43
1985: 0.43
1984: 0.49
1983: 0.52
1982: 0.65
1981: 0.90
1980: 0.72

Unintentional Male Gun Deaths

ChartIn Argentina, annual unintentional male shooting deaths total

2014: 3216
2013: 16
2012: 27
2011: 25
2010: 55

Unintentional Female Gun Deaths

ChartIn Argentina, annual unintentional female shooting deaths total

2014: 416
2013: 0
2012: 4
2011: 5
2010: 8

Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn Argentina, annual shooting deaths in which the cause remains undecided total

2014: 1,05816
2013: 1,121
2012: 697
2011: 939
2010: 813
2009: 1,07717 19
2008: 91820
2007: 86921
2006: 62122
2005: 67823
2004: 55824
2003: 84225
2002: 1,55836
2001: 1,35336 26
2000: 1,18536
1999: 1,248
1998: 1,189
1997: 1,121
1996: 1,323
1995: 1,198
1994: 1,236
1993: 1,046
1992: 885
1991: 711
1990: 573
1989: 442
1988: 279
1987: 301
1986: 245
1985: 247
1984: 142
1983: 141
1982: 138
1981: 127
1980: 198

Rate of Gun Death from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn Argentina, the annual rate of unknown-cause shooting deaths per 100,000 population is

2014: 2.578
2013: 2.66
2012: 1.67
2011: 2.29
2010: 2.00
2009: 2.63
2008: 2.27
2007: 2.17
2006: 1.57
2005: 1.73
2004: 1.44
2003: 2.20
2002: 4.10
2001: 3.598 26
2000: 3.178
1999: 3.38
1998: 3.26
1997: 3.11
1996: 3.71
1995: 3.40
1994: 3.558 48
1993: 3.048
1992: 2.61
1991: 2.12
1990: 1.73
1989: 1.36
1988: 0.87
1987: 0.95
1986: 0.79
1985: 0.81
1984: 0.47
1983: 0.47
1982: 0.47
1981: 0.44
1980: 0.70

Male Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn Argentina, annual male shooting deaths in which the cause remains undecided total

2014: 95416
2013: 1,021
2012: 625
2011: 818
2010: 722

Female Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn Argentina, annual female shooting deaths in which the cause remains undecided total

2014: 10216
2013: 98
2012: 70
2011: 118
2010: 90

ProductionGun Industry

Regulation of Firearm Makers

In Argentina, the manufacture of small arms, ammunition and/or their components is permitted only if the maker holds a valid licence49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 5 58

Small Arms Manufacture - World Ranking

In a classification of the world's small, medium and major firearm manufacturers, Argentina was ranked 'small'59

TransfersGun Trade and Trafficking

Firearm Exports

In Argentina, firearm and ammunition exports are limited by transfer control law49 60 61 62 63 64

Small Arms Exports (US$) - Customs

The annual value of small arms and ammunition exports from Argentina is reported by Customs to be US$18,851,00265 (2011)66 67

Small Arms Exports - World Ranking

In a comparison of the world's major/mid-level/minor/unknown small arms exporters, Argentina was categorized as 'major'68 69 70

Firearm Imports

In Argentina, firearm and ammunition imports are limited by transfer control law71 72 73 74 75 54 55 76 60 61 63 64

Small Arms Imports (US$) - Customs

The annual value of small arms and ammunition imports to Argentina is reported by Customs to be US$21,463,33665 (2011)77 78 79 80

Smuggling Guns and Ammunition

Reports suggest that the level of firearm and ammunition smuggling in Argentina is high81

Regulation of Arms Brokers

In Argentina, the activities of arms brokers and transfer intermediaries are not specifically regulated by law82 83 64 84

End User Certificates

Customs regulations in Argentina include60 62 certification of the intended end user of any small arms or ammunition transfer, and/or a written declaration of its intended end use

Transparency of Small Arms Transfers

ChartIn its annual Small Arms Trade Transparency Barometer, the Small Arms Survey compares public reporting among major arms exporting nations on a scale from strong to weak (25 to zero). In recent years, Argentina scored

2016: 8.0085
2014: 8.0086
2013: 8.0087
2012: 8.5088
2011: 9.0089
2010: 9.0090
2009: 8.7591
2008: 9.2592
2007: 9.0093
2006: 9.0094
2005: 10.0095
2004: 8.7596

MeasuresGun Regulation

Firearm Regulation - Guiding Policy

The regulation of guns in Argentina is categorised as restrictive97

Firearm Law

Guiding gun control legislation in Argentina includes the Firearms Act No. 20429 of 197398 99 and its regulation, Decree No. 395/75100

Firearm Regulation Authority

Guns in Argentina are regulated by the Ministry of Defence, through the National Firearm Registry,101 the National Gendarmerie, the Naval Prefecture and the Federal and Provincial Police,102 and the National Administration of Controlled Goods103

Right to Possess Firearms

In Argentina, the right to private gun ownership is not guaranteed by law104 105

Restricted Firearms and Ammunition

In Argentina, civilians are not allowed to possess military and automatic weapons,106 large gauge shotguns with a barrel length less than 380 mm, concealed firearms or launching weapons (pencils, pens, cigar, etc.), and expanding and incendiary ammunition,107 108 with only narrow exemptions,109 110 111 as well as certain types of handguns112 113 114

Regulation of Automatic Weapons

In Argentina, private possession of fully automatic weapons is prohibited,106 107 114 with only narrow exemptions109 110 111

Regulation of Semiautomatic Assault Weapons

In Argentina, private possession of semi-automatic assault weapons is permitted under licence115 116 114

Regulation of Handguns

In Argentina, private possession of handguns (pistols and revolvers) is permitted under licence115 117 112 113

Law Regulates Long Guns

In Argentina, civilian possession of rifles and shotguns is regulated by law115 117 107 116 114

Gun Ownership and Possession

In Argentina, only licensed gun owners118 119 120 121 109 110 111 122 106 63 may lawfully acquire, possess or transfer a firearm or ammunition

Genuine Reason Required for Firearm Possession

Applicants for a gun owner’s licence in Argentina are required to establish a genuine reason to possess a firearm, for example hunting, target shooting, personal protection119 123 124

Minimum Age for Firearm Possession

The minimum age for gun ownership in Argentina is 21 years121 125

Gun Owner Background Checks

An applicant for a firearm licence in Argentina must pass a background check which considers criminal, health and mental health121 126 records

Reference Required for Firearm Licence

In Argentina, third party character references for each gun licence applicant are not required127

Partner to be Advised or Interviewed

In Argentina, licensing authorities are not required127 to conduct interviews with, or to advise an applicant's spouse, partner, or next of kin before issuing a gun licence

Domestic Violence and Firearms

Where a past history, or apprehended likelihood of family violence exists, the law in Argentina does not stipulate127 that a gun licence should be denied or revoked

Firearm Safety Training

In Argentina, an understanding of firearm safety and the law, tested in a theoretical and/or practical training course may be required126 for a firearm licence

Gun Owner Licensing Period

In Argentina, gun owners must re-apply and re-qualify for their firearm licence every five years128

Licensing Records

In Argentina, authorities maintain a record129 130 of individual civilians licensed to acquire, possess, sell or transfer a firearm or ammunition

Limit on Number of Guns

Licensed firearm owners in Argentina are permitted to possess any number of firearms127

Limit on Quantity, Type of Ammunition

Licensed firearm owners in Argentina are permitted to possess any quantity of ammunition127

Firearm Registration

Civilian Gun Registration

In Argentina, the law requires131 125 102 132 133 134 129 130 135 136 63 57 that a record of the acquisition, possession and transfer of each privately held firearm be retained in an official register

Gun Dealer Record Keeping

In Argentina, licensed firearm dealers are required137 125 56 57 to keep a record of each firearm or ammunition purchase, sale or transfer on behalf of a regulating authority

Gun Manufacturer Record Keeping

In Argentina, licensed gun makers are required50 51 125 56 57 to keep a record of each firearm produced, for inspection by a regulating authority

State-Owned Firearm Records

In Argentina, State agencies are required138 to maintain records of the storage and movement of all firearms and ammunition under their control

Gun Sales and Transfers

Regulation of Private Gun Sales

In Argentina, the private sale and transfer of firearms is prohibited unless conducted and registered by the competent local authority139 125 140 141 142 133 143

Regulation of Dealer Gun Sales

In Argentina, dealing in firearms by way of business without a valid gun dealer’s licence is unlawful137 140 75 125 54 144 145 142 55 146 133 143

Background Checks for Private Gun Sales

The buyer of a firearm in a private sale in Argentina is obliged141 145 133 121 to pass official background checks before taking possession

Background Checks for Dealer Gun Sales

The buyer of a firearm from a licensed gun dealer in Argentina is obliged141 145 133 121 to pass official background checks before taking possession

Waiting Period for Gun Possession

In Argentina, the minimum wait for a lawful firearm purchase to be completed is undetermined127

Regulation of Gun Shows

In Argentina, gun shows and temporary firearm dealing events are not regulated127 in law

Storage and Transport of Guns and Ammunition

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Private

Firearm regulations in Argentina include147 148 149 54 150 151 106 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of private firearms and ammunition by licensed gun owners

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Dealer

Firearm regulations in Argentina include147 148 54 152 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition by licensed arms dealers

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Government

Government regulations in Argentina include138 152 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition by state entities

Firearm and Ammunition Transport Regulations

Regulations in Argentina include147 153 55 154 155 117 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition while in transit

Marking and Tracing Guns and Ammunition

Firearm Marking

In Argentina, a unique identifying mark on each firearm is required by law156 157 50 158 159 160

Firearm Tracing

In Argentina, state authorities carry out161 129 130 159 135 136 recognised arms tracing and tracking procedures

Ballistic Record of Firearms and Ammunition

In Argentina, the ballistic characteristics of each civilian firearm and its ammunition are not127 recorded in a register

Carrying Guns

Law Regulates Firearms in Public

In Argentina, carrying a gun in a public place is regulated by law162 151

Carrying Guns Openly in Public

In Argentina, carrying a firearm in plain view in a public place is prohibited, with few exceptions162 151

Carrying Hidden Handguns in Public

In Argentina, carrying a concealed firearm in a public place is prohibited, with few exceptions162 151

Penalty for Illicit Firearm Possession

In Argentina, the maximum penalty for unlawful possession of a firearm163 is two years in prison and a fine164 165 166

Collection, Amnesty and Destruction Programmes

Authorities in Argentina are known to have167 168 169 170 171 172 implemented voluntary firearm surrender schemes, and/or weapon seizure programmes in order to reduce the number of illicit firearms in circulation

Surrendered in Gun Amnesty

In Argentina, the number of firearms voluntarily surrendered in recent arms amnesty and collection programmes is reported to be 149,147167 (2007-14)173 5

Exchanged in Gun Buyback

In Argentina, the total number of firearms exchanged for monetary or in-kind compensation during recent gun buyback and disposal programmes is reported to be 160,531174 (2007-12)175 172 169

Firearms Surrendered and Seized

ChartIn Argentina, the number of firearms voluntarily surrendered, bought back or seized by authorities is reported to be

2013: 4,218176 177
2012: 9,568
2011: 2,502
2010: 1,872
2009: 4,077177
2008: 2,501177 178
2007: 7,235
2006: 18,421
2005: 2,013
2004: 4,499

Small Arms Destroyed

ChartIn Argentina, the number of firearms destroyed following amnesty, collection and seizure programmes is reported to be

2015: 21,253179
2014: 14,420
2013: 61,673179 167
2012: 17,878179 167 174 169
2011: 23,250179 167 180 181
2010: 20,168179 167 180 182 183
2009: 51,672179 167 180 182 183 184 135
2008: 32,825179 167 180 182 183 184 5
2007: 20,037179 167 180 182 185 184 186 12
2006: 305179 167 180 184 5
2005: 4,808179 167 180 184
2004: 11,200179 167 180 184 5
2003: 14,471
2002: 4,381179 167 180 187 184
2001: 3,925179 167 180 184
2000: 14,822
1999: 709
1998: 2,626
1996: 1,376
1995: 3,650
1994: 916
1993: 709184

Destruction and Disposal Policy

In Argentina, it is state policy188 189 to destroy surplus, collected and seized firearms rather than return them to the secondary arms market

MeasuresInternational Controls

Regional Agreements

Organization of American States

On 14 November 1997, as a member of the Organisation of American States (OAS), Argentina adopted the Inter-American Convention against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, Explosives, Ammunition and Other Related Materials (CIFTA), a legally binding multilateral treaty of which the OAS is depository. The CIFTA Convention has since been signed and ratified190 191 by Argentina

United Nations Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice

The UNCCPCJ, a subsidiary body of the Economic and Social Council mandated to promote action to prevent national and transnational crime, lists192 Argentina as an elected member

Geneva Declaration on Armed Violence and Development

The Geneva Declaration on Armed Violence and Development, a diplomatic initiative aimed at addressing the interrelations between armed violence and development, was signed in 2007193 by Argentina.

United Nations Arms Trade Treaty

The United Nations Arms Trade Treaty has been signed and ratified194 by Argentina

United Nations Firearms Protocol

The United Nations Protocol against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, Their Parts and Components and Ammunition has been signed and ratified195 by Argentina

United Nations Small Arms Programme of Action UNPoA

UNPoA Commitment

On 21 July 2001, Argentina committed to a consensus decision of the United Nations to adopt, support and implement the UN Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects196

UNPoA Implementation Monitor Score

In its UN small arms Programme of Action Implementation Monitor (PoAIM Phase 1), the Small Arms Survey scored Argentina against its commitments to the PoA, then ranked it at No. 37197 198 199 200 among 159 Member States

UNPoA National Reporting

Under the terms of its 2001 commitment to the United Nations small arms Programme of Action, Argentina has submitted one or more national reports201 84 on its implementation of the UNPoA

UNPoA National Point of Contact

In Argentina, a National Point of Contact to deal with issues relating to the UNPoA has been designated202 84

UNPoA National Coordinating Body

In Argentina, a National Coordinating Body to deal with issues relating to the UNPoA has been designated202 84

UNPoA Civil Society Involvement and Support

In National Reports of Argentina submitted to the UN from 2001 to 2010, a history of substantive cooperation with civil society in support of UNPoA activities was apparent202 84

UNPoA International Assistance – Donor

Funds for UNPoA implementation have not been donated84 by Argentina to other UN Member States

United Nations Small Arms Register

According to the United Nations Register of Conventional Arms, Argentina has declared203 its small arms exports in one or more annual National Reports on Arms Exports.

United Nations Membership

In the UN List of Member States, Argentina has been a Member State of the United Nations since 1945204

Wassenaar Arrangement

The Wassenaar Arrangement on Export Controls and Conventional Arms and Dual-Use Goods and Technologies lists205 Argentina as a Participating State

BackgroundCountry Profile

Conflict Profile

For a profile of conflict in Argentina, select the Link icon to open an external web page from the UCDP Conflict Encyclopedia at Uppsala University

Global Peace Index

To see where Argentina ranks, select the Link icon to open an external web page at the Global Peace Index


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