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Cayman Islands — Gun Facts, Figures and the Law

StockpilesGun Numbers

Civilian Guns

Number of Licensed Firearm Owners

The number of licensed gun owners in the Cayman Islands is reported to be 9221

Rate of Licensed Firearm Owners per 100 Population

The rate of licensed firearm owners per 100 people in the Cayman Islands is 1.792

Number of Registered Firearms

The number of registered guns in the Cayman Islands is reported to be 1,5561

Rate of Registered Firearms per 100 Population

The rate of registered guns per 100 people in the Cayman Islands is 3.022

ImpactsDeath and Injury

Total Number of Gun Deaths

In the Cayman Islands, annual deaths resulting from firearms total

2000: 13

Rate of All Gun Deaths per 100,000 People

In the Cayman Islands, the annual rate of all gun deaths per 100,000 population is

2000: 2.602

Homicides (any method)

ChartIn the Cayman Islands, annual homicides by any means total

2009: 84
2008: 44 5
2007: 2
2006: 1
2004: 6
2003: 3
2002: 0
2001: 2
2000: 4
1998: 15

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

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

2009: 14.74
2008: 7.64 5
2007: 3.9
2006: 2.0
2004: 12.3
2003: 7.4
2002: 0.0
2001: 4.9
2000: 9.6
1998: 2.85
1997: 5.7
1996: 2.9
1995: 8.936 5

Unintentional Gun Deaths

In the Cayman Islands, annual unintentional shooting deaths total

2000: 13

Rate of Unintentional Gun Death per 100,000 People

In the Cayman Islands, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death per 100,000 population is

2000: 2.703

Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

In the Cayman Islands, annual shooting deaths in which the cause remains undecided total

2000: 03

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

In the Cayman Islands, the annual rate of unknown-cause shooting deaths per 100,000 population is

2000: 0.003

ProductionGun Industry

Regulation of Firearm Makers

In the Cayman Islands, the manufacture of small arms, ammunition and/or their components is permitted only if the maker holds a valid licence7 8 9

TransfersGun Trade and Trafficking

Regulation of Firearm Exports

In the Cayman Islands, firearm and ammunition exports are limited by transfer control law10 9

Small Arms Exports (US$) - Customs

The annual value of small arms and ammunition exports from the Cayman Islands is reported by Customs to be US$5,56311 (2011)

Regulation of Firearm Imports

In the Cayman Islands, firearm and ammunition imports are limited by transfer control law10 12 9

Small Arms Imports (US$) - Customs

The annual value of small arms and ammunition imports to the Cayman Islands is reported by Customs to be US$68,65011 (2011)

Regulation of Arms Brokers

In the Cayman Islands, the activities of arms brokers and transfer intermediaries are not specifically regulated by law13

End User Certificates

Customs regulations in the Cayman Islands do not include13 certification of the intended end user of any small arms or ammunition transfer, and/or a written declaration of its intended end use

MeasuresGun Regulation

Firearm Regulation - Guiding Policy

The regulation of guns in the Cayman Islands is categorised as permissive14

Firearm Law

Guiding gun control legislation in the Cayman Islands includes the Firearms Law 17 of 196415

Firearm Regulation Authority

Guns in the Cayman Islands are regulated by the Governor in Cabinet, the Commissioner of Police and the District Commissioner of Police16 17

Right to Possess Firearms

In the Cayman Islands, the right to private gun ownership is not guaranteed by law18 13

Restricted Firearms and Ammunition

In the Cayman Islands, civilians are not allowed to possess machine guns, sub-machine guns, automatic firearms, sawn-off shotguns, and converted imitation firearms8 19 20

Regulation of Automatic Weapons

In the Cayman Islands, private possession of fully automatic weapons is prohibited20

Regulation of Semiautomatic Assault Weapons

In the Cayman Islands, private possession of semi-automatic assault weapons is prohibited20

Regulation of Handguns

In the Cayman Islands, private possession of handguns (pistols and revolvers) is permitted under licence13 20

Gun Ownership and Possession

In the Cayman Islands, only licensed gun owners21 9 may lawfully acquire, possess or transfer a firearm or ammunition

Genuine Reason Required for Firearm Possession

Applicants for a gun owner’s licence in the Cayman Islands are not required to establish a genuine reason to possess a firearm13

Gun Owner Background Checks

An applicant for a firearm licence in the Cayman Islands must pass a background check which considers criminal and mental19 17 records

Reference Required for Firearm Licence

In the Cayman Islands, third party character references for each gun licence applicant are required17

Domestic Violence and Firearms

Where a past history, or apprehended likelihood of family violence exists, the law in the Cayman Islands does not stipulate13 that a gun licence should be denied or revoked

Firearm Safety Training

In the Cayman Islands, an understanding of firearm safety and the law, tested in a theoretical and/or practical training course is not required13 for a firearm licence

Gun Owner Licensing Period

In the Cayman Islands, gun owners must re-apply and re-qualify for their firearm licence every three years22

Limit on Number of Guns

Licensed firearm owners in the Cayman Islands are permitted to possess any number of firearms13

Limit on Quantity, Type of Ammunition

Licensed firearm owners in the Cayman Islands are permitted to possess any quantity of ammunition13

Firearm Registration

Civilian Gun Registration

In the Cayman Islands, the law does not require13 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 the Cayman Islands, licensed firearm dealers are required23 to keep a record of each firearm or ammunition purchase, sale or transfer on behalf of a regulating authority

Gun Sales and Transfers

Regulation of Private Gun Sales

In the Cayman Islands, the private sale and transfer of firearms is permitted24

Regulation of Dealer Gun Sales

In the Cayman Islands, dealing in firearms by way of business without a valid gun dealer’s licence is not unlawful24 9

Background Checks for Private Gun Sales

The buyer of a firearm in a private sale in the Cayman Islands is not obliged13 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 the Cayman Islands is not obliged13 to pass official background checks before taking possession

Waiting Period for Gun Possession

In the Cayman Islands, the minimum wait for a lawful firearm purchase to be completed is undetermined13

Regulation of Gun Shows

In the Cayman Islands, gun shows and temporary firearm dealing events are not regulated13 in law

Storage and Transport of Guns and Ammunition

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Private

Firearm regulations in the Cayman Islands do not include13 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 the Cayman Islands do not include13 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition by licensed arms dealers

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Government

Government regulations in the Cayman Islands do not include13 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition by state entities

Firearm and Ammunition Transport Regulations

Regulations in the Cayman Islands do not include13 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition while in transit

Marking and Tracing Guns and Ammunition

Firearm Tracing

In the Cayman Islands, state authorities carry out25 recognised arms tracing and tracking procedures

Ballistic Record of Firearms and Ammunition

In the Cayman Islands, the ballistic characteristics of each civilian firearm and its ammunition are not recorded in a register

Carrying Guns

Carrying Guns Openly in Public

In the Cayman Islands, carrying a firearm in plain view in a public place is allowed, subject to a valid permit26 27

Carrying Hidden Handguns in Public

In the Cayman Islands, carrying a concealed firearm in a public place is allowed, subject to a valid permit26 27

Gun Free Zones

In the Cayman Islands, private guns are prohibited in any public place specified by the Governor and published in the Gazette28

Penalty for Illicit Firearm Possession

In the Cayman Islands, the maximum penalty for unlawful possession of a firearm29 is 20 years prison and a $100,000 fine21

Collection, Amnesty and Destruction Programmes

Authorities in the Cayman Islands are known to have25 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 the Cayman Islands, the number of firearms voluntarily surrendered in recent arms amnesty and collection programmes is reported to be 2625 (2010)

MeasuresInternational Controls

United Nations Membership

In the UN List of Member States, the Cayman Islands are not a Member State of the United Nations30

Wassenaar Arrangement

The Wassenaar Arrangement on Export Controls and Conventional Arms and Dual-Use Goods and Technologies does not list31 the Cayman Islands as a Participating State


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Brent Fuller. 2011. ‘Firearms Fight Heads to Court - Number.’ Caymanian Compass (Cayman Islands). 15 August. (N257) Full Citation

2.

GunPolicy.org.2014.‘Calculated Rates - Cayman Islands.’ Historical Population Data - USCB International Data Base.Suitland, MD:US Census Bureau Population Division,4 July. (Q5556)Full Citation

3.

Jackson, Thomas.2005.‘Global Gun Deaths.’ NISAT Firearm Mortality Database 2005.Oslo:Norwegian Initiative on Small Arms Transfers,1 January. (Q12)Full Citation

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UNODC.2014.‘Homicides in the Cayman Islands.’ Global Study on Homicide 2013: Trends, Context, Data.Vienna:United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC),10 April. (Q10102)Full Citation

5.

UNODC.2013.‘Homicide in 207 Countries - Cayman Islands.’ Global Study on Homicide 2011: Trends, Context, Data.Vienna:United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime,26 June. (Q6367)Full Citation

6.

Petrini, Benjamin.2011.‘Latin America and the Caribbean, 1995-2008, Total Recorded Intentional Homicide, Completed, Rate per 100,000 Population.’ World Bank Homicide Rate Dataset 1995-2008.Washington, DC:Social Development Department, World Bank,10 February. (Q3817)Full Citation

7.

Cayman Islands.1964.‘General Restriction on Repair of Firearms.’ Firearms Law 17 of 1964 (2008 Revision).George Town:Government of the Cayman Islands,22 October. (Q3655)Full Citation

8.

Cayman Islands.1964.‘Special Restrictions on Shortening Firearms and Converting Imitation Firearms into Firearms.’ Firearms Law 17 of 1964 (2008 Revision).George Town:Government of the Cayman Islands,22 October. (Q3656)Full Citation

9.

Cayman Islands.1964.‘Types of Licences and Permits.’ Firearms Law 17 of 1964 (2008 Revision).George Town:Government of the Cayman Islands,22 October. (Q3661)Full Citation

10.

Cayman Islands.1964.‘Restriction on Importation or Exportation of Firearms and Bullet-proof Vests.’ Firearms Law 17 of 1964 (2008 Revision).George Town:Government of the Cayman Islands,22 October. (Q3652)Full Citation

11.

Marsh, Nicholas.2014.‘Database of Authorised Transfers of Small Arms and Light Weapons.’ NISAT Small Arms Trade Database.Oslo:Norwegian Initiative on Small Arms Transfers,22 December. (Q16)Full Citation

12.

Cayman Islands.1964.‘Restrictions on Delivery of Firearms.’ Firearms Law 17 of 1964 (2008 Revision).George Town:Government of the Cayman Islands,22 October. (Q3654)Full Citation

13.

Cayman Islands.1964.‘Firearms Law.’ Firearms Law 17 of 1964 (2008 Revision).George Town:Government of the Cayman Islands,22 October. (Q4098)Full Citation

14.

Newton, George D and Franklin E Zimring.1969.‘Firearm Licensing: Permissive v Restrictive.’ Firearms & Violence in American Life: A staff report submitted to the National Commission on the Causes and Prevention of Violence.Washington, DC:US Government Printing Office,1 January. (Q22)Full Citation

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Cayman Islands.1964.‘Firearms Law.’ Firearms Law 17 of 1964 (2008 Revision).George Town:Government of the Cayman Islands,22 October. (Q3701)Full Citation

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Cayman Islands.1964.‘Appropriate Authority.’ Firearms Law 17 of 1964 (2008 Revision).George Town:Government of the Cayman Islands,22 October. (Q3665)Full Citation

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Brent Fuller. 2011. ‘Firearms Fight Heads to Court - Licensing.’ Caymanian Compass (Cayman Islands). 15 August. (N258) Full Citation

18.

Sherman, Amy and Tom Ginsburg.2014.‘Gun Rights in National Constitutions.’ Marco Rubio Says Second Amendment Is Unique in Speech to NRA.Miami, FL:Miami Herald (PolitiFact Florida),29 April. (Q8507)Full Citation

19.

Cayman Islands.1964.‘General Provisions as to Grant and Issue of Licences and Permits.’ Firearms Law 17 of 1964 (2008 Revision).George Town:Government of the Cayman Islands,22 October. (Q3662)Full Citation

20.

Cayman Islands.1964.‘Definitions and Interpretation.’ Firearms Law 17 of 1964 (2008 Revision).George Town:Government of the Cayman Islands,22 October. (Q3651)Full Citation

21.

Cayman Islands.1964.‘Possession and Use of Firearms and Bullet-proof Vests.’ Firearms Law 17 of 1964 (2008 Revision).George Town:Government of the Cayman Islands,22 October. (Q3658)Full Citation

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Cayman Islands.1964.‘Duration of Licence or Permit.’ Firearms Law 17 of 1964 (2008 Revision).George Town:Government of the Cayman Islands,22 October. (Q3664)Full Citation

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Cayman Islands.1964.‘Records and Returns.’ Firearms Law 17 of 1964 (2008 Revision).George Town:Government of the Cayman Islands,22 October. (Q3657)Full Citation

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Cayman Islands.1964.‘Restrictions Upon Acquisition or Disposal of Firearms and Bullet-proof Vests.’ Firearms Law 17 of 1964 (2008 Revision).George Town:Government of the Cayman Islands,22 October. (Q3653)Full Citation

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Brent Fuller. 2011. ‘Police Offer Cash-for-Guns.’ CayCompass.com (Cayman Islands). 2 August. (N254) Full Citation

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Cayman Islands.1964.‘General Restriction on Carrying Firearms and Wearing Bullet-proof Vests in Public.’ Firearms Law 17 of 1964 (2008 Revision).George Town:Government of the Cayman Islands,22 October. (Q3659)Full Citation

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Cayman Islands.1964.‘Special Provisions Relating to Firearm User's (Special) Licence.’ Firearms Law 17 of 1964 (2008 Revision).George Town:Government of the Cayman Islands,22 October. (Q3663)Full Citation

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Cayman Islands.1964.‘Special Restriction on Carrying of Firearms in Public Places.’ Firearms Law 17 of 1964 (2008 Revision).George Town:Government of the Cayman Islands,22 October. (Q3660)Full Citation

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UN.2013.‘Member States of the United Nations.’ UN.org Web Site.New York, NY:United Nations General Assembly,7 April. (Q290)Full Citation

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Wassenaar Arrangement.1996.‘Introduction: Participating States.’ Wassenaar Arrangement on Export Controls and Conventional Arms and Dual-Use Goods and Technologies.Vienna:Wassenaar Secretariat,12 July. (Q19)Full Citation