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Armed Violence and Guns in Central Asia

Despite their history as satellite states of the former Soviet Union, the countries of the Central Asian Plateau report some of the World’s lowest civilian gun possession rates, ranging from 0.9 per 100 people in Kyrgyzstan, to 3.8 per 100 people in Turkmenistan.1

Estimated military small arm stockpiles vary from as few as 19,000 in Tajikistan to 757,000 in Kazakhstan.2

Uzbekistan is believed to have the largest number of law enforcement firearms in the region, with police holdings estimated at 72,000.3

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Short References

1.

Karp, Aaron.2007.‘Completing the Count: Civilian firearms - Annexe online.’ Small Arms Survey 2007: Guns and the City.Cambridge:Cambridge University Press,27 August. (Q5)Full Citation

2.

Karp, Aaron.2006.‘Trickle and Torrent: State stockpiles.’ Small Arms Survey 2006: Unfinished Business.Oxford:Oxford University Press,1 July. (Q7)Full Citation

3.

Karp, Aaron.2006.‘Trickle and Torrent: State stockpiles.’ Small Arms Survey 2006: Unfinished Business.Oxford:Oxford University Press,1 July. (Q6)Full Citation