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StockpilesGun Numbers

Civilian Guns

Number of Privately Owned Firearms

The estimated total number of guns (both licit and illicit) held by civilians in Chile is 1,750,0001 2 to 2,760,0003

Rate of Civilian Firearm Possession per 100 Population

The estimated rate of private gun ownership (both licit and illicit) in Chile is 10.21 4 to 16.035 firearms per 100 people

Number of Privately Owned Rifles

ChartIn Chile, the number of rifles in civilian possession is reported to be

2015: 64,0496
1995: 41,5557

Number of Privately Owned Shotguns

ChartIn Chile, the number of shotguns in civilian possession is reported to be

2015: 269,1906
1995: 180,9247

Number of Privately Owned Handguns

ChartIn Chile, the number of handguns in civilian possession is reported to be

2015: 431,3936
1995: 378,4547

Number of Privately Owned Firearms - World Ranking

In a 2007 comparison of the number of privately owned guns in 178 countries, Chile ranked at No. 408

Rate of Privately Owned Firearms per 100 Population - World Ranking

In a 2007 comparison of the rate of private gun ownership in 178 countries, Chile ranked at No. 594

Number of Licensed Firearm Owners

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

2006: 457,0009
1999: 350,0007

Rate of Licensed Firearm Owners per 100 Population

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

2006: 2.835
1999: 2.33

Number of Registered Firearms

ChartThe number of registered guns in Chile is reported to be

2016: 769,00010
2015: 764,8746
2013: 758,5933
2010: 757,39711
2009: 756,00012
2006: 737,98012 9 13
2005: 695,96812 4 14
2003: 649,52412

Rate of Registered Firearms per 100 Population

ChartThe rate of registered guns per 100 people in Chile is

2016: 4.365
2015: 4.37
2013: 4.41
2010: 4.52
2009: 4.55
2006: 4.58
2005: 4.36
2003: 4.14

Estimated Number of Illicit Firearms

Unlawfully held guns cannot be counted, but in Chile there are estimated to be 750,0002 9 to 2,000,0003 15

Estimated Rate of Illicit Firearms per 100 Population

Unlawfully held guns cannot be counted, but in Chile there are estimated to be 11.625 illicit firearms per 100 people

Government Guns

Number of Military Firearms

The defence forces of Chile are reported to have 265,00016 17 2 18 firearms

Number of Law Enforcement Firearms

Police in Chile are reported to have 26,00016 19 firearms

ImpactsDeath and Injury

Total Number of Gun Deaths

ChartIn Chile, annual deaths resulting from firearms total

2011: 40120
2009: 41421
2002: 24622 23

Rate of All Gun Deaths per 100,000 People

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

2011: 2.420
2009: 2.495
2002: 1.59

Homicides (any method)

ChartIn Chile, annual homicides by any means total

2013: 55324
2012: 55024 25
2011: 63624 25 26 27
2010: 541
2009: 63024 25 26 27 28
2008: 588
2007: 616
2006: 590
2005: 576
2004: 85526 27 28
2003: 51325 26 27 28
2002: 83726 27 28
2001: 843
2000: 786
1999: 45726
1998: 421
1997: 371
1996: 439
1995: 461

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

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

2013: 2.7424
2012: 2.7824 25
2011: 3.1524 25 26 27
2010: 2.85
2009: 3.5124 25 26 27 28
2008: 3.32
2007: 3.46
2006: 3.57
2005: 3.524 25 26 27 28 13
2004: 5.326 27 28
2003: 3.225 26 27 28
2002: 5.326 27 28
2001: 5.4
2000: 5.1
1999: 3.026 29
1998: 2.8
1997: 2.5
1996: 3.0
1995: 3.2

Gun Homicides

ChartIn Chile, annual firearm homicides total

2011: 17225 20
2010: 12425
2009: 158
2008: 53
2007: 43
2006: 71
2005: 22525 26 13
2002: 922
2001: 9
2000: 2730

Rate of Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

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

2011: 1.025 20
2010: 0.745
2009: 0.95
2008: 0.32
2007: 0.26
2006: 0.44
2005: 1.415 26
2002: 0.0622
2001: 0.06
2000: 0.1830

Proportion of Homicides Committed With a Gun

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

2011: 27%25
2010: 23%
2009: 25%25 21
2008: 9%25
2007: 7%
2006: 12%
2005: 39%25 13

Suicides (any method)

ChartIn Chile, annual suicides by any means total

2009: 2,15531
2008: 2,168
2007: 1,930
2006: 1,795
2005: 1,67931 32
2004: 1,74231
2003: 1,65931 32
2002: 1,59431
2001: 1,623
2000: 1,48031 32

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

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

2009: 12.731
2008: 12.9
2007: 11.6
2006: 10.9
2005: 10.331 32
2004: 10.831
2003: 10.431 32
2002: 10.131
2001: 10.4
2000: 9.631 32

Gun Suicides

ChartIn Chile, annual firearm suicides total

2011: 11020
2009: 13421
2002: 17323

Rate of Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

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

2011: 0.720
2009: 0.815
2002: 1.0923

Unintentional Gun Deaths

ChartIn Chile, annual unintentional shooting deaths total

2011: 1120
2009: 1421
2002: 6423

Rate of Unintentional Gun Death per 100,000 People

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

2011: 0.075
2009: 0.08
2002: 0.4023

Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

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

2001: 623

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

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

2001: 0.045

ProductionGun Industry

Regulation of Firearm Makers

In Chile, the manufacture of small arms, ammunition and/or their components is permitted only if the maker holds a valid licence33 34 35 36 13 37

Small Arms Manufacture - World Ranking

In a classification of the world's small, medium and major firearm manufacturers, Chile was ranked 'small'38

Home-made Guns

In Chile, the prevalence of illicit craft, or 'home-made' firearm manufacture is reported to be moderate15 39

TransfersGun Trade and Trafficking

Firearm Exports

In Chile, firearm and ammunition exports are limited by transfer control law33 40 34 41 42 43 44 45 46

Small Arms Exports (US$) - Customs

The annual value of small arms and ammunition exports from Chile is reported by Customs to be US$1,911,88547 (2011)

Small Arms Exports - World Ranking

In a comparison of the world's major/mid-level/minor/unknown small arms exporters, Chile was categorized as 'minor'48

Firearm Imports

In Chile, firearm and ammunition imports are limited by transfer control law33 34 41 49 42 43 44 50 45 46

Small Arms Imports (US$) - Customs

The annual value of small arms and ammunition imports to Chile is reported by Customs to be US$6,628,28447 (2011)51 52 53 54

Regulation of Arms Brokers

In Chile, the activities of arms brokers and transfer intermediaries are specifically regulated by law41 49 55 46

End User Certificates

Customs regulations in Chile include40 44 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 Chile is categorised as restrictive56

Firearm Law

Guiding gun control legislation in Chile includes the Constitution of the Republic of Chile,35 the Act No. 17798 on Arms Control as amended by the Act No. 20014 of 200557 35 and by the Act No. 20813 of 2015,58 the Complementary Regulation of Act No. 17798,59 the Resolution No. 00416260 and the Convention of 1 July 1969 on Reciprocal Recognition of Proofmarks on Small Arms61

Firearm Regulation Authority

Guns in Chile are regulated by the Ministry of National Defence, through the General Directorate of National Mobilisation, the commanders of the garrison of the Armed Forces and the Chilean Carabinier authorities57 62 63 64

Right to Possess Firearms

In Chile, the right to private gun ownership is not guaranteed by law65 66

Restricted Firearms and Ammunition

In Chile, civilians are not allowed to possess long guns with shortened barrels, automatic handguns, machine guns, sub-machine guns, certain automatic and semi-automatic weapons, and home-made firearms67 68 69 70 71 72

Regulation of Automatic Weapons

In Chile, private possession of fully automatic weapons is prohibited, with only narrow exceptions67 69 73 70 71 72

Regulation of Semiautomatic Assault Weapons

In Chile, private possession of semi-automatic assault weapons is prohibited, with only narrow exceptions67 69 73 70 72

Regulation of Handguns

In Chile, private possession of handguns (pistols and revolvers) is permitted under licence, except for automatic handguns67 69 70

Law Regulates Long Guns

In Chile, civilian possession of rifles and shotguns is regulated by law67 69 70

Gun Ownership and Possession

In Chile, only licensed gun owners33 74 75 76 77 71 78 79 72 may lawfully acquire, possess or transfer a firearm or ammunition

Genuine Reason Required for Firearm Possession

Applicants for a gun owner’s licence in Chile are required to establish a genuine reason to possess a firearm, for example hunting, target shooting, collection, personal protection, security80 70 81 82

Minimum Age for Firearm Possession

The minimum age for gun ownership in Chile is the legal age83 79

Gun Owner Background Checks

An applicant for a firearm licence in Chile must pass a background check which considers criminal, health and mental health83 84 74 79 72 records

Reference Required for Firearm Licence

In Chile, third party character references for each gun licence applicant are not required85

Partner to be Advised or Interviewed

In Chile, licensing authorities are not required85 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 Chile stipulates83 84 79 that a gun licence should be denied or revoked

Firearm Safety Training

In Chile, an understanding of firearm safety and the law, tested in a theoretical and/or practical training course is required83 84 77 79 86 for a firearm licence

Gun Owner Licensing Period

In Chile, gun owners must re-apply and re-qualify for their firearm licence every five years83 84 87

Licensing Records

In Chile, authorities maintain a record86 of individual civilians licensed to acquire, possess, sell or transfer a firearm or ammunition

Limit on Number of Guns

Licensed firearm owners in Chile are permitted to possess two firearms, with exceptions75 78 88 89 81

Limit on Quantity, Type of Ammunition

Licensed firearm owners in Chile are permitted to possess a limited quantity of ammunition90

Firearm Registration

Civilian Gun Registration

In Chile, the law requires74 91 92 93 94 95 72 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 Chile, licensed firearm dealers are required96 33 93 to keep a record of each firearm or ammunition purchase, sale or transfer on behalf of a regulating authority

Gun Manufacturer Record Keeping

In Chile, licensed gun makers are required33 96 97 to keep a record of each firearm produced, for inspection by a regulating authority

State-Owned Firearm Records

In Chile, State agencies are required98 99 100 95 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 Chile, the private sale and transfer of firearms is prohibited without a permit101 33 102 103

Regulation of Dealer Gun Sales

In Chile, dealing in firearms by way of business without a valid gun dealer’s licence is unlawful33 96 34 101 102 92 93 103

Background Checks for Private Gun Sales

The buyer of a firearm in a private sale in Chile is obliged93 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 Chile is obliged93 to pass official background checks before taking possession

Number of Licensed Gun Dealers

The number of licensed firearm dealers in Chile is reported to be

2010: 42711

Waiting Period for Gun Possession

In Chile, the minimum wait for a lawful firearm purchase to be completed is undetermined85

Regulation of Gun Shows

In Chile, gun shows and temporary firearm dealing events are not regulated85 in law

Storage and Transport of Guns and Ammunition

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Private

Firearm regulations in Chile include104 83 84 105 91 71 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 Chile include106 107 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition by licensed arms dealers

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Government

Government regulations in Chile include98 100 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition by state entities

Firearm and Ammunition Transport Regulations

Regulations in Chile include74 93 108 109 110 111 112 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition while in transit

Marking and Tracing Guns and Ammunition

Firearm Marking

In Chile, a unique identifying mark on each firearm is required by law67 68 69 36 50 99 113 95

Firearm Tracing

In Chile, state authorities carry out114 95 115 recognised arms tracing and tracking procedures

Ballistic Record of Firearms and Ammunition

In Chile, the ballistic characteristics of each civilian firearm and its ammunition are not85 recorded in a register

Carrying Guns

Law Regulates Firearms in Public

In Chile, carrying a gun in a public place is regulated by law74 80 116 117 118 82

Carrying Guns Openly in Public

In Chile, carrying a firearm in plain view in a public place is prohibited74 80 116 117 118 82

Carrying Hidden Handguns in Public

In Chile, carrying a concealed firearm in a public place is allowed, subject to a valid permit74 80 116 117 118 82

Penalty for Illicit Firearm Possession

In Chile, the maximum penalty for unlawful possession of a firearm119 is five years in prison120 121 122 123 124 125 126 127

Collection, Amnesty and Destruction Programmes

Authorities in Chile are known to have128 3 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

ChartIn Chile, the number of firearms voluntarily surrendered in recent arms amnesty and collection programmes is reported to be

2012: 2,660128
2009: 3,885129

Firearms Surrendered and Seized

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

2013: 6,229130
2012: 2,894131 130
2011: 3,699130
2010: 3,460
2009: 3,396129

Small Arms Destroyed

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

2014: 7,068132 133
2013: 6,229132 134
2012: 5,554132 135 136 131
2011: 6,893132 137
2010: 7,410
2009: 7,281132 129 138
2008: 12,550132 138
2007: 8,757
2006: 6,012132 138 13
2005: 7,673132 138
2004: 2,766132 138
2003: 2,761
2002: 2,329
2002/04: 7,85613
2000: 5,296132 138
1998: 7,641
1996: 2,500
1995: 3,180
1994: 686
1990: 140
1990/05: 34,97213

Destruction and Disposal Policy

In Chile, it is not state policy139 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), Chile 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 ratified140 141 by Chile

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 2006142 by Chile.

United Nations Arms Trade Treaty

The United Nations Arms Trade Treaty has been signed, but not yet ratified143 by Chile

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 ratified144 by Chile

United Nations Small Arms Programme of Action UNPoA

UNPoA Commitment

On 21 July 2001, Chile 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 Aspects145

UNPoA Implementation Monitor Score

In its UN small arms Programme of Action Implementation Monitor (PoAIM Phase 1), the Small Arms Survey scored Chile against its commitments to the PoA, then ranked it at No. 100146 147 148 149 among 159 Member States

UNPoA National Reporting

Under the terms of its 2001 commitment to the United Nations small arms Programme of Action, Chile has submitted one or more national reports150 115 on its implementation of the UNPoA

UNPoA National Point of Contact

In Chile, a National Point of Contact to deal with issues relating to the UNPoA has been designated151 115

UNPoA National Coordinating Body

In Chile, a National Coordinating Body to deal with issues relating to the UNPoA has been designated115

UNPoA Civil Society Involvement and Support

In National Reports of Chile submitted to the UN from 2001 to 2010, a history of substantive cooperation with civil society in support of UNPoA activities was apparent115

UNPoA International Assistance – Donor

Funds for UNPoA implementation have not been donated115 by Chile to other UN Member States

United Nations Small Arms Register

According to the United Nations Register of Conventional Arms, Chile has declared152 its small arms exports in one or more annual National Reports on Arms Exports.

United Nations Membership

In the UN List of Member States, Chile has been a Member State of the United Nations since 1945153

Wassenaar Arrangement

The Wassenaar Arrangement on Export Controls and Conventional Arms and Dual-Use Goods and Technologies does not list154 Chile as a Participating State

BackgroundCountry Profile

Conflict Profile

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

Global Peace Index

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


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