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Dominican Republic — Gun Facts, Figures and the Law

StockpilesGun Numbers

Civilian Guns

Number of Privately Owned Firearms

The estimated total number of guns (both licit and illicit) held by civilians in the Dominican Republic is 600,0001 2

Rate of Civilian Firearm Possession per 100 Population

The estimated rate of private gun ownership (both licit and illicit) in the Dominican Republic is 5.91 2 firearms per 100 people

Number of Privately Owned Rifles

In the Dominican Republic, the number of rifles in civilian possession is reported to be 8783 4 5

Number of Privately Owned Shotguns

In the Dominican Republic, the number of shotguns in civilian possession is reported to be 55,3603 4 5

Number of Privately Owned Handguns

In the Dominican Republic, the number of handguns in civilian possession is reported to be 165,3153 4 5

Number of Privately Owned Firearms - World Ranking

In a 2007 comparison of the number of privately owned guns in 178 countries, the Dominican Republic ranked at No. 856

Rate of Privately Owned Firearms per 100 Population - World Ranking

In a 2007 comparison of the rate of private gun ownership in 178 countries, the Dominican Republic ranked at No. 992

Number of Licensed Firearm Owners

The number of licensed gun owners in the Dominican Republic is reported to be

2011: 333,4367

Rate of Licensed Firearm Owners per 100 Population

The rate of licensed firearm owners per 100 people in the Dominican Republic is

2011: 3.358

Number of Registered Firearms

ChartThe number of registered guns in the Dominican Republic is reported to be

2016: 231,9009
2014: 220,5533
2013: 213,000
2012: 298,43210 5
2011: 206,70711 4
2010: 198,4267
2005: 178,19312
2000: 30,51611

Rate of Registered Firearms per 100 Population

ChartThe rate of registered guns per 100 people in the Dominican Republic is

2016: 2.198
2014: 2.138
2013: 2.08
2012: 2.96
2011: 2.08
2010: 2.02
2005: 1.94
2000: 0.36

Estimated Number of Illicit Firearms

Unlawfully held guns cannot be counted, but in the Dominican Republic there are estimated to be 300,00010

Estimated Rate of Illicit Firearms per 100 Population

Unlawfully held guns cannot be counted, but in the Dominican Republic there are estimated to be 2.978 illicit firearms per 100 people

Government Guns

Number of Military Firearms

The defence forces of the Dominican Republic are reported to have 56,00013 14 firearms

Number of Law Enforcement Firearms

Police in the Dominican Republic are reported to have 32,00013 15 firearms

ImpactsDeath and Injury

Total Number of Gun Deaths

ChartIn the Dominican Republic, annual deaths resulting from firearms total

2010: 91016
1999: 45017

Rate of All Gun Deaths per 100,000 People

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

2010: 9.316
1999: 5.418

Homicides (any method)

ChartIn the Dominican Republic, annual homicides by any means total

2013: 1,98418
2012: 2,26818 19 20
2011: 2,51618 19 21 22
2010: 2,476
2009: 2,37818 19 21 22 23
2008: 2,355
2007: 2,092
2006: 2,113
2005: 2,398
2004: 2,323
2003: 1,656
2002: 1,230
2001: 1,086
2000: 1,090
1999: 1,06621
1998: 1,121
1997: 1,038
1996: 1,032
1995: 1,007

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

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

2013: 20.2818
2012: 23.4218 24 19 20
2011: 26.2618 19 21 22
2010: 26.12
2009: 25.3518 19 21 22 23
2008: 25.38
2007: 22.8
2006: 23.29
2005: 26.74
2004: 26.23
2003: 18.94
2002: 14.25
2001: 12.75
2000: 12.98
1999: 12.621 25
1998: 13.521
1997: 12.721 25
1996: 12.821
1995: 12.7

Gun Homicides

ChartIn the Dominican Republic, annual firearm homicides total

2013: 1,25418
2012: 1,45718 19
2011: 1,57518 26 19
2010: 1,61518 19 21 27 16
2009: 1,54419 21 27
2008: 1,67619 21 27 28
2007: 1,48827
2006: 1,15819 29
2005: 1,556
2004: 1,10427
2003: 908
2002: 682
2001: 591
2000: 563
1999: 35017

Rate of Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

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

2013: 12.278
2012: 14.44
2011: 15.82
2010: 16.448 21 27 16
2009: 15.938 21 27 23
2008: 17.53
2007: 15.227 23
2006: 12.468 23
2005: 16.98
2004: 11.827 23
2003: 9.8
2002: 7.5
2001: 6.6
2000: 6.4
1999: 4.0017

Proportion of Homicides Committed With a Gun

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

2013: 63%18
2012: 64%18 19 20
2011: 63%18 19
2010: 65%
2009: 65%19
2008: 70%
2006: 54%
2005: 65%

Suicides (any method)

ChartIn the Dominican Republic, annual suicides by any means total

2009: 52530 31
2008: 617
2007: 599
2006: 464
2005: 601
2004: 291
2003: 315
2002: 301
2001: 314
2000: 327
1999: 17417

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

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

2009: 5.230 31
2008: 6.2
2007: 6.1
2006: 4.8
2005: 6.3
2004: 3.1
2003: 3.4
2002: 3.3
2001: 3.5
2000: 3.7
1999: 1.9917

Gun Suicides

ChartIn the Dominican Republic, annual firearm suicides total

2010: 4516
1999: 3817

Rate of Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

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

2010: 0.516
1999: 0.4317

Unintentional Gun Deaths

ChartIn the Dominican Republic, annual unintentional shooting deaths total

2010: 18616
1998: 417

Rate of Unintentional Gun Death per 100,000 People

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

2010: 1.898
1998: 0.0517

Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

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

2010: 4916
1999: 6217

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

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

2010: 0.508
1999: 0.7117

ProductionGun Industry

Regulation of Firearm Makers

In the Dominican Republic, the manufacture of small arms, ammunition and/or their components is permitted only if the maker holds a valid licence, but is not conducted in practice32 33 34

TransfersGun Trade and Trafficking

Firearm Exports

In the Dominican Republic, firearm and ammunition exports are limited by transfer control law35 36

Small Arms Exports (US$) - Customs

The annual value of small arms and ammunition exports from the Dominican Republic is reported by Customs to be US$36037 (2011)

Firearm Imports

In the Dominican Republic, firearm and ammunition imports are limited by transfer control law38 39 40 34 41 42 43 35 36 44 45

Small Arms Imports (US$) - Customs

The annual value of small arms and ammunition imports to the Dominican Republic is reported by Customs to be US$5,576,49737 (2011)46

Regulation of Arms Brokers

In the Dominican Republic, the activities of arms brokers and transfer intermediaries are specifically regulated by law47

End User Certificates

Customs regulations in the Dominican Republic do not include48 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 Dominican Republic is categorised as restrictive49

Firearm Law

Guiding gun control legislation in the Dominican Republic includes Act No. 36 of 1965 on the Commerce, Carrying and Possession of Firearms,50 51 52 its regulation, Resolution 02-06,53 and Resolution 01-07 on Gun Shops, Arms and Ammunition Imports39

Firearm Regulation Authority

Guns in the Dominican Republic are regulated by the Ministry of the Interior, the Police54 and the National Directorate for the Control of Firearms9

Right to Possess Firearms

In the Dominican Republic, the right to private gun ownership is not guaranteed by law55 56

Restricted Firearms and Ammunition

In the Dominican Republic, civilians are not allowed to possess automatic firearms57 20

Law Regulates Handguns

In the Dominican Republic, civilian possession of handguns is regulated by law58 20

Regulation of Handguns

In the Dominican Republic, private possession of handguns (pistols and revolvers) is permitted under licence59

Law Regulates Long Guns

In the Dominican Republic, civilian possession of rifles and shotguns is regulated by law58 59 34 20

Gun Ownership and Possession

In the Dominican Republic, only licensed gun owners60 61 62 63 54 64 65 66 34 67 68 69 20 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 Dominican Republic are required to establish a genuine reason to possess a firearm, for example collection,66 employment65 or self-defence64 68 70 69

Minimum Age for Firearm Possession

The minimum age for gun ownership in the Dominican Republic is 18 years71 61 69

Gun Owner Background Checks

An applicant for a firearm licence in the Dominican Republic must pass a background check which considers medical, addiction, mental health and criminal71 61 69 72 20 records

Reference Required for Firearm Licence

In the Dominican Republic, third party character references for each gun licence applicant are not required73

Partner to be Advised or Interviewed

In the Dominican Republic, licensing authorities are not required73 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 the Dominican Republic does not stipulate73 that a gun licence should be denied or revoked

Firearm Safety Training

In the Dominican Republic, an understanding of firearm safety and the law, tested in a theoretical and/or practical training course is required61 for a firearm licence

Gun Owner Licensing Period

In the Dominican Republic, gun owners must re-apply and re-qualify for their firearm licence every year74 68

Licensing Records

In the Dominican Republic, authorities maintain a record75 66 68 57 of individual civilians licensed to acquire, possess, sell or transfer a firearm or ammunition

Limit on Number of Guns

Licensed firearm owners in the Dominican Republic are permitted to possess any number of firearms73

Limit on Quantity, Type of Ammunition

Licensed firearm owners in the Dominican Republic are permitted to possess any quantity of ammunition73

Firearm Registration

Civilian Gun Registration

In the Dominican Republic, the law requires75 68 76 77 44 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 Dominican Republic, licensed firearm dealers are required78 79 44 to keep a record of each firearm or ammunition purchase, sale or transfer on behalf of a regulating authority

State-Owned Firearm Records

In the Dominican Republic, State agencies are required80 68 76 77 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 the Dominican Republic, the private sale and transfer of firearms is prohibited unless with a valid firearms licence81 34 68

Regulation of Dealer Gun Sales

In the Dominican Republic, dealing in firearms by way of business without a valid gun dealer’s licence is unlawful40 38 81 34 79 44

Background Checks for Dealer Gun Sales

The buyer of a firearm from a licensed gun dealer in the Dominican Republic is not obliged73 to pass official background checks before taking possession

Waiting Period for Gun Possession

In the Dominican Republic, the minimum wait for a lawful firearm purchase to be completed is undetermined73

Regulation of Gun Shows

In the Dominican Republic, gun shows and temporary firearm dealing events are not regulated73 in law

Storage and Transport of Guns and Ammunition

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Private

Firearm regulations in the Dominican Republic include61 82 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 Dominican Republic include83 44 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 Dominican Republic include80 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition by state entities

Firearm and Ammunition Transport Regulations

Regulations in the Dominican Republic do not include73 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition while in transit

Marking and Tracing Guns and Ammunition

Firearm Marking

In the Dominican Republic, a unique identifying mark on each firearm is required by law84 85 86 76 87 88

Firearm Tracing

In the Dominican Republic, state authorities carry out89 88 77 90 91 recognised arms tracing and tracking procedures

Ballistic Record of Firearms and Ammunition

In the Dominican Republic, the ballistic characteristics of each civilian firearm and its ammunition are89 92 77 recorded in a register

Carrying Guns

Law Regulates Firearms in Public

In the Dominican Republic, carrying a gun in a public place is regulated by law82 60 34 20

Carrying Guns Openly in Public

In the Dominican Republic, carrying a firearm in plain view in a public place is allowed, subject to a valid permit82 60 34 20

Carrying Hidden Handguns in Public

In the Dominican Republic, carrying a concealed firearm in a public place is allowed, subject to a valid permit82 60 34 20

Gun Free Zones

In the Dominican Republic, private guns are prohibited in recreational sites or public meetings93 94

Penalty for Illicit Firearm Possession

In the Dominican Republic, the maximum penalty for unlawful possession of a firearm95 is two years in prison and a fine82 96 97 86 98

Collection, Amnesty and Destruction Programmes

Firearms Surrendered and Seized

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

2014: 5799
2013: 512100 101 102
2012: 139101 102 103
2011: 978104 102 103
2010: 331105 104 102
2009: 324106
2007: 1,835107
2006: 1,574
2005: 2,180
2004: 330107 108

Small Arms Destroyed

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

2014: 2,800109 110
2013: 30,000111
2008: 3,348112
2006: 3,348113

Destruction and Disposal Policy

In the Dominican Republic, it is not state policy114 115 to destroy surplus, collected and seized firearms rather than return them to the secondary arms market

MeasuresInternational Controls

Regional Agreements

Central American Integration System

As a member of the Central American Integration System (SICA), the Dominican Republic is party to the 2007 Central American Programme on Small Arms Control and the Code of Conduct of Central American States on the Transfer of Arms, Ammunition, Explosives and Other Related Material116

Organization of American States

On 14 November 1997, as a member of the Organisation of American States (OAS), the Dominican Republic 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 ratified117 118 by the Dominican Republic

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 2007119 by the Dominican Republic.

United Nations Arms Trade Treaty

The United Nations Arms Trade Treaty has been signed and ratified120 by the Dominican Republic

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 ratified121 by the Dominican Republic

United Nations Small Arms Programme of Action UNPoA

UNPoA Commitment

On 21 July 2001, the Dominican Republic 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 Aspects122

UNPoA Implementation Monitor Score

In its UN small arms Programme of Action Implementation Monitor (PoAIM Phase 1), the Small Arms Survey scored the Dominican Republic against its commitments to the PoA, then ranked it at No. 127123 124 125 126 among 159 Member States

UNPoA National Reporting

Under the terms of its 2001 commitment to the United Nations small arms Programme of Action, the Dominican Republic has submitted one or more national reports127 91 9 on its implementation of the UNPoA

UNPoA National Point of Contact

In the Dominican Republic, a National Point of Contact to deal with issues relating to the UNPoA has been designated91

UNPoA National Coordinating Body

In the Dominican Republic, a National Coordinating Body to deal with issues relating to the UNPoA has been designated91

UNPoA Civil Society Involvement and Support

In National Reports of the Dominican Republic submitted to the UN from 2001 to 2010, a history of substantive cooperation with civil society in support of UNPoA activities was apparent91

UNPoA International Assistance – Donor

Funds for UNPoA implementation have not been donated91 by the Dominican Republic to other UN Member States

United Nations Small Arms Register

According to the United Nations Register of Conventional Arms, the Dominican Republic has not declared128 its small arms exports in one or more annual National Reports on Arms Exports.

United Nations Membership

In the UN List of Member States, the Dominican Republic has been a Member State of the United Nations since 1945129

Wassenaar Arrangement

The Wassenaar Arrangement on Export Controls and Conventional Arms and Dual-Use Goods and Technologies does not list130 the Dominican Republic as a Participating State

BackgroundCountry Profile

Conflict Profile

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

Global Peace Index

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


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