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Greenland — Gun Facts, Figures and the Law

ImpactsDeath and Injury

Homicides (any method)

ChartIn Greenland, annual homicides by any means total

2009: 111
2008: 6
2007: 2
2006: 10
2005: 10
2004: 11
2003: 5
2002: 12
2001: 17
2000: 13
1999: 11
1998: 6
1997: 11
1996: 3
1995: 11

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

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

2009: 19.21
2008: 10.5
2007: 3.5
2006: 17.5
2005: 17.5
2004: 19.3
2003: 8.8
2002: 21.2
2001: 30.1
2000: 23.1
1999: 19.6
1998: 10.7
1997: 19.7
1996: 5.4
1995: 19.8

TransfersGun Trade and Trafficking

Regulation of Firearm Exports

In Greenland, firearm and ammunition exports are limited by transfer control law2

Small Arms Exports (US$) - Customs

The annual value of small arms and ammunition exports from Greenland is reported by Customs to be US$3,7473 (2011)

Regulation of Firearm Imports

In Greenland, firearm and ammunition imports are limited by transfer control law2

Small Arms Imports (US$) - Customs

The annual value of small arms and ammunition imports to Greenland is reported by Customs to be US$1,044,8583 (2011)

MeasuresGun Regulation

Firearm Law

Guiding gun control legislation in Greenland includes the Act on Control and Registration of Firearms in Greenland 19922

Firearm Regulation Authority

Guns in Greenland are regulated by the Ministry of Justice and the Chief Constable of Greenland2

Right to Possess Firearms

In Greenland, the right to private gun ownership is not guaranteed by law4

Gun Ownership and Possession

In Greenland, only licensed gun owners2 may lawfully acquire, possess or transfer a firearm or ammunition

Gun Licence Background Check

An applicant for a firearm licence in Greenland must pass a background check which considers criminal and relationship2 records

Storage and Transport of Guns and Ammunition

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Private

Firearm regulations in Greenland include2 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of private firearms and ammunition by licensed gun owners

MeasuresInternational Controls

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 not signed5 by Greenland.

United Nations Membership

In the UN List of Member States, Greenland is not a Member State of the United Nations

Wassenaar Arrangement

The Wassenaar Arrangement on Export Controls and Conventional Arms and Dual-Use Goods and Technologies does not list6 Greenland as a Participating State


Short References

1.

UNODC.2013.‘Homicide in 207 Countries - Greenland.’ Global Study on Homicide 2011: Trends, Context, Data.Vienna:United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime,26 June. (Q6263)Full Citation

2.

Greenland.1992.‘Act on Control and Registration of Firearms in Greenland, 1992.’ Danish Polar Centre.Amalienborg:Ministry of Justice,19 December. (Q1367)Full Citation

3.

Marsh, Nicholas.2013.‘Database of Authorised Transfers of Small Arms and Light Weapons.’ NISAT Small Arms Trade Database.Oslo:Norwegian Initiative on Small Arms Transfers,14 February. (Q16)Full Citation

4.

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

5.

GDAV.2006.‘Geneva Declaration.’ Geneva Declaration on Armed Violence and Development.Geneva:Geneva Declaration on Armed Violence and Development Secretariat,7 June. (Q7162)Full Citation

6.

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