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Guam — Gun Facts, Figures and the Law

StockpilesGun Numbers

Civilian Guns

Percentage of Adults Living in a Home With a Gun

In Guam, the fraction of adults living in a household with a firearm is reported to be 2001: 14.31

ImpactsDeath and Injury

Homicides (any method)

ChartIn Guam, annual homicides by any means total

2007: 12
2006: 11
2005: 7
2004: 9
2003: 8
2002: 2
2001: 8
2000: 2

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

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

2007: 0.62
2006: 6.4
2005: 4.2
2004: 5.4
2003: 4.9
2002: 1.2
2001: 5.1
2000: 1.3

Gun Homicides

ChartIn Guam, annual firearm homicides total

2007: 03
2004: 6

Rate of Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

In Guam, the annual rate of firearm homicide per 100,000 population is 2007: 0.004

MeasuresGun Regulation

Firearm Regulation - Guiding Policy

The regulation of guns in Guam is categorised as permissive5

Firearm Law

Guiding gun control legislation in Guam includes the Guam Code, Chapter 60, Firearms6

Firearm Regulation Authority

Guns in Guam are regulated by the Chief of Police, the Guam Police Department, and the Department of Public Safety7 8

Right to Possess Firearms

In Guam, the right to private gun ownership is guaranteed by law9 7

Restricted Firearms and Ammunition

In Guam, civilians are not allowed to possess machine and sub-machine guns, automatic rifles and any other firearm not a rifle having a barrel length of sixteen inches or greater or not a shotgun having a barrel length of eighteen inches or greater or a revolver or pistol having a barrel length of more than twelve inches10

Regulation of Automatic Weapons

In Guam, private possession of fully automatic weapons is prohibited10

Regulation of Semiautomatic Assault Weapons

In Guam, private possession of semi-automatic assault weapons is permitted under licence10 11

Regulation of Handguns

In Guam, private possession of handguns (pistols and revolvers) is permitted under licence11 10

Gun Ownership and Possession

In Guam, only licensed gun owners12 13 8 may lawfully acquire, possess or transfer a firearm or ammunition

Genuine Reason Required for Firearm Possession

Applicants for a gun owner’s licence in Guam are not required to prove genuine reason to possess a firearm, unless seeking approval for a permit to carry a concealed firearm for self-defence purposes13 14

Minimum Age for Firearm Possession

The minimum age for gun ownership in Guam is 18 years15

Gun Licence Background Checks

An applicant for a firearm licence in Guam must pass a background check which considers criminal, mental and medical15 records

Reference Required for Firearm Licence

In Guam, third party character references for each gun licence applicant are not required16

Domestic Violence and Firearms

Where a past history, or apprehended likelihood of family violence exists, the law in Guam does not stipulate16 that a gun licence should be denied or revoked

Firearm Safety Training

In Guam, an understanding of firearm safety and the law, tested in a theoretical and/or practical training course is not required16 for a firearm licence

Gun Owner Licensing Period

In Guam gun owners must re-apply and re-qualify for their firearm licence every three years17

Licensing Records

In Guam, authorities maintain a record17 of individual civilians licensed to acquire, possess, sell or transfer a firearm or ammunition

Limit on Number of Guns

Licensed firearm owners in Guam are permitted to possess any number of firearms16

Limit on Quantity, Type of Ammunition

Licensed firearm owners in Guam are permitted to possess any quantity of ammunition16

Firearm Registration

Civilian Gun Registration

In Guam, the law requires18 17 19 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 Guam, licensed firearm dealers are required20 to keep a record of each firearm or ammunition purchase, sale or transfer on behalf of a regulating authority

Gun Sales and Transfers

Background Checks on Dealer Gun Sales

The buyer of a firearm from a licensed gun dealer in Guam is obliged21 to pass official background checks before taking possession

Regulation of Private Gun Sales

In Guam, the private sale and transfer of firearms is permitted22 23 12

Regulation of Dealer Gun Sales

In Guam, dealing in firearms by way of business without a valid gun dealer’s licence is not unlawful12 22 23 24

Limit on Gun Dealer Sales

In Guam, the number and type of firearms which can be sold by a licensed gun dealer to a single gun owner is limited to only those firearm types indicated on the holder's identification card17

Storage and Transport of Guns and Ammunition

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Private

Firearm regulations in Guam do not include16 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 Guam include25 20 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition by licensed arms dealers

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Government

Government regulations in Guam do not include16 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition by state entities

Firearm and Ammunition Transport Regulations

Regulations in Guam do not include16 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition while in transit

Marking and Tracing Guns and Ammunition

Firearm Marking

In Guam, a unique identifying mark on each firearm is required by law26

Firearm Tracing

In Guam, state authorities carry out27 28 29 30 recognised arms tracing and tracking procedures

Ballistic Marking of Firearms and Ammunition

In Guam, state authorities do not employ16 ballistic fingerprinting technology to trace guns and ammunition

Carrying Guns

Carrying Guns Openly in Public

In Guam, carrying a firearm in plain view in a public place is permitted11

Carrying Hidden Handguns in Public

In Guam, carrying a concealed firearm in a public place is prohibited unless an applicant shows exceptional cause therefor14 31

Penalty for Illicit Firearm Possession

In Guam, the maximum penalty for illicit firearm possession is 3 years prison and a $1,000 fine32 33

MeasuresInternational Controls

United Nations Membership

In the UN List of Member States, Guam 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 list34 Guam as a Participating State


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2.

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Guam.2003.‘Guiding Legislation.’ Public Law 27-61, Title 10, Chapter 60 – Firearms.Hagatna:Guam Legislature,22 December. (Q1502)Full Citation

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18.

Guam.2003.‘Registration.’ Public Law 27-61, Title 10, Chapter 60 — Firearms.Hagatna:Guam Legislature,22 December. (Q759)Full Citation

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Guam.2003.‘Transfer of Firearm: Private.’ Public Law 27-61, Title 10, Chapter 60 – Firearms.Hagatna:Guam Legislature,22 December. (Q761)Full Citation

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