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StockpilesGun Numbers

Civilian Guns

Number of Privately Owned Firearms

ChartThe estimated total number of guns (both licit and illicit) held by civilians in Israel is

2014: 330,0001 2 3
2005: 500,0004

Rate of Civilian Firearm Possession per 100 Population

ChartThe estimated rate of private gun ownership (both licit and illicit) per 100 people in Israel is

2014: 4.175 6 3
2005: 7.34

Number of Privately Owned Firearms - World Ranking

In a 2007 comparison of the number of privately owned guns in 178 countries, Israel ranked at No. 817

Rate of Privately Owned Firearms per 100 Population - World Ranking

In a 2007 comparison of the rate of private gun ownership in 178 countries, Israel ranked at No. 794

Number of Licensed Firearm Owners

The number of licensed gun owners in Israel is reported to be

2012: 163,2748 9 10 11

Rate of Licensed Firearm Owners per 100 Population

The rate of licensed firearm owners per 100 people in Israel is

2012: 2.135

Number of Registered Firearms

ChartThe number of registered guns in Israel is reported to be

2014: 300,00012
2005: 403,0004

Rate of Registered Firearms per 100 Population

ChartThe rate of registered guns per 100 people in Israel is

2014: 3.795
2005: 5.99

Estimated Number of Illicit Firearms

Unlawfully held guns cannot be counted, but in Israel there are estimated to be 30,0001 13 3

Estimated Rate of Illicit Firearms per 100 Population

Unlawfully held guns cannot be counted, but in Israel the rate of illicit firearms per 100 people is estimated to be 0.385

Government Guns

Number of Military Firearms

The defence forces of Israel are reported to have 1,757,50014 firearms

Number of Law Enforcement Firearms

Police in Israel are reported to have 26,04015 firearms

ImpactsDeath and Injury

Total Number of Gun Deaths

ChartIn Israel, annual deaths resulting from firearms total

2013: 9916 17 18
2012: 129
2011: 15716 17 19 18 20
2010: 9116 17 18
2009: 13921
2008: 14316 17 19 18
2007: 78
2006: 15316 17 19
2005: 17516 17 19 18
2004: 140
2003: 196
2002: 191
2001: 195
2000: 172
1999: 169
1998: 16717 19 18
1997: 16116 17 22
1996: 9216 17

Rate of All Gun Deaths per 100,000 People

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

2013: 1.275
2012: 1.69
2011: 2.095 20
2010: 1.245
2009: 1.8621
2008: 2.015
2007: 1.12
2006: 2.23
2005: 2.60
2004: 2.12
2003: 3.02
2002: 3.01
2001: 3.13
2000: 2.82
1999: 2.84
1998: 2.88
1997: 2.85
1996: 1.67

Homicides (any method)

ChartIn Israel, annual homicides by any means total

2012: 13423
2011: 15123 24 25
2010: 14523 24
2009: 128
2008: 136
2007: 125
2006: 182
2005: 166
2004: 17323 26
2003: 195
2002: 22723 24
2001: 223
2000: 147
1999: 13724
1998: 147
1997: 156
1996: 117
1995: 112

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

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

2012: 1.823
2011: 2.023 24 25
2010: 2.023 24
2009: 1.8
2008: 1.923 24 27
2007: 1.8
2006: 2.7
2005: 2.523 24
2004: 2.723 26
2003: 3.1
2002: 3.623 24
2001: 3.6
2000: 2.4
1999: 2.324
1998: 2.5
1997: 2.8
1996: 2.1
1995: 2.1
1993: 2.3228

Gun Homicides

ChartIn Israel, annual firearm homicides total

2013: 6516
2012: 71
2011: 8116 20
2010: 7516
2009: 70
2008: 61
2007: 716 24
2006: 5016
2005: 58
2004: 67
2003: 57
2002: 91
2001: 103
2000: 74
1999: 40
1997: 15
1996: 23

Rate of Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

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

2013: 0.8116
2012: 0.90
2011: 1.0416 20
2010: 0.9816
2009: 0.94
2008: 0.83
2007: 0.116 24
2006: 0.7116
2005: 0.84
2004: 0.98
2003: 0.85
2002: 1.39
2001: 1.6
2000: 1.18
1999: 0.65
1997: 0.26
1996: 0.4
1993: 0.7229

Proportion of Homicides Committed With a Gun

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

2011: 55%25
2007: 11.7%24

Long Gun Homicides

ChartIn Israel, annual long gun homicides total

2010: 116
2006: 1
2002: 4

Rate of Long Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Israel, the annual rate of long gun homicide per 100,000 population is

2010: 0.0116
2006: 0.01
2002: 0.06

Gun Homicides (Other)

ChartIn Israel, annual gun homicides (other) total

2013: 6516
2012: 71
2011: 81
2010: 74
2009: 70
2008: 61
2007: 7
2006: 48
2005: 58
2004: 67
2003: 57
2002: 87
2001: 103
2000: 74
1999: 40

Rate of Gun Homicide (Other) per 100,000 People

ChartIn Israel, the annual rate of gun homicide (other) per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.8116
2012: 0.90
2011: 1.04
2010: 0.97
2009: 0.94
2008: 0.83
2007: 0.10
2006: 0.68
2005: 0.84
2004: 0.98
2003: 0.85
2002: 1.32
2001: 1.60
2000: 1.18
1999: 0.65

Suicides (any method)

In Israel, annual suicides by any means total

1997: 37922

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

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

1997: 5.8922
1993: 7.0530

Gun Suicides

ChartIn Israel, annual firearm suicides total

2013: 2917
2012: 46
2011: 5217 20
2010: 4517
2009: 53
2008: 60
2007: 45
2006: 81
2005: 90
2004: 61
2003: 117
2002: 81
2001: 79
2000: 74
1999: 82
1998: 67
1997: 73
1996: 69

Rate of Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

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

2013: 0.3617
2012: 0.58
2011: 0.6717 20
2010: 0.5917
2009: 0.71
2008: 0.82
2007: 0.63
2006: 1.15
2005: 1.30
2004: 0.90
2003: 1.75
2002: 1.23
2001: 1.23
2000: 1.18
1999: 1.34
1998: 1.12
1997: 1.25
1996: 1.21
1993: 1.8431

Handgun Suicides

ChartIn Israel, annual handgun suicides total

2011: 117
2009: 2
2008: 1
2004: 1
1998: 1

Rate of Handgun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Israel, the annual rate of handgun suicide per 100,000 population is

2011: 0.0117
2009: 0.03
2008: 0.01
2004: 0.01
1998: 0.02

Long Gun Suicides

ChartIn Israel, the number of long gun suicides is

2009: 317
2005: 2

Rate of Long Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Israel, the annual rate of long gun suicide per 100,000 population is

2009: 0.0417
2005: 0.03

Gun Suicides (Other)

ChartIn Israel, annual gun suicides (other) total

2013: 2917
2012: 46
2011: 51
2010: 45
2009: 48
2008: 59
2007: 45
2006: 81
2005: 88
2004: 60
2003: 117
2002: 81
2001: 79
2000: 74
1999: 82
1998: 66

Rate of Gun Suicide (Other) per 100,000 People

ChartIn Israel, the annual rate of gun suicide (other) per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.3617
2012: 0.58
2011: 0.66
2010: 0.59
2009: 0.64
2008: 0.81
2007: 0.63
2006: 1.15
2005: 1.27
2004: 0.88
2003: 1.75
2002: 1.23
2001: 1.23
2000: 1.18
1999: 1.34
1998: 1.11

Unintentional Gun Deaths

ChartIn Israel, annual unintentional shooting deaths total

2011: 419 20
2009: 219
2008: 3
2007: 25
2006: 20
2005: 25
2004: 9
2003: 18
2002: 18
2001: 11
2000: 13
1999: 10
1998: 7
1997: 022

Rate of Unintentional Gun Death per 100,000 People

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

2011: 0.0519
2009: 0.03
2008: 0.04
2007: 0.35
2006: 0.28
2005: 0.36
2004: 0.13
2003: 0.27
2002: 0.27
2001: 0.17
2000: 0.21
1999: 0.16
1998: 0.12
1997: 0.0022
1993: 0.1332

Unintentional Handgun Deaths

In Israel, annual unintentional shooting deaths by handgun total

2002: 119

Rate of Unintentional Handgun Death per 100,000 People

In Israel, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death by handgun per 100,000 population is

2002: 0.0219

Unintentional Long Gun Deaths

In Israel, annual unintentional shooting deaths by long gun total

1998: 119

Rate of Unintentional Long Gun Death per 100,000 People

In Israel, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death by long gun per 100,000 population is

1998: 0.0219

Unintentional Gun Deaths (Other)

ChartIn Israel, annual unintentional shooting deaths by firearm (other) total

2011: 419
2009: 2
2008: 3
2007: 25
2006: 20
2005: 25
2004: 9
2003: 18
2002: 17
2001: 11
2000: 13
1999: 10
1998: 6

Rate of Unintentional Gun Death (Other) per 100,000 People

ChartIn Israel, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death by firearm (other) per 100,000 population is

2011: 0.0519
2009: 0.03
2008: 0.04
2007: 0.35
2006: 0.28
2005: 0.36
2004: 0.13
2003: 0.27
2002: 0.26
2001: 0.17
2000: 0.21
1999: 0.16
1998: 0.10

Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

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

2013: 518
2012: 12
2011: 2018 20
2010: 1518
2009: 14
2008: 19
2007: 1
2005: 1
2004: 3
2003: 4
2002: 1
2001: 2
2000: 11
1999: 37
1998: 93
1997: 7322

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

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

2013: 0.0618
2012: 0.15
2011: 0.26
2010: 0.20
2009: 0.19
2008: 0.26
2007: 0.01
2005: 0.01
2004: 0.04
2003: 0.06
2002: 0.02
2001: 0.03
2000: 0.17
1999: 0.60
1998: 1.56
1997: 1.1322
1993: 0.3033

Handgun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn Israel, annual deaths by handgun in which the cause remains undecided total

2009: 118
2000: 1

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

ChartIn Israel, the annual rate of unknown-cause handgun deaths per 100,000 population is

2009: 0.0118
2000: 0.02

Long Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn Israel, annual deaths by long gun in which the cause remains undecided total

2011: 218
2010: 1
2000: 2

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

ChartIn Israel, the annual rate of unknown-cause long gun deaths per 100,000 population is

2011: 0.0318
2010: 0.01
2000: 0.03

Gun Deaths (Other) from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn Israel, annual deaths by firearm (other) in which the cause remains undecided total

2013: 518
2012: 12
2011: 18
2010: 14
2009: 13
2008: 19
2007: 1
2005: 1
2004: 3
2003: 4
2002: 1
2001: 2
2000: 8
1999: 37
1998: 93

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

ChartIn Israel, the annual rate of unknown-cause gun deaths (other) per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.0618
2012: 0.15
2011: 0.23
2010: 0.18
2009: 0.17
2008: 0.26
2007: 0.01
2005: 0.01
2004: 0.04
2003: 0.06
2002: 0.02
2001: 0.03
2000: 0.13
1999: 0.60
1998: 1.56

ProductionGun Industry

Small Arms Manufacture - World Ranking

In a classification of the world's small, medium and major firearm manufacturers, Israel was ranked 'medium'34

TransfersGun Trade and Trafficking

Firearm Exports

In Israel, firearm and ammunition exports are limited by transfer control law35

Small Arms Exports (US$) - Customs

The annual value of small arms and ammunition exports from Israel is reported by Customs to be US$59,861,01236 (2011)37 38 39 40 41

Small Arms Exports - World Ranking

In a comparison of the world's major/mid-level/minor/unknown small arms exporters, Israel was categorized as 'major'42 43 44 41 45

Firearm Imports

In Israel, firearm and ammunition imports are limited by transfer control law35

Small Arms Imports (US$) - Customs

The annual value of small arms and ammunition imports to Israel is reported by Customs to be US$59,872,29736 (2011)46 47 48 49

Regulation of Arms Brokers

In Israel, the activities of arms brokers and transfer intermediaries are specifically regulated by law35 50

Transparency of Small Arms Transfers

ChartIn its annual Small Arms Trade Transparency Barometer, the Small Arms Survey compares public reporting among major arms exporting nations on a scale from strong to weak (25 to zero). In recent years, Israel scored

2016: 7.7551
2014: 8.7552
2013: 9.2553
2012: 9.7554
2011: 10.7555
2010: 10.0056
2009: 6.0057
2008: 5.7558
2007: 6.0059
2006: 5.0060
2005: 4.2561
2004: 3.5062

MeasuresGun Regulation

Firearm Regulation Authority

Guns in Israel are regulated by the Public Security Ministry63

Right to Possess Firearms

In Israel, the right to private gun ownership is not guaranteed by law64 65

Restricted Firearms and Ammunition

Law Regulates Automatic Weapons

In Israel, civilian possession of automatic weapons is regulated by law25

Law Regulates Handguns

In Israel, civilian possession of handguns is regulated by law25

Law Regulates Long Guns

In Israel, civilian possession of rifles and shotguns is regulated by law25

Gun Ownership and Possession

In Israel, only licensed gun owners66 10 25 may lawfully acquire, possess or transfer a firearm or ammunition

Genuine Reason Required for Firearm Possession

Applicants for a gun owner’s licence in Israel are required to establish a genuine reason to possess a firearm, for example self-defence, hunting and sport67 68 69 10 63

Minimum Age for Firearm Possession

The minimum age for gun ownership in Israel is 27 years, or 21 years if served in the military67 63

Gun Owner Background Checks

An applicant for a firearm licence in Israel must pass a background check which considers health, mental health and criminal67 10 25 63 records

Firearm Safety Training

In Israel, an understanding of firearm safety and the law, tested in a theoretical and/or practical training course is required70 63 for a firearm licence

Gun Owner Licensing Period

In Israel, gun owners must re-apply and re-qualify for their firearm licence every three years66 69

Licensing Records

In Israel, authorities maintain a record71 72 of individual civilians licensed to acquire, possess, sell or transfer a firearm or ammunition

Limit on Number of Guns

Licensed firearm owners in Israel are permitted to possess one firearm per licence63

Limit on Quantity, Type of Ammunition

Licensed firearm owners in Israel are permitted to possess a limited quantity of ammunition73 63

Firearm Registration

Civilian Gun Registration

In Israel, the law requires71 72 that a record of the acquisition, possession and transfer of each privately held firearm be retained in an official register

Gun Manufacturer Record Keeping

In Israel, licensed gun makers are required74 to keep a record of each firearm produced, for inspection by a regulating authority

State-Owned Firearm Records

In Israel, State agencies are required75 72 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 Israel, the private sale and transfer of firearms is prohibited63

Regulation of Dealer Gun Sales

In Israel, dealing in firearms by way of business without a valid gun dealer’s licence is unlawful63

Storage and Transport of Guns and Ammunition

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Private

Firearm regulations in Israel include66 10 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of private firearms and ammunition by licensed gun owners

Marking and Tracing Guns and Ammunition

Firearm Marking

In Israel, a unique identifying mark on each firearm is required by law76 77

Firearm Tracing

In Israel, state authorities carry out72 78 recognised arms tracing and tracking procedures

Carrying Guns

Carrying Guns Openly in Public

In Israel, carrying a firearm in plain view in a public place is allowed, subject to a valid permit66 10 25

Carrying Hidden Handguns in Public

In Israel, carrying a concealed firearm in a public place is allowed, subject to a valid permit66 10 25

Penalty for Illicit Firearm Possession

In Israel, the maximum penalty for unlawful possession of a firearm79 is 10 years in prison66

Collection, Amnesty and Destruction Programmes

Authorities in Israel are known to have10 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

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

2016: 22080

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 signed81 by Israel.

United Nations Arms Trade Treaty

The United Nations Arms Trade Treaty has been signed, but not yet ratified82 by Israel

United Nations Firearms Protocol

The United Nations Protocol against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, Their Parts and Components and Ammunition has not been signed83 by Israel

United Nations Small Arms Programme of Action UNPoA

UNPoA Commitment

On 21 July 2001, Israel 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 Aspects84

UNPoA Implementation Monitor Score

In its UN small arms Programme of Action Implementation Monitor (PoAIM Phase 1), the Small Arms Survey scored Israel against its commitments to the PoA, then ranked it at No. 6785 86 87 88 among 159 Member States

UNPoA National Reporting

Under the terms of its 2001 commitment to the United Nations small arms Programme of Action, Israel has submitted one or more national reports89 50 on its implementation of the UNPoA

UNPoA National Point of Contact

In Israel, a National Point of Contact to deal with issues relating to the UNPoA has been designated90 50

UNPoA National Coordinating Body

In Israel, a National Coordinating Body to deal with issues relating to the UNPoA has been designated90

UNPoA Civil Society Involvement and Support

In National Reports of Israel submitted to the UN from 2001 to 2010, a history of substantive cooperation with civil society in support of UNPoA activities was apparent50

UNPoA International Assistance – Donor

Funds for UNPoA implementation have not been donated50 by Israel to other UN Member States

United Nations Small Arms Register

According to the United Nations Register of Conventional Arms, Israel has not declared91 its small arms exports in one or more annual National Reports on Arms Exports.

United Nations Membership

In the UN List of Member States, Israel has been a Member State of the United Nations since 194992

Wassenaar Arrangement

The Wassenaar Arrangement on Export Controls and Conventional Arms and Dual-Use Goods and Technologies does not list93 Israel as a Participating State

BackgroundCountry Profile

Conflict Profile

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

Global Peace Index

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


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