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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 Israel is 500,0001 2

Rate of Civilian Firearm Possession per 100 Population

The estimated rate of private gun ownership (both licit and illicit) in Israel is 7.31 firearms per 100 people

Number of Privately Owned Firearms - World Ranking

In a comparison of the number of privately owned guns in 178 countries, Israel ranked at No. 813

Rate of Privately Owned Firearms per 100 Population - World Ranking

In a comparison of the rate of private gun ownership in 178 countries, Israel ranked at No. 791

Number of Licensed Firearm Owners

The number of licensed gun owners in Israel is reported to be 296,2084 5

Number of Registered Firearms

The number of registered guns in Israel is reported to be 403,0003

Rate of Registered Firearms per 100 Population

The rate of registered guns per 100 people in Israel is 5.986

Government Guns

Number of Military Firearms

The defence forces of Israel are reported to have 1,757,5007 firearms

Number of Law Enforcement Firearms

Police in Israel are reported to have 26,0408 firearms

ImpactsDeath and Injury

Total Number of Gun Deaths

In Israel, annual deaths resulting from firearms total 2009: 1399

Rate of All Gun Deaths per 100,000 People

In Israel, the annual rate of all gun deaths per 100,000 population is 2009: 1.869

Homicides (any method)

ChartIn Israel, annual homicides by any means total

2011: 15110
2010: 145
2009: 128
2008: 136
2007: 125
2006: 182
2005: 166
2004: 17311
2003: 195
2002: 22710
2001: 223
2000: 147
1999: 137
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

2011: 2.010
2010: 2.0
2009: 1.8
2008: 1.910 12
2007: 1.8
2006: 2.7
2005: 2.510
2004: 2.7311
2003: 3.01
2002: 3.610
2001: 3.6
2000: 2.4
1999: 2.3
1998: 2.5
1997: 2.8
1996: 2.1
1995: 2.1
1993: 2.3213

Gun Homicides

ChartIn Israel, annual firearm homicides total

2009: 7014
2008: 61
2007: 714 10
2006: 5014
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

2009: 0.9414
2008: 0.83
2007: 0.114 10
2006: 0.7114
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: 0.7215

Long Gun Homicides

ChartIn Israel, annual long gun homicides total

2006: 114
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

2006: 0.0114
2002: 0.06

Gun Homicides (Other)

ChartIn Israel, annual gun homicides (other) total

2009: 7014
2008: 61
2007: 7
2006: 49
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

2009: 0.9414
2008: 0.83
2007: 0.10
2006: 0.69
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: 37916

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: 5.8916
1993: 7.0517

Gun Suicides

ChartIn Israel, annual firearm suicides total

2009: 5318
2008: 60
2007: 45
2006: 83
2005: 91
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

2009: 0.7118
2008: 0.82
2007: 0.63
2006: 1.18
2005: 1.31
2004: 0.9
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: 1.8419

Handgun Suicides

ChartIn Israel, annual handgun suicides total

2009: 218
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

2009: 0.0318
2008: 0.01
2004: 0.01
1998: 0.02

Long Gun Suicides

ChartIn Israel, the number of long gun suicides is

2009: 318
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: 0.0418
2005: 0.03

Gun Suicides (Other)

ChartIn Israel, annual gun suicides (other) total

2009: 4818
2008: 59
2007: 45
2006: 83
2005: 89
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

2009: 0.6418
2008: 0.81
2007: 0.63
2006: 1.18
2005: 1.28
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

2010: 020
2009: 2
2008: 3
2007: 25
2006: 20
2005: 25
2004: 9
2003: 18
2002: 18
2001: 11
2000: 13
1999: 10
1998: 7
1997: 016

Rate of Unintentional Gun Death per 100,000 People

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

2010: 0.0020
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: 0.0016
1993: 0.1321

Unintentional Handgun Deaths

ChartIn Israel, annual unintentional shooting deaths by handgun total

2010: 020
2002: 1

Rate of Unintentional Handgun Death per 100,000 People

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

2010: 0.0020
2002: 0.02

Unintentional Long Gun Deaths

ChartIn Israel, annual unintentional shooting deaths by long gun total

2010: 020
1998: 1

Rate of Unintentional Long Gun Death per 100,000 People

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

2010: 0.0020
1998: 0.02

Unintentional Gun Deaths (Other)

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

2010: 020
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

2010: 0.0020
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

2009: 1422
2008: 19
2007: 1
2005: 1
2004: 3
2003: 4
2002: 1
2001: 2
2000: 11
1999: 37
1998: 93
1997: 7316

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

2009: 0.1922
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: 1.1316
1993: 0.3023

Handgun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

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

2009: 122
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: 0.0122
2000: 0.02

Long Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

In Israel, annual deaths by long gun in which the cause remains undecided total 2000: 222

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

In Israel, the annual rate of unknown-cause long gun deaths per 100,000 population is 2000: 0.0322

Gun Deaths (Other) from Undetermined Cause

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

2009: 1322
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

2009: 0.1722
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 is ranked 'medium'24

TransfersGun Trade and Trafficking

Regulation of Firearm Exports

In Israel, firearm and ammunition exports are limited by transfer control law25

Small Arms Exports (US$) - Customs

The annual value of small arms and ammunition exports from Israel is reported by Customs to be US$59,861,01226 (2011)27 28

Small Arms Exports - World Ranking

In a comparison of the world's major/mid-level/minor/unknown small arms exporters, Israel is categorized as 'unknown'29 28

Regulation of Firearm Imports

In Israel, firearm and ammunition imports are limited by transfer control law25

Small Arms Imports (US$) - Customs

The annual value of small arms and ammunition imports to Israel is reported by Customs to be US$59,872,29726 (2011)

Regulation of Arms Brokers

In Israel, the activities of arms brokers and transfer intermediaries are specifically regulated by law25 30

Transparency of Small Arms Transfers

In the most recent survey of state transparency in declaring firearm and ammunition exports among major small arms exporting nations, Israel was ranked at No. 3231

MeasuresGun Regulation

Gun Ownership and Possession

In Israel, only licensed gun owners32 5 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 prove genuine reason to possess a firearm, for example, self-defence, hunting and sport33 34 5

Minimum Age for Firearm Possession

The minimum age for gun ownership in Israel is 27 years and 21 years if served in the military33

Gun Licence Background Checks

An applicant for a firearm licence in Israel must pass a background check which considers health, mental and criminal33 5 records

Gun Owner Licensing Period

In Israel gun owners must re-apply and re-qualify for their firearm licence every three years32

Licensing Records

In Israel, authorities maintain a record35 36 of individual civilians licensed to acquire, possess, sell or transfer a firearm or ammunition

Limit on Quantity, Type of Ammunition

Licensed firearm owners in Israel are permitted to possess a limited quantity of ammunition37

Firearm Registration

Civilian Gun Registration

In Israel, the law requires35 36 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 required38 to keep a record of each firearm produced, for inspection by a regulating authority

State-Owned Firearm Records

In Israel, State agencies are required39 36 to maintain records of the storage and movement of all firearms and ammunition under their control

Storage and Transport of Guns and Ammunition

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Private

Firearm regulations in Israel include32 5 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 law40 41

Firearm Tracing

In Israel, state authorities carry out36 42 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 permit32 5

Carrying Hidden Handguns in Public

In Israel, carrying a concealed firearm in a public place is allowed, subject to a valid permit32 5

Penalty for Illicit Firearm Possession

In Israel, the maximum penalty for illicit firearm possession is 10 years prison32

Collection, Amnesty and Destruction Programmes

Authorities in Israel are known to have5 implemented voluntary firearm surrender schemes, and/or weapon seizure programmes in order to reduce the number of illicit firearms in circulation

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 signed43 by Israel.

United Nations Arms Trade Treaty

The United Nations Arms Trade Treaty has not been signed44 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 signed45 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 Aspects46

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 reports47 30 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 designated48 30

UNPoA National Coordinating Body

In Israel, a National Coordinating Body to deal with issues relating to the UNPoA has been designated48

UNPoA International Assistance – Donor

Funds for UNPoA implementation have not been donated30 by Israel to other UN Member States

United Nations Small Arms Register

According to the United Nations Register of Conventional Arms, Israel has not declared49 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 194950

Wassenaar Arrangement

The Wassenaar Arrangement on Export Controls and Conventional Arms and Dual-Use Goods and Technologies does not list51 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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