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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

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. 812

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

2012: 163,2743 4 5 6

Rate of Licensed Firearm Owners per 100 Population

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

2012: 2.157

Number of Registered Firearms

ChartThe number of registered guns in Israel is reported to be

2014: 300,0008
2005: 403,0001

Rate of Registered Firearms per 100 Population

ChartThe rate of registered guns per 100 people in Israel is

2014: 3.797
2005: 5.98

Government Guns

Number of Military Firearms

The defence forces of Israel are reported to have 1,757,5009 firearms

Number of Law Enforcement Firearms

Police in Israel are reported to have 26,04010 firearms

ImpactsDeath and Injury

Total Number of Gun Deaths

ChartIn Israel, annual deaths resulting from firearms total

2011: 15711 12 13 14 15
2010: 9111 12 14
2009: 13916
2008: 14311 12 13 14
2007: 78
2006: 15311 12 13
2005: 17511 12 13 14
2004: 140
2003: 196
2002: 191
2001: 195
2000: 172
1999: 169
1998: 16712 13 14
1997: 16111 12 17
1996: 9211 12

Rate of All Gun Deaths per 100,000 People

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

2011: 2.107 15
2010: 1.247
2009: 1.8616
2008: 2.017
2007: 1.12
2006: 2.23
2005: 2.60
2004: 2.12
2003: 3.02
2002: 3.00
2001: 3.12
2000: 2.81
1999: 2.84
1998: 2.87
1997: 2.84
1996: 1.67

Homicides (any method)

ChartIn Israel, annual homicides by any means total

2012: 13418
2011: 15118 19 20
2010: 14518 19
2009: 128
2008: 136
2007: 125
2006: 182
2005: 166
2004: 17318 21
2003: 195
2002: 22718 19
2001: 223
2000: 147
1999: 13719
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: 1.818
2011: 2.018 19 20
2010: 2.018 19
2009: 1.8
2008: 1.918 19 22
2007: 1.8
2006: 2.7
2005: 2.518 19
2004: 2.718 21
2003: 3.1
2002: 3.618 19
2001: 3.6
2000: 2.4
1999: 2.319
1998: 2.5
1997: 2.8
1996: 2.1
1995: 2.1
1993: 2.3223

Gun Homicides

ChartIn Israel, annual firearm homicides total

2013: 6511
2012: 71
2011: 8111 15
2010: 7511
2009: 70
2008: 61
2007: 711 19
2006: 5011
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: 0.8111
2012: 0.90
2011: 1.0411 15
2010: 0.9811
2009: 0.94
2008: 0.83
2007: 0.111 19
2006: 0.7111
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: 0.7224

Proportion of Homicides Committed With a Gun

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

2011: 55%20
2007: 11.7%19

Long Gun Homicides

ChartIn Israel, annual long gun homicides total

2010: 111
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: 0.0111
2006: 0.01
2002: 0.06

Gun Homicides (Other)

ChartIn Israel, annual gun homicides (other) total

2013: 6511
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: 0.8111
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: 37917

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: 5.8917
1993: 7.0525

Gun Suicides

ChartIn Israel, annual firearm suicides total

2013: 2912
2012: 46
2011: 5212 15
2010: 4512
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: 0.3612
2012: 0.58
2011: 0.6712 15
2010: 0.5912
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: 1.8426

Handgun Suicides

ChartIn Israel, annual handgun suicides total

2011: 112
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: 0.0112
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: 312
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: 0.0412
2005: 0.03

Gun Suicides (Other)

ChartIn Israel, annual gun suicides (other) total

2013: 2912
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: 0.3612
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: 413 15
2009: 213
2008: 3
2007: 25
2006: 20
2005: 25
2004: 9
2003: 18
2002: 18
2001: 11
2000: 13
1999: 10
1998: 7
1997: 017

Rate of Unintentional Gun Death per 100,000 People

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

2011: 0.0513
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: 0.0017
1993: 0.1327

Unintentional Handgun Deaths

In Israel, annual unintentional shooting deaths by handgun total

2002: 113

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: 0.0213

Unintentional Long Gun Deaths

In Israel, annual unintentional shooting deaths by long gun total

1998: 113

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: 0.0213

Unintentional Gun Deaths (Other)

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

2011: 413
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: 0.0513
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: 514
2012: 12
2011: 2014 15
2010: 1514
2009: 14
2008: 19
2007: 1
2005: 1
2004: 3
2003: 4
2002: 1
2001: 2
2000: 11
1999: 37
1998: 93
1997: 7317

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: 0.0614
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: 1.1317
1993: 0.3028

Handgun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

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

2009: 114
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: 0.0114
2000: 0.02

Long Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

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

2011: 214
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: 0.0314
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: 514
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: 0.0614
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'29

TransfersGun Trade and Trafficking

Regulation of Firearm Exports

In Israel, firearm and ammunition exports are limited by transfer control law30

Small Arms Exports (US$) - Customs

The annual value of small arms and ammunition exports from Israel is reported by Customs to be US$59,861,01231 (2011)32 33 34 35 36

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'37 38 39 36 40

Regulation of Firearm Imports

In Israel, firearm and ammunition imports are limited by transfer control law30

Small Arms Imports (US$) - Customs

The annual value of small arms and ammunition imports to Israel is reported by Customs to be US$59,872,29731 (2011)41 42 43 44

Regulation of Arms Brokers

In Israel, the activities of arms brokers and transfer intermediaries are specifically regulated by law30 45

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: 7.7546
2014: 8.7547
2013: 9.2548
2012: 9.7549
2011: 10.7550
2010: 10.0051
2009: 6.0052
2008: 5.7553
2007: 6.0054
2006: 5.0055
2005: 4.2556
2004: 3.5057

MeasuresGun Regulation

Firearm Regulation Authority

Guns in Israel are regulated by the Public Security Ministry58

Right to Possess Firearms

In Israel, the right to private gun ownership is not guaranteed by law59 60

Restricted Firearms and Ammunition

Law Regulates Automatic Weapons

In Israel, civilian possession of automatic weapons is regulated by law20

Law Regulates Handguns

In Israel, civilian possession of handguns is regulated by law20

Law Regulates Long Guns

In Israel, civilian possession of rifles and shotguns is regulated by law20

Gun Ownership and Possession

In Israel, only licensed gun owners61 5 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 Israel are required to establish a genuine reason to possess a firearm, for example self-defence, hunting and sport62 63 64 5 58

Minimum Age for Firearm Possession

The minimum age for gun ownership in Israel is 27 years, or 21 years if served in the military62 58

Gun Owner Background Checks

An applicant for a firearm licence in Israel must pass a background check which considers health, mental health and criminal62 5 20 58 records

Firearm Safety Training

In Israel, an understanding of firearm safety and the law, tested in a theoretical and/or practical training course is required65 58 for a firearm licence

Gun Owner Licensing Period

In Israel, gun owners must re-apply and re-qualify for their firearm licence every three years61 64

Licensing Records

In Israel, authorities maintain a record66 67 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 licence58

Limit on Quantity, Type of Ammunition

Licensed firearm owners in Israel are permitted to possess a limited quantity of ammunition68 58

Firearm Registration

Civilian Gun Registration

In Israel, the law requires66 67 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 required69 to keep a record of each firearm produced, for inspection by a regulating authority

State-Owned Firearm Records

In Israel, State agencies are required70 67 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 prohibited58

Regulation of Dealer Gun Sales

In Israel, dealing in firearms by way of business without a valid gun dealer’s licence is unlawful58

Storage and Transport of Guns and Ammunition

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Private

Firearm regulations in Israel include61 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 law71 72

Firearm Tracing

In Israel, state authorities carry out67 73 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 permit61 5 20

Carrying Hidden Handguns in Public

In Israel, carrying a concealed firearm in a public place is allowed, subject to a valid permit61 5 20

Penalty for Illicit Firearm Possession

In Israel, the maximum penalty for unlawful possession of a firearm74 is 10 years in prison61

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

Surrendered in Gun Amnesty

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

2016: 22075

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 signed76 by Israel.

United Nations Arms Trade Treaty

The United Nations Arms Trade Treaty has been signed, but not yet ratified77 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 signed78 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 Aspects79

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. 6780 81 82 83 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 reports84 45 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 designated85 45

UNPoA National Coordinating Body

In Israel, a National Coordinating Body to deal with issues relating to the UNPoA has been designated85

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 apparent45

UNPoA International Assistance – Donor

Funds for UNPoA implementation have not been donated45 by Israel to other UN Member States

United Nations Small Arms Register

According to the United Nations Register of Conventional Arms, Israel has not declared86 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 194987

Wassenaar Arrangement

The Wassenaar Arrangement on Export Controls and Conventional Arms and Dual-Use Goods and Technologies does not list88 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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