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Jordan — Gun Facts, Figures and the Law

StockpilesGun Numbers

Civilian Guns

Number of Privately Owned Firearms

The estimated total number of guns (both licit and illicit) held by civilians in Jordan is 630,0001 to 1,120,0002

Rate of Civilian Firearm Possession per 100 Population

The estimated rate of private gun ownership (both licit and illicit) in Jordan is 11.51 to 17.163 firearms per 100 people

Number of Privately Owned Firearms - World Ranking

In a comparison of the number of privately owned guns in 178 countries, Jordan ranked at No. 714

Rate of Privately Owned Firearms per 100 Population - World Ranking

In a comparison of the rate of private gun ownership in 178 countries, Jordan ranked at No. 581

Number of Registered Firearms

The number of registered guns in Jordan is reported to be 126,0004

Rate of Registered Firearms per 100 Population

The rate of registered guns per 100 people in Jordan is 2.403

Government Guns

Number of Military Firearms

The defence forces of Jordan are reported to have 263,0005 firearms

Number of Law Enforcement Firearms

Police in Jordan are reported to have 20,8436 firearms

ImpactsDeath and Injury

Homicides (any method)

ChartIn Jordan, annual homicides by any means total

2006: 1007
2005: 67
1997: 428
1996: 45
1995: 35

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

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

2008: 7.19
2006: 1.757
2005: 1.21
1997: 0.958
1996: 1.04
1995: 0.83

Gun Homicides

In Jordan, annual firearm homicides total 2005: 267

Rate of Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

In Jordan, the annual rate of firearm homicide per 100,000 population is 2005: 0.477

TransfersGun Trade and Trafficking

Regulation of Firearm Exports

In Jordan, firearm and ammunition exports are limited by transfer control law10

Small Arms Exports (US$) - Customs

The annual value of small arms and ammunition exports from Jordan is reported by Customs to be US$67,01811 (2011)

Small Arms Exports - World Ranking

In a comparison of the world's major/mid-level/minor/unknown small arms exporters, Jordan is categorized as 'unknown'12

Regulation of Firearm Imports

In Jordan, firearm and ammunition imports are limited by transfer control law10

Small Arms Imports (US$) - Customs

The annual value of small arms and ammunition imports to Jordan is reported by Customs to be US$25,939,72011 (2011)13

Smuggling Guns and Ammunition

Reports suggest that the level of firearm and ammunition smuggling in Jordan is high2

Regulation of Arms Brokers

In Jordan, the activities of arms brokers and transfer intermediaries are not specifically regulated by law10

MeasuresGun Regulation

Right to Possess Firearms

In Jordan, the right to private gun ownership is not guaranteed by law14

Firearm Registration

Civilian Gun Registration

In Jordan, the law requires15 that a record of the acquisition, possession and transfer of each privately held firearm be retained in an official register

Marking and Tracing Guns and Ammunition

Firearm Marking

In Jordan, a unique identifying mark on each firearm is required by law16 15

Firearm Tracing

In Jordan, state authorities carry out15 recognised arms tracing and tracking procedures

MeasuresInternational Controls

Regional Agreements

League of Arab States

As a member of the League of Arab States, Jordan adopted the Arab Model Law on Weapons, Ammunitions, Explosives and Hazardous Material in January 200217

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 signed in 200618 by Jordan.

United Nations Arms Trade Treaty

The United Nations Arms Trade Treaty has not been signed19 by Jordan

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 signed20 by Jordan

United Nations Small Arms Programme of Action UNPoA

UNPoA Commitment

On 21 July 2001, Jordan 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 Aspects21

UNPoA Implementation Monitor Score

In its UN small arms Programme of Action Implementation Monitor (PoAIM Phase 1), the Small Arms Survey scored Jordan against its commitments to the PoA, then ranked it at No. 10322 23 24 25 among 159 Member States

UNPoA National Reporting

Under the terms of its 2001 commitment to the United Nations small arms Programme of Action, Jordan has submitted one or more national reports26 27 on its implementation of the UNPoA

UNPoA National Point of Contact

In Jordan, a National Point of Contact to deal with issues relating to the UNPoA has been designated28 27

UNPoA National Coordinating Body

In Jordan, a National Coordinating Body to deal with issues relating to the UNPoA has not been designated28 27

UNPoA International Assistance – Donor

Funds for UNPoA implementation have not been donated27 by Jordan to other UN Member States

UNPoA International Assistance – Recipient

Funds for UNPoA implementation have been provided27 to Jordan by other UN Member States

United Nations Small Arms Register

According to the United Nations Register of Conventional Arms, Jordan has not declared29 its small arms exports in one or more annual National Reports on Arms Exports.

United Nations Membership

In the UN List of Member States, Jordan has been a Member State of the United Nations since 195530

Wassenaar Arrangement

The Wassenaar Arrangement on Export Controls and Conventional Arms and Dual-Use Goods and Technologies does not list31 Jordan as a Participating State

BackgroundCountry Profile

Conflict Profile

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

Global Peace Index

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


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