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Kiribati — 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 Kiribati is 81

Rate of Civilian Firearm Possession per 100 Population

The estimated rate of private gun ownership (both licit and illicit) in Kiribati is 0.0081 firearms per 100 people

Number of Registered Firearms

The number of registered guns in Kiribati is reported to be 81

Government Guns

Routine Arming of Police

In Kiribati, police officers on routine patrol do not carry a firearm2

Number of Law Enforcement Firearms

Police in Kiribati are reported to have 1333 to 1374 firearms

ImpactsDeath and Injury

Homicides (any method)

ChartIn Kiribati, annual homicides by any means total

2012: 85
2008: 76

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

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

2012: 7.155
2008: 7.36

Suicides (any method)

In Kiribati, annual suicides by any means total 2005: 217

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

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

2005: 22.588
2004: 6.509
2002: 6.50
2001: 4.67
2000: 3.57
1999: 0.00

ProductionGun Industry

Regulation of Firearm Makers

In Kiribati, the manufacture of small arms, ammunition and/or their components is prohibited10

TransfersGun Trade and Trafficking

Regulation of Firearm Exports

In Kiribati, firearm and ammunition exports are limited by transfer control law11

Regulation of Firearm Imports

In Kiribati, firearm and ammunition imports are limited by transfer control law12

Small Arms Imports (US$) - Customs

The annual value of small arms and ammunition imports to Kiribati is reported by Customs to be US$3,83713 (2011)

Regulation of Arms Brokers

In Kiribati, the activities of arms brokers and transfer intermediaries are not specifically regulated by law14

MeasuresGun Regulation

Firearm Regulation - Guiding Policy

The regulation of guns in Kiribati is categorised as restrictive15

Law Regulates Civilian Access to Firearms

In Kiribati, civilian possession of guns is regulated by law5

Right to Possess Firearms

In Kiribati, the right to private gun ownership is not guaranteed by law16

Restricted Firearms and Ammunition

In Kiribati, civilians are not allowed to possess automatic firearms and handguns17

Regulation of Automatic Weapons

In Kiribati, private possession of fully automatic weapons is prohibited17 5

Regulation of Handguns

In Kiribati, private possession of handguns (pistols and revolvers) is prohibited17 5

Law Regulates Long Guns

In Kiribati, civilian possession of rifles and shotguns is regulated by law5

Gun Ownership and Possession

In Kiribati, only licensed gun owners18 may lawfully acquire, possess or transfer a firearm or ammunition

Genuine Reason Required for Firearm Possession

Applicants for a gun owner’s licence in Kiribati are required to establish a genuine reason to possess a firearm, for example pest control19

Gun Owner Background Checks

An applicant for a firearm licence in Kiribati must pass a background check which considers undefined5 records

Firearm Registration

Civilian Gun Registration

In Kiribati, the law requires20 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 Kiribati, a unique identifying mark on each firearm is required by law21

Carrying Guns

Law Regulates Firearms in Public

In Kiribati, carrying a gun in a public place is regulated by law5

Penalty for Illicit Firearm Possession

In Kiribati, the maximum penalty for unlawful possession of a firearm22 is 2 to 10 years prison and a $400 to $2,000 fine23

MeasuresInternational Controls

Regional Agreements

Pacific Islands Forum

As a member of the Pacific Islands Forum, Kiribati adopted the March, 2000 Nadi Framework agreement, which aims to harmonise small arms-related legislation across Oceania. In August 2003, the Nadi Framework’s draft model Weapons Control Bill was unanimously accepted for consideration by all 16 member states of the Pacific Islands Forum24 25

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 signed26 by Kiribati.

United Nations Arms Trade Treaty

The United Nations Arms Trade Treaty has been signed, but not yet ratified27 by Kiribati

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 signed28 by Kiribati

United Nations Small Arms Programme of Action UNPoA

UNPoA Commitment

On 21 July 2001, Kiribati 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 Aspects29

UNPoA National Reporting

Under the terms of its 2001 commitment to the United Nations small arms Programme of Action, Kiribati has yet to submit a national report30 31 on its implementation of the UNPoA

UNPoA National Point of Contact

In Kiribati, a National Point of Contact to deal with issues relating to the UNPoA has not been designated32 31

UNPoA National Coordinating Body

In Kiribati, a National Coordinating Body to deal with issues relating to the UNPoA has not been designated32 31

UNPoA Civil Society Involvement and Support

In National Reports of Kiribati submitted to the UN, a history of substantive cooperation with civil society in support of UNPoA activities is not apparent32 31

UNPoA International Assistance – Donor

Funds for UNPoA implementation have not been donated31 by Kiribati to other UN Member States

UNPoA International Assistance – Recipient

Funds for UNPoA implementation have been provided33 to Kiribati by other UN Member States

United Nations Small Arms Register

According to the United Nations Register of Conventional Arms, Kiribati has not declared34 its small arms exports in one or more annual National Reports on Arms Exports.

United Nations Membership

In the UN List of Member States, Kiribati has been a Member State of the United Nations since 199935

Wassenaar Arrangement

The Wassenaar Arrangement on Export Controls and Conventional Arms and Dual-Use Goods and Technologies does not list36 Kiribati as a Participating State


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