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Kuwait — 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 Kuwait is 630,0001

Rate of Civilian Firearm Possession per 100 Population

The estimated rate of private gun ownership (both licit and illicit) in Kuwait is 24.81 firearms per 100 people

Number of Privately Owned Firearms - World Ranking

In a comparison of the number of privately owned guns in 178 countries, Kuwait ranked at No. 712

Rate of Privately Owned Firearms per 100 Population - World Ranking

In a comparison of the rate of private gun ownership in 178 countries, Kuwait ranked at No. 181

Government Guns

Number of Military Firearms

The defence forces of Kuwait are reported to have 30,0003 firearms

Number of Law Enforcement Firearms

Police in Kuwait are reported to have 8,3584 firearms

ImpactsDeath and Injury

Homicides (any method)

ChartIn Kuwait, annual homicides by any means total

2009: 595
2008: 57
2007: 77
2006: 42
2005: 66
2004: 49
2003: 29
2002: 235 6
2001: 39
1996: 167

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

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

2009: 2.25
2008: 2.2
2007: 3.1
2006: 1.8
2005: 2.9
2004: 1.408 5
2003: 1.10
2002: 1.04
2001: 1.716 5
2000: 1.35
1999: 2.1
1998: 1.6
1997: 1.4
1996: 0.947 5
1995: 1.019 5

Gun Homicides

In Kuwait, annual firearm homicides total 2000: 1210

Rate of Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

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

2000: 0.4810
1995: 0.3611

Suicides (any method)

In Kuwait, annual suicides by any means total 1999: 4710

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

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

1999: 1.8610
1995: 1.6612

Gun Suicides

In Kuwait, annual firearm suicides total 1999: 010

Rate of Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

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

1999: 0.0010
1995: 0.0613

Unintentional Gun Deaths

In Kuwait, annual unintentional shooting deaths total 2000: 010

Rate of Unintentional Gun Death per 100,000 People

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

2000: 0.0010
1995: 0.0014

Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

In Kuwait, annual shooting deaths in which the cause remains undecided total 2000: 010

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

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

2000: 0.0010
1995: 0.8315

TransfersGun Trade and Trafficking

Regulation of Firearm Exports

Small Arms Exports (US$) - Customs

The annual value of small arms and ammunition exports from Kuwait is reported by Customs to be US$73,58416 (2011)

Regulation of Firearm Imports

Small Arms Imports (US$) - Customs

The annual value of small arms and ammunition imports to Kuwait is reported by Customs to be US$15,101,21016 (2011)17

MeasuresGun Regulation

Right to Possess Firearms

In Kuwait, the right to private gun ownership is not guaranteed by law18

MeasuresInternational Controls

Regional Agreements

League of Arab States

As a member of the League of Arab States, Kuwait adopted the Arab Model Law on Weapons, Ammunitions, Explosives and Hazardous Material in January 200219

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 signed20 by Kuwait.

United Nations Arms Trade Treaty

The United Nations Arms Trade Treaty has not been signed21 by Kuwait

United Nations Firearms Protocol

The United Nations Protocol against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, Their Parts and Components and Ammunition has been signed and ratified22 by Kuwait

United Nations Small Arms Programme of Action UNPoA

UNPoA Commitment

On 21 July 2001, Kuwait 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 Aspects23

UNPoA National Reporting

Under the terms of its 2001 commitment to the United Nations small arms Programme of Action, Kuwait has yet to submit a national report24 25 on its implementation of the UNPoA

UNPoA National Point of Contact

In Kuwait, a National Point of Contact to deal with issues relating to the UNPoA has not been designated25

UNPoA National Coordinating Body

In Kuwait, a National Coordinating Body to deal with issues relating to the UNPoA has not been designated25

UNPoA Civil Society Involvement and Support

In National Reports of Kuwait submitted to the UN, a history of substantive cooperation with civil society in support of UNPoA activities is not apparent25

UNPoA International Assistance – Donor

Funds for UNPoA implementation have not been donated25 by Kuwait to other UN Member States

United Nations Small Arms Register

According to the United Nations Register of Conventional Arms, Kuwait has not declared26 its small arms exports in one or more annual National Reports on Arms Exports.

United Nations Membership

In the UN List of Member States, Kuwait has been a Member State of the United Nations since 196327

Wassenaar Arrangement

The Wassenaar Arrangement on Export Controls and Conventional Arms and Dual-Use Goods and Technologies does not list28 Kuwait as a Participating State

BackgroundCountry Profile

Conflict Profile

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

Global Peace Index

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


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