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Lithuania — Gun Facts, Figures and the Law

StockpilesGun Numbers

Civilian Guns

Number of Privately Owned Firearms

ChartThe estimated total number of guns (both licit and illicit) held by civilians in Lithuania is

2009: 93,3861 2 3
2008: 86,156
2007: 80,760
2006: 76,765
2005: 73,4441 2 3 4
2004: 72,0871 2 3
2003: 70,206
2002: 67,698
2001: 65,412
2000: 62,212
1999: 59,843
1998: 57,207
1997: 51,850
1996: 49,315
1995: 47,850
1994: 45,111
1993: 39,126

Rate of Civilian Firearm Possession per 100 Population

ChartThe estimated rate of private gun ownership (both licit and illicit) per 100 people in Lithuania is

2009: 2.965 6 3
2008: 2.70
2007: 2.50
2006: 2.35
2005: 2.215 6 3 4
2004: 2.135 6 3
2003: 2.05
2002: 1.96
2001: 1.88
2000: 1.78
1999: 1.71
1998: 1.64
1997: 1.48
1996: 1.41
1995: 1.36
1994: 1.28
1993: 1.10

Number of Privately Owned Rifles

In Lithuania, the number of rifles in civilian possession is reported to be 20,8497

Number of Privately Owned Shotguns

In Lithuania, the number of shotguns in civilian possession is reported to be 45,2357

Number of Privately Owned Handguns

In Lithuania, the number of handguns in civilian possession is reported to be 19,9117

Number of Privately Owned Firearms - World Ranking

In a 2007 comparison of the number of privately owned guns in 178 countries, Lithuania ranked at No. 1288

Number of Licensed Firearm Owners

The number of licensed gun owners in Lithuania is reported to be 53,7077

Rate of Licensed Firearm Owners per 100 Population

The rate of licensed firearm owners per 100 people in Lithuania is 1.705

Number of Registered Firearms

ChartThe number of registered guns in Lithuania is reported to be

2009: 84,8969 7
2008: 78,3249
2007: 73,418
2006: 69,786
2005: 66,7679 4
2004: 65,5349
2003: 63,824
2002: 61,544
2001: 59,465
2000: 56,556
1999: 54,403
1998: 52,006
1997: 47,136
1996: 44,832
1995: 43,500
1994: 41,010
1993: 35,569

Rate of Registered Firearms per 100 Population

ChartThe rate of registered guns per 100 people in Lithuania is

2009: 2.695
2008: 2.48
2007: 2.27
2006: 2.13
2005: 2.01
2004: 1.94
2003: 1.86
2002: 1.78
2001: 1.71
2000: 1.62
1999: 1.56
1998: 1.49
1997: 1.35
1996: 1.28
1995: 1.24
1994: 1.16
1993: 1.00

Estimated Number of Illicit Firearms

ChartUnlawfully held guns cannot be counted, but in Lithuania there are estimated to be

2009: 8,4901 10 3
2008: 7,832
2007: 7,342
2006: 6,979
2005: 6,677
2004: 6,553
2003: 6,382
2002: 6,154
2001: 5,947
2000: 5,656
1999: 5,440
1998: 5,201
1997: 4,714
1996: 4,483
1995: 4,350
1994: 4,101
1993: 3,557

Estimated Rate of Illicit Firearms per 100 Population

ChartUnlawfully held guns cannot be counted, but in Lithuania the rate of illicit firearms per 100 people is estimated to be

2009: 0.275
2008: 0.25
2007: 0.23
2006: 0.21
2005: 0.20
2004: 0.19
2003: 0.19
2002: 0.18
2001: 0.17
2000: 0.16
1999: 0.16
1998: 0.15
1997: 0.13
1996: 0.13
1995: 0.12
1994: 0.12
1993: 0.10

Government Guns

Number of Military Firearms

The defence forces of Lithuania are reported to have 104,20811 firearms

Number of Law Enforcement Firearms

Police in Lithuania are reported to have 12,59312 firearms

ImpactsDeath and Injury

Total Number of Gun Deaths

ChartIn Lithuania, annual deaths resulting from firearms total

2014: 3813 14 15 16
2013: 48
2012: 3913 14 15 16 17
2011: 3713 14 15 16
2010: 5318
2009: 5013 14 15 16
2008: 47
2007: 38
2006: 45
2005: 63
2004: 66
2003: 66
2002: 62
2001: 76
2000: 111
1999: 67
1998: 124

Rate of All Gun Deaths per 100,000 People

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

2014: 1.305
2013: 1.63
2012: 1.315 17
2011: 1.235
2010: 1.6118
2009: 1.585
2008: 1.47
2007: 1.18
2006: 1.38
2005: 1.89
2004: 1.95
2003: 1.93
2002: 1.80
2001: 2.19
2000: 3.18
1999: 1.92
1998: 3.55

Homicides (any method)

ChartIn Lithuania, annual homicides by any means total

2012: 20219
2011: 21119 20 21
2010: 21919 20
2009: 252
2008: 298
2007: 277
2006: 28819 20 22
2005: 372
2004: 34319 20 23
2003: 34420 23
2002: 29320 24
2001: 353
2000: 37020 25
1999: 309
1998: 311
1997: 39120 26
1996: 405
1995: 502

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

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

2012: 6.719
2011: 6.919 20 21
2010: 7.119 20
2009: 8.1
2008: 9.519 20 27
2007: 8.7
2006: 8.919 20 22 27
2005: 11.3
2004: 10.319 20 23 27
2003: 10.020 23 27
2002: 8.520 24 27
2001: 10.1
2000: 10.620 25 27
1999: 8.8
1998: 8.8
1997: 10.920 26 27
1996: 11.2
1995: 13.8

Gun Homicides

ChartIn Lithuania, annual firearm homicides total

2014: 813
2013: 8
2012: 313 17
2011: 713 19
2010: 8
2009: 1413 19 20
2008: 12
2007: 12
2006: 13
2005: 14
2004: 1913 20
2003: 20
2002: 18
2001: 29
2000: 51
1999: 18
1998: 52
1997: 13126 20
1996: 191
1995: 252

Rate of Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

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

2014: 0.2713
2013: 0.27
2012: 0.1013 17
2011: 0.2313 5
2010: 0.26
2009: 0.4413 5 20
2008: 0.38
2007: 0.37
2006: 0.40
2005: 0.42
2004: 0.5613 20
2003: 0.59
2002: 0.52
2001: 0.84
2000: 1.46
1999: 0.51
1998: 1.47
1997: 3.5426 20
1996: 5.15
1995: 6.78

Proportion of Homicides Committed With a Gun

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

2011: 1%19 21
2010: 1%19
2009: 3%
2008: 1%
2007: 3%
2006: 3%
2005: 3%
2004: 5.0%20
2003: 2.0%
2002: 5.5%
2001: 4.2%
2000: 22.4%
1999: 27.2%
1998: 37.6%
1997: 33.5%
1996: 47.2%
1995: 50.2%

Handgun Homicides

ChartIn Lithuania, annual handgun homicides total

2014: 113
2013: 3
2011: 3
2010: 5
2009: 7
2008: 4
2007: 3
2006: 2
2005: 2
2004: 5
2003: 6
2002: 9
2001: 11
2000: 16
1999: 6
1998: 14

Rate of Handgun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Lithuania, the annual rate of handgun homicide per 100,000 population is

2014: 0.0313
2013: 0.10
2011: 0.10
2010: 0.16
2009: 0.22
2008: 0.13
2007: 0.09
2006: 0.06
2005: 0.06
2004: 0.15
2003: 0.18
2002: 0.26
2001: 0.32
2000: 0.46
1999: 0.17
1998: 0.39

Long Gun Homicides

ChartIn Lithuania, annual long gun homicides total

2010: 213
2009: 3
2008: 5
2007: 5
2006: 5
2005: 5
2004: 6
2003: 6
2002: 4
2001: 7
2000: 11
1999: 3
1998: 9

Rate of Long Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Lithuania, the annual rate of long gun homicide per 100,000 population is

2010: 0.0613
2009: 0.09
2008: 0.16
2007: 0.15
2006: 0.15
2005: 0.15
2004: 0.18
2003: 0.18
2002: 0.12
2001: 0.20
2000: 0.31
1999: 0.09
1998: 0.25

Gun Homicides (Other)

ChartIn Lithuania, annual gun homicides (other) total

2014: 713
2013: 5
2012: 3
2011: 4
2010: 1
2009: 4
2008: 3
2007: 4
2006: 6
2005: 7
2004: 8
2003: 8
2002: 5
2001: 11
2000: 24
1999: 9
1998: 29

Rate of Gun Homicide (Other) per 100,000 People

ChartIn Lithuania, the annual rate of gun homicide (other) per 100,000 population is

2014: 0.2413
2013: 0.17
2012: 0.10
2011: 0.13
2010: 0.03
2009: 0.13
2008: 0.09
2007: 0.12
2006: 0.18
2005: 0.21
2004: 0.24
2003: 0.23
2002: 0.15
2001: 0.32
2000: 0.69
1999: 0.26
1998: 0.82

Suicides (any method)

In Lithuania, annual suicides by any means total

1999: 1,55228

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

In Lithuania, the annual rate of suicide by any means per 100,000 population is

1999: 45.0628

Gun Suicides

ChartIn Lithuania, annual firearm suicides total

2014: 2114
2013: 28
2012: 3114 17
2011: 2114
2010: 33
2009: 17
2008: 24
2007: 16
2006: 23
2005: 33
2004: 30
2003: 31
2002: 31
2001: 34
2000: 40
1999: 35
1998: 43

Rate of Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

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

2014: 0.7214
2013: 0.95
2012: 1.0414 17
2011: 0.6914
2010: 1.07
2009: 0.54
2008: 0.75
2007: 0.50
2006: 0.70
2005: 0.99
2004: 0.89
2003: 0.91
2002: 0.90
2001: 0.98
2000: 1.14
1999: 0.99
1998: 1.21

Handgun Suicides

ChartIn Lithuania, annual handgun suicides total

2014: 514
2013: 11
2012: 10
2011: 7
2010: 11
2009: 8
2008: 7
2007: 5
2006: 8
2005: 7
2004: 12
2003: 7
2002: 5
2001: 11
2000: 6
1999: 12
1998: 12

Rate of Handgun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Lithuania, the annual rate of handgun suicide per 100,000 population is

2014: 0.1714
2013: 0.37
2012: 0.33
2011: 0.23
2010: 0.36
2009: 0.25
2008: 0.22
2007: 0.15
2006: 0.24
2005: 0.21
2004: 0.36
2003: 0.21
2002: 0.15
2001: 0.32
2000: 0.17
1999: 0.34
1998: 0.34

Long Gun Suicides

ChartIn Lithuania, the number of long gun suicides is

2011: 414
2010: 7
2009: 5
2008: 7
2007: 5
2006: 8
2005: 17
2004: 10
2003: 19
2002: 21
2001: 15
2000: 22
1999: 10
1998: 15

Rate of Long Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Lithuania, the annual rate of long gun suicide per 100,000 population is

2011: 0.1314
2010: 0.23
2009: 0.16
2008: 0.22
2007: 0.15
2006: 0.24
2005: 0.51
2004: 0.30
2003: 0.56
2002: 0.61
2001: 0.43
2000: 0.63
1999: 0.28
1998: 0.42

Gun Suicides (Other)

ChartIn Lithuania, annual gun suicides (other) total

2014: 1614
2013: 17
2012: 21
2011: 10
2010: 15
2009: 4
2008: 10
2007: 6
2006: 7
2005: 9
2004: 8
2003: 5
2002: 5
2001: 8
2000: 12
1999: 13
1998: 16

Rate of Gun Suicide (Other) per 100,000 People

ChartIn Lithuania, the annual rate of gun suicide (other) per 100,000 population is

2014: 0.5514
2013: 0.57
2012: 0.70
2011: 0.33
2010: 0.48
2009: 0.13
2008: 0.31
2007: 0.19
2006: 0.21
2005: 0.27
2004: 0.24
2003: 0.15
2002: 0.15
2001: 0.23
2000: 0.34
1999: 0.37
1998: 0.45

Unintentional Gun Deaths

ChartIn Lithuania, annual unintentional shooting deaths total

2014: 115
2013: 1
2012: 115 17
2011: 215
2010: 1
2009: 5
2008: 3
2007: 2
2006: 1
2005: 3
2004: 3
2003: 6
2002: 5
2001: 5
2000: 7
1999: 4
1998: 13

Rate of Unintentional Gun Death per 100,000 People

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

2014: 0.0315
2013: 0.03
2012: 0.0315 5
2011: 0.0715
2010: 0.03
2009: 0.16
2008: 0.09
2007: 0.06
2006: 0.03
2005: 0.09
2004: 0.09
2003: 0.18
2002: 0.15
2001: 0.14
2000: 0.2
1999: 0.11
1998: 0.37

Unintentional Handgun Deaths

ChartIn Lithuania, annual unintentional shooting deaths by handgun total

2012: 115
2011: 1
2009: 2
2008: 1
2007: 1
2005: 1
2000: 3
1999: 2
1998: 3

Rate of Unintentional Handgun Death per 100,000 People

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

2012: 0.0315
2011: 0.03
2009: 0.06
2008: 0.03
2007: 0.03
2005: 0.03
2000: 0.09
1999: 0.06
1998: 0.08

Unintentional Long Gun Deaths

ChartIn Lithuania, annual unintentional shooting deaths by long gun total

2009: 115
2008: 1
2007: 1
2006: 1
2005: 1
2004: 2
2003: 4
2002: 2
2001: 5
1999: 1
1998: 5

Rate of Unintentional Long Gun Death per 100,000 People

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

2009: 0.0315
2008: 0.03
2007: 0.03
2006: 0.03
2005: 0.03
2004: 0.06
2003: 0.12
2002: 0.06
2001: 0.14
1999: 0.03
1998: 0.14

Unintentional Gun Deaths (Other)

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

2014: 115
2013: 1
2011: 1
2010: 1
2009: 2
2008: 1
2005: 1
2004: 1
2003: 2
2002: 3
2000: 4
1999: 1
1998: 5

Rate of Unintentional Gun Death (Other) per 100,000 People

ChartIn Lithuania, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death by firearm (other) per 100,000 population is

2014: 0.0315
2013: 0.03
2011: 0.03
2010: 0.03
2009: 0.06
2008: 0.03
2005: 0.03
2004: 0.03
2003: 0.06
2002: 0.09
2000: 0.11
1999: 0.03
1998: 0.14

Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn Lithuania, annual shooting deaths in which the cause remains undecided total

2014: 816
2013: 11
2012: 416 17
2011: 716
2010: 11
2009: 14
2008: 8
2007: 8
2006: 8
2005: 13
2004: 14
2003: 9
2002: 8
2001: 8
2000: 13
1999: 10
1998: 16

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

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

2014: 0.2716
2013: 0.37
2012: 0.1316 5
2011: 0.2316
2010: 0.36
2009: 0.44
2008: 0.25
2007: 0.25
2006: 0.24
2005: 0.39
2004: 0.41
2003: 0.26
2002: 0.23
2001: 0.23
2000: 0.37
1999: 0.28
1998: 0.45

Handgun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

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

2013: 116
2012: 1
2011: 3
2010: 1
2009: 5
2007: 1
2006: 1
2005: 2
2004: 4
2003: 2
2002: 1
2001: 2
2000: 2
1999: 1
1998: 2

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

ChartIn Lithuania, the annual rate of unknown-cause handgun deaths per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.0316
2012: 0.03
2011: 0.10
2010: 0.03
2009: 0.16
2007: 0.03
2006: 0.03
2005: 0.06
2004: 0.12
2003: 0.06
2002: 0.03
2001: 0.06
2000: 0.06
1999: 0.03
1998: 0.06

Long Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

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

2011: 116
2010: 2
2009: 3
2008: 2
2007: 1
2006: 5
2005: 7
2004: 3
2003: 4
2002: 3
2001: 3
2000: 3
1999: 3
1998: 7

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

ChartIn Lithuania, the annual rate of unknown-cause long gun deaths per 100,000 population is

2011: 0.0316
2010: 0.06
2009: 0.09
2008: 0.06
2007: 0.03
2006: 0.15
2005: 0.21
2004: 0.09
2003: 0.12
2002: 0.09
2001: 0.09
2000: 0.09
1999: 0.09
1998: 0.20

Gun Deaths (Other) from Undetermined Cause

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

2014: 816
2013: 10
2012: 3
2011: 3
2010: 8
2009: 6
2008: 6
2007: 6
2006: 2
2005: 4
2004: 7
2003: 3
2002: 4
2001: 3
2000: 8
1999: 6
1998: 7

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

ChartIn Lithuania, the annual rate of unknown-cause gun deaths (other) per 100,000 population is

2014: 0.2716
2013: 0.34
2012: 0.10
2011: 0.10
2010: 0.26
2009: 0.19
2008: 0.19
2007: 0.19
2006: 0.06
2005: 0.12
2004: 0.21
2003: 0.09
2002: 0.12
2001: 0.09
2000: 0.23
1999: 0.17
1998: 0.20

ProductionGun Industry

Regulation of Firearm Makers

In Lithuania, the manufacture of small arms, ammunition and/or their components is permitted only if the maker holds a valid licence (but is not currently conducted in practice)29 30 31 32 33 34

TransfersGun Trade and Trafficking

Firearm Exports

In Lithuania, firearm and ammunition exports are limited by transfer control law35 36 30 31 37 38 39 40 41 42

Small Arms Exports (US$) - Customs

The annual value of small arms and ammunition exports from Lithuania is reported by Customs to be US$5,494,75643 (2011)

Firearm Imports

In Lithuania, firearm and ammunition imports are limited by transfer control law35 36 30 31 37 38 39 40 41

Small Arms Imports (US$) - Customs

The annual value of small arms and ammunition imports to Lithuania is reported by Customs to be US$5,120,72643 (2011)

Regulation of Arms Brokers

In Lithuania, the activities of arms brokers and transfer intermediaries are specifically regulated by law44 45 46 37 47 48 49

End User Certificates

Customs regulations in Lithuania include37 certification of the intended end user of any small arms or ammunition transfer, and/or a written declaration of its intended end use

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, Lithuania scored

2014: 10.2550
2013: 11.0051
2012: 10.0052
2011: 10.2553
2010: 10.7554
2009: 9.7555
2008: 9.7556
2007: 9.2557
2006: 10.0058
2005: 8.0059
2004: 7.5060

MeasuresGun Regulation

Firearm Regulation - Guiding Policy

The regulation of guns in Lithuania is categorised as restrictive61

Firearm Law

Guiding gun control legislation in Lithuania includes the Law on the Control of Arms and Ammunition and the Law on the Control of Strategic Goods,62 63 the Council Directive of 18 June 1991 on Control of the Acquisition and Possession of Weapons,64 65 the European Union Firearms Regulation of 2012 and the Common Position on the Control of Arms Brokering of 200366

Firearm Regulation Authority

Guns in Lithuania are regulated by the Ministry of National Defence, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Economy, the Police Department under the Ministry of the Interior, the Customs Department under the Ministry of Finance, and the Weaponry Fund of the Republic of Lithuania,67 68 37 69 and the European Commission65

Right to Possess Firearms

In Lithuania, the right to private gun ownership is not guaranteed by law70 71 72 73

Restricted Firearms and Ammunition

In Lithuania, civilians are not allowed to possess automatic weapons (category A), military sniper rifles, unmarked firearms, craft weapons, armour-piercing ammunition74 75 76 77 78

Regulation of Automatic Weapons

In Lithuania, private possession of fully automatic weapons is prohibited74 75 76 77 78 21

Regulation of Semiautomatic Assault Weapons

In Lithuania, private possession of semi-automatic assault weapons is permitted under licence79 80 81 82 78

Regulation of Handguns

In Lithuania, private possession of handguns (pistols and revolvers) is permitted under licence79 80 83 77 81 82 78 21

Law Regulates Long Guns

In Lithuania, civilian possession of rifles and shotguns is regulated by law79 80 21

Gun Ownership and Possession

In Lithuania, only licensed gun owners84 79 85 77 81 21 may lawfully acquire, possess or transfer a firearm or ammunition

Genuine Reason Required for Firearm Possession

Applicants for a gun owner’s licence in Lithuania are required to establish a genuine reason to possess a firearm, for example hunting, sports, self-defence, professional activities, collecting, training, scientific research, other purposes that conform to international laws and agreements73 86 87 88

Minimum Age for Firearm Possession

The minimum age for gun ownership in Lithuania is 23 years for handguns for self-defence and collectors permits(having passed an examination and obtained a permit), 21 years for semi-automatic assault rifles, all handguns (including semi-automatics), hunting rifles, and all firearms for professional activities after passing an examination and having obtained a permit(including automatic firearms for official duties), 18 years for semi-automatic shotguns, and smooth-bore hunting firearms for self-defence (having passed an examination and obtained a permit), and 16 years for sports-shooting firearms and airguns79 86 88

Gun Owner Background Checks

An applicant for a firearm licence in Lithuania must pass a background check which considers criminal, mental health, medical, physical fitness and addiction89 90 91 88 21 records

Reference Required for Firearm Licence

In Lithuania, third party character references for each gun licence applicant are not required92

Domestic Violence and Firearms

Where a past history, or apprehended likelihood of family violence exists, the law in Lithuania does not stipulate92 that a gun licence should be denied or revoked

Firearm Safety Training

In Lithuania, an understanding of firearm safety and the law, tested in a theoretical and/or practical training course is required79 89 93 for a firearm licence

Gun Owner Licensing Period

In Lithuania, gun owners must re-apply and re-qualify for their firearm licence every five years94 95

Licensing Records

In Lithuania, authorities maintain a record96 of individual civilians licensed to acquire, possess, sell or transfer a firearm or ammunition

Limit on Number of Guns

Licensed firearm owners in Lithuania are permitted to possess any number of firearms92

Limit on Quantity, Type of Ammunition

Licensed firearm owners in Lithuania are permitted to possess only 500 cartridges of each type (calibre) for the weapons they possess or an unlimited number of cartridges for sporting purposes97 98

Firearm Registration

Civilian Gun Registration

In Lithuania, the law requires99 100 97 101 102 103 104 that a record of the acquisition, possession and transfer of each privately held firearm be retained in an official register

Gun Dealer Record Keeping

In Lithuania, licensed firearm dealers are required105 36 104 to keep a record of each firearm or ammunition purchase, sale or transfer on behalf of a regulating authority

State-Owned Firearm Records

In Lithuania, State agencies are required103 106 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 Lithuania, the private sale and transfer of firearms is prohibited, except in rare cases107

Regulation of Dealer Gun Sales

In Lithuania, dealing in firearms by way of business without a valid gun dealer’s licence is unlawful30 105 31 108 82

Limit on Gun Dealer Sales

In Lithuania, the number and type of firearms which can be sold by a licensed gun dealer to a single gun owner is limited to one firearm per permit to acquire a weapon97 109

Waiting Period for Gun Possession

In Lithuania, the minimum wait for a lawful firearm purchase to be completed is undetermined92

Regulation of Gun Shows

In Lithuania, gun shows and temporary firearm dealing events are not regulated92 in law

Storage and Transport of Guns and Ammunition

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Private

Firearm regulations in Lithuania include110 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of private firearms and ammunition by licensed gun owners

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Dealer

Firearm regulations in Lithuania include105 111 29 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition by licensed arms dealers

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Government

Government regulations in Lithuania include101 106 112 111 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition by state entities

Firearm and Ammunition Transport Regulations

Regulations in Lithuania include113 110 114 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition while in transit

Marking and Tracing Guns and Ammunition

Firearm Marking

In Lithuania, a unique identifying mark on each firearm is required by law29 115 116 32 103 117 118

Firearm Tracing

In Lithuania, state authorities carry out115 117 104 119 recognised arms tracing and tracking procedures

Ballistic Record of Firearms and Ammunition

In Lithuania, the ballistic characteristics of each civilian firearm and its ammunition are not120 recorded in a register

Carrying Guns

Carrying Guns Openly in Public

In Lithuania, carrying a firearm in plain view in a public place is prohibited110 21

Carrying Hidden Handguns in Public

In Lithuania, carrying a concealed firearm in a public place is allowed, subject to a valid permit114 97 110 21

Gun Free Zones

In Lithuania, private guns are prohibited in public places that may cause threat to the security of individuals or a population121

Penalty for Illicit Firearm Possession

In Lithuania, the maximum penalty for unlawful possession of a firearm122 is five years in prison31 95 123

Collection, Amnesty and Destruction Programmes

Firearms Surrendered and Seized

ChartIn Lithuania, the number of firearms voluntarily surrendered, bought back or seized by authorities is reported to be

2013: 117124
2012: 72124 125
2011: 97
2010: 126
2009/14: 691126

Destruction and Disposal Policy

In Lithuania, it is not state policy127 128 129 to destroy surplus, collected and seized firearms rather than return them to the secondary arms market

MeasuresInternational Controls

Regional Agreements

European Union

As a member of the European Union, Lithuania is bound by the provisions of the ‘EU Firearms Directive’ – the 2007 Legislative Resolution on Control of the Acquisition and Possession of Weapons of the European Parliament130 131

European Union Export Reporting

Under the European Union Common Position on Arms Exports, Lithuania is bound to declare its transfers of military technology and equipment. Independent monitoring provides detailed comparisons of arms export reporting compliance across EU member states, and records that Lithuania has yet to submit a national report132 on its arms transfers

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 2009133 by Lithuania.

United Nations Arms Trade Treaty

The United Nations Arms Trade Treaty has been signed and ratified134 by Lithuania

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 ratified135 by Lithuania

United Nations Small Arms Programme of Action UNPoA

UNPoA Commitment

On 21 July 2001, Lithuania 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 Aspects136

UNPoA Implementation Monitor Score

In its UN small arms Programme of Action Implementation Monitor (PoAIM Phase 1), the Small Arms Survey scored Lithuania against its commitments to the PoA, then ranked it at No. 12137 138 139 140 among 159 Member States

UNPoA National Reporting

Under the terms of its 2001 commitment to the United Nations small arms Programme of Action, Lithuania has submitted one or more national reports141 142 on its implementation of the UNPoA

UNPoA National Point of Contact

In Lithuania, a National Point of Contact to deal with issues relating to the UNPoA has been designated143 142

UNPoA National Coordinating Body

In Lithuania, a National Coordinating Body to deal with issues relating to the UNPoA has been designated142

UNPoA Civil Society Involvement and Support

In National Reports of Lithuania submitted to the UN from 2001 to 2010, a history of substantive cooperation with civil society in support of UNPoA activities was apparent144

UNPoA International Assistance – Donor

Funds for UNPoA implementation have been donated142 by Lithuania to other UN Member States

United Nations Small Arms Register

According to the United Nations Register of Conventional Arms, Lithuania has declared145 its small arms exports in one or more annual National Reports on Arms Exports.

United Nations Membership

In the UN List of Member States, Lithuania has been a Member State of the United Nations since 1991146

Wassenaar Arrangement

The Wassenaar Arrangement on Export Controls and Conventional Arms and Dual-Use Goods and Technologies lists147 Lithuania as a Participating State

BackgroundCountry Profile

Conflict Profile

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

Global Peace Index

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


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