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Lithuania — 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 Lithuania is 93,3861 2 3

Rate of Civilian Firearm Possession per 100 Population

The estimated rate of private gun ownership (both licit and illicit) in Lithuania is 2.964 5 firearms per 100 people

Number of Privately Owned Rifles

In Lithuania, the number of rifles in civilian possession is reported to be 20,8496

Number of Privately Owned Shotguns

In Lithuania, the number of shotguns in civilian possession is reported to be 45,2356

Number of Privately Owned Handguns

In Lithuania, the number of handguns in civilian possession is reported to be 19,9116

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. 1287

Number of Licensed Firearm Owners

The number of licensed gun owners in Lithuania is reported to be 53,7076

Rate of Licensed Firearm Owners per 100 Population

The rate of licensed firearm owners per 100 people in Lithuania is 1.704

Number of Registered Firearms

ChartThe number of registered guns in Lithuania is reported to be

2009: 84,8968 6
2008: 78,3248
2007: 73,418
2006: 69,786
2005: 66,7678 3
2004: 65,5348
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: 2.694
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

Unlawfully held guns cannot be counted, but in Lithuania there are estimated to be 8,4909 2

Estimated Rate of Illicit Firearms per 100 Population

Unlawfully held guns cannot be counted, but in Lithuania there are estimated to be 0.274 illicit firearms per 100 people

Government Guns

Number of Military Firearms

The defence forces of Lithuania are reported to have 104,20810 firearms

Number of Law Enforcement Firearms

Police in Lithuania are reported to have 12,59311 firearms

ImpactsDeath and Injury

Total Number of Gun Deaths

ChartIn Lithuania, annual deaths resulting from firearms total

2014: 3812 13 14 15
2013: 48
2012: 3912 13 14 15 16
2011: 3712 13 14 15
2010: 5317
2009: 5012 13 14 15
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: 1.304
2013: 1.63
2012: 1.314 16
2011: 1.234
2010: 1.6117
2009: 1.584
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: 20218
2011: 21118 19 20
2010: 21918 19
2009: 252
2008: 298
2007: 277
2006: 28818 19 21
2005: 372
2004: 34318 19 22
2003: 34419 22
2002: 29319 23
2001: 353
2000: 37019 24
1999: 309
1998: 311
1997: 39119 25
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: 6.718
2011: 6.918 19 20
2010: 7.118 19
2009: 8.1
2008: 9.518 19 26
2007: 8.7
2006: 8.918 19 21 26
2005: 11.3
2004: 10.318 19 22 26
2003: 10.019 22 26
2002: 8.519 23 26
2001: 10.1
2000: 10.619 24 26
1999: 8.8
1998: 8.8
1997: 10.919 25 26
1996: 11.2
1995: 13.8

Gun Homicides

ChartIn Lithuania, annual firearm homicides total

2014: 812
2013: 8
2012: 312 16
2011: 712 18
2010: 8
2009: 1412 18 19
2008: 12
2007: 12
2006: 13
2005: 14
2004: 1912 19
2003: 20
2002: 18
2001: 29
2000: 51
1999: 18
1998: 52
1997: 13125 19
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: 0.2712
2013: 0.27
2012: 0.1012 16
2011: 0.2312 4
2010: 0.26
2009: 0.4412 4 19
2008: 0.38
2007: 0.37
2006: 0.40
2005: 0.42
2004: 0.5612 19
2003: 0.59
2002: 0.52
2001: 0.84
2000: 1.46
1999: 0.51
1998: 1.47
1997: 3.5425 19
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%18 20
2010: 1%18
2009: 3%
2008: 1%
2007: 3%
2006: 3%
2005: 3%
2004: 5.0%19
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: 112
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: 0.0312
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: 212
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: 0.0612
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: 712
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: 0.2412
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: 1,55227

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: 45.0627

Gun Suicides

ChartIn Lithuania, annual firearm suicides total

2014: 2113
2013: 28
2012: 3113 16
2011: 2113
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: 0.7213
2013: 0.95
2012: 1.0413 16
2011: 0.6913
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: 513
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: 0.1713
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: 413
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: 0.1313
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: 1613
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: 0.5513
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: 114
2013: 1
2012: 114 16
2011: 214
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: 0.0314
2013: 0.03
2012: 0.0314 4
2011: 0.0714
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: 114
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: 0.0314
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: 114
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: 0.0314
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: 114
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: 0.0314
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: 815
2013: 11
2012: 415 16
2011: 715
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: 0.2715
2013: 0.37
2012: 0.1315 4
2011: 0.2315
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: 115
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: 0.0315
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: 115
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: 0.0315
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: 815
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: 0.2715
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)28 29 30 31 32 33

TransfersGun Trade and Trafficking

Firearm Exports

In Lithuania, firearm and ammunition exports are limited by transfer control law34 35 29 30 36 37 38 39 40 41

Small Arms Exports (US$) - Customs

The annual value of small arms and ammunition exports from Lithuania is reported by Customs to be US$5,494,75642 (2011)

Firearm Imports

In Lithuania, firearm and ammunition imports are limited by transfer control law34 35 29 30 36 37 38 39 40

Small Arms Imports (US$) - Customs

The annual value of small arms and ammunition imports to Lithuania is reported by Customs to be US$5,120,72642 (2011)

Regulation of Arms Brokers

In Lithuania, the activities of arms brokers and transfer intermediaries are specifically regulated by law43 44 45 36 46 47 48

End User Certificates

Customs regulations in Lithuania include36 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: 10.2549
2013: 11.0050
2012: 10.0051
2011: 10.2552
2010: 10.7553
2009: 9.7554
2008: 9.7555
2007: 9.2556
2006: 10.0057
2005: 8.0058
2004: 7.5059

MeasuresGun Regulation

Firearm Regulation - Guiding Policy

The regulation of guns in Lithuania is categorised as restrictive60

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,61 62 the Council Directive of 18 June 1991 on Control of the Acquisition and Possession of Weapons,63 64 the European Union Firearms Regulation of 2012 and the Common Position on the Control of Arms Brokering of 200365

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,66 67 36 68 and the European Commission64

Right to Possess Firearms

In Lithuania, the right to private gun ownership is not guaranteed by law69 70 71 72

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 ammunition73 74 75 76 77

Regulation of Automatic Weapons

In Lithuania, private possession of fully automatic weapons is prohibited73 74 75 76 77 20

Regulation of Semiautomatic Assault Weapons

In Lithuania, private possession of semi-automatic assault weapons is permitted under licence78 79 80 81 77

Regulation of Handguns

In Lithuania, private possession of handguns (pistols and revolvers) is permitted under licence78 79 82 76 80 81 77 20

Law Regulates Long Guns

In Lithuania, civilian possession of rifles and shotguns is regulated by law78 79 20

Gun Ownership and Possession

In Lithuania, only licensed gun owners83 78 84 76 80 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 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 agreements72 85 86 87

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 airguns78 85 87

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 addiction88 89 90 87 20 records

Reference Required for Firearm Licence

In Lithuania, third party character references for each gun licence applicant are not required91

Domestic Violence and Firearms

Where a past history, or apprehended likelihood of family violence exists, the law in Lithuania does not stipulate91 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 required78 88 92 for a firearm licence

Gun Owner Licensing Period

In Lithuania, gun owners must re-apply and re-qualify for their firearm licence every five years93 94

Licensing Records

In Lithuania, authorities maintain a record95 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 firearms91

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 purposes96 97

Firearm Registration

Civilian Gun Registration

In Lithuania, the law requires98 99 96 100 101 102 103 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 required104 35 103 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 required102 105 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 outside immediate family members106

Regulation of Dealer Gun Sales

In Lithuania, dealing in firearms by way of business without a valid gun dealer’s licence is unlawful29 104 30 107 81

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 weapon96 108

Waiting Period for Gun Possession

In Lithuania, the minimum wait for a lawful firearm purchase to be completed is undetermined91

Regulation of Gun Shows

In Lithuania, gun shows and temporary firearm dealing events are not regulated91 in law

Storage and Transport of Guns and Ammunition

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Private

Firearm regulations in Lithuania include109 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 include104 110 28 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 include100 105 111 110 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition by state entities

Firearm and Ammunition Transport Regulations

Regulations in Lithuania include112 109 113 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 law28 114 115 31 102 116 117

Firearm Tracing

In Lithuania, state authorities carry out114 116 103 118 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 not119 recorded in a register

Carrying Guns

Carrying Guns Openly in Public

In Lithuania, carrying a firearm in plain view in a public place is prohibited109 20

Carrying Hidden Handguns in Public

In Lithuania, carrying a concealed firearm in a public place is allowed, subject to a valid permit113 96 109 20

Gun Free Zones

In Lithuania, private guns are prohibited in public places that may cause threat to the security of individuals or a population120

Penalty for Illicit Firearm Possession

In Lithuania, the maximum penalty for unlawful possession of a firearm121 is five years in prison30 94 122

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: 117123
2012: 72123 124
2011: 97
2010: 126
2009/14: 691125

Destruction and Disposal Policy

In Lithuania, it is not state policy126 127 128 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 Parliament129 130

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 report131 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 2009132 by Lithuania.

United Nations Arms Trade Treaty

The United Nations Arms Trade Treaty has been signed and ratified133 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 ratified134 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 Aspects135

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. 12136 137 138 139 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 reports140 141 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 designated142 141

UNPoA National Coordinating Body

In Lithuania, a National Coordinating Body to deal with issues relating to the UNPoA has been designated141

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 apparent143

UNPoA International Assistance – Donor

Funds for UNPoA implementation have been donated141 by Lithuania to other UN Member States

United Nations Small Arms Register

According to the United Nations Register of Conventional Arms, Lithuania has declared144 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 1991145

Wassenaar Arrangement

The Wassenaar Arrangement on Export Controls and Conventional Arms and Dual-Use Goods and Technologies lists146 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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