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StockpilesGun Numbers

Civilian Guns

Number of Privately Owned Firearms

The estimated total number of guns (both licit and illicit) held by civilians in Luxembourg is 70,0001

Rate of Civilian Firearm Possession per 100 Population

The estimated rate of private gun ownership (both licit and illicit) in Luxembourg is 15.31 firearms per 100 people

Number of Privately Owned Firearms - World Ranking

In a comparison of the number of privately owned guns in 178 countries, Luxembourg ranked at No. 1472

Rate of Privately Owned Firearms per 100 Population - World Ranking

In a comparison of the rate of private gun ownership in 178 countries, Luxembourg ranked at No. 411

Proportion of Households with Firearms

In Luxembourg, the percentage of households with one or more guns is reported to be

2004/05: 12.3%3

Proportion of Households with Rifles

In Luxembourg, the percentage of households with one or more rifles is reported to be

2005: 50%4

Proportion of Households with Shotguns

In Luxembourg, the percentage of households with one or more shotguns is reported to be

2005: 30%4

Proportion of Households with Handguns

In Luxembourg, the percentage of households with one or more handguns is reported to be

2004/05: 7.0%3 4

Number of Licensed Firearm Owners

The number of licensed gun owners in Luxembourg is reported to be 18,0005

Rate of Licensed Firearm Owners per 100 Population

The rate of licensed firearm owners per 100 people in Luxembourg is 4.166

Government Guns

Number of Military Firearms

The defence forces of Luxembourg are reported to have 2,0007 firearms

Number of Law Enforcement Firearms

Police in Luxembourg are reported to have 1,6338 firearms

ImpactsDeath and Injury

Total Number of Gun Deaths

ChartIn Luxembourg, annual deaths resulting from firearms total

2012: 99
2011: 610
2010: 1110 11
2009: 912
2008: 1113 10 11
2007: 14
2006: 1214 10 11
2005: 913 10 11
2004: 610 15
2003: 613 10
2002: 1313 10 11
2001: 913 10 16
2000: 1313 10 11
1999: 1213 10
1998: 15
1997: 7

Rate of All Gun Deaths per 100,000 People

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

2012: 1.79
2011: 1.156
2010: 2.16
2009: 1.8112
2008: 2.246
2007: 2.90
2006: 2.53
2005: 1.93
2004: 1.30
2003: 1.32
2002: 2.90
2001: 2.03
2000: 2.96
1999: 2.77
1998: 3.52
1997: 1.66

Homicides (any method)

ChartIn Luxembourg, annual homicides by any means total

2011: 417 14
2010: 10
2009: 5
2008: 8
2007: 7
2006: 9
2005: 4
2004: 2
2003: 3
2002: 6
2001: 9
2000: 4
1999: 614 18
1998: 4
1997: 4
1996: 4
1995: 2

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

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

2011: 0.817 14
2010: 2.0
2009: 1.0
2008: 1.6
2007: 1.5
2006: 1.9
2005: 0.9
2004: 0.4
2003: 0.7
2002: 1.4
2001: 2.0
2000: 0.9
1999: 1.414 6
1998: 0.9
1997: 1.0
1996: 1.0
1995: 0.5

Gun Homicides

ChartIn Luxembourg, annual firearm homicides total

2011: 017
2010: 0
2009: 313 17
2008: 213 17 14
2007: 1
2006: 117 14
2005: 113
2003: 1
2002: 1
2001: 2
2000: 6
1999: 2
1998: 3
1997: 1

Rate of Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

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

2012: 0.09
2011: 0.006
2010: 0.00
2009: 0.6013 6
2008: 0.4113 6 14
2007: 0.21
2006: 0.216 14
2005: 0.2213
2003: 0.22
2002: 0.22
2001: 0.45
2000: 1.37
1999: 0.46
1998: 0.7
1997: 0.24

Proportion of Homicides Committed With a Gun

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

2011: 0%17
2010: 0%
2009: 40%
2008: 13%
2007: 29%
2006: 11%

Handgun Homicides

ChartIn Luxembourg, annual handgun homicides total

2008: 113
2005: 1
2003: 1
2000: 3
1999: 1
1998: 1

Rate of Handgun Homicide per 100,000 People

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

2008: 0.2013
2005: 0.22
2003: 0.22
2000: 0.68
1999: 0.23
1998: 0.23

Gun Homicides (Other)

ChartIn Luxembourg, annual gun homicides (other) total

2009: 313
2008: 1
2007: 1
2002: 1
2001: 2
2000: 3
1999: 1
1998: 2

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

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

2009: 0.6013
2008: 0.20
2007: 0.21
2002: 0.22
2001: 0.45
2000: 0.68
1999: 0.23
1998: 0.47

Gun Suicides

ChartIn Luxembourg, annual firearm suicides total

2012: 79
2011: 610
2010: 9
2009: 5
2008: 8
2007: 11
2006: 10
2005: 6
2004: 5
2003: 5
2002: 11
2001: 7
2000: 6
1999: 10
1998: 12
1997: 6

Rate of Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

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

2012: 1.39
2011: 1.1610
2010: 1.78
2009: 1.00
2008: 1.64
2007: 2.29
2006: 2.12
2005: 1.29
2004: 1.09
2003: 1.11
2002: 2.47
2001: 1.58
2000: 1.37
1999: 2.31
1998: 2.81
1997: 1.43

Handgun Suicides

ChartIn Luxembourg, annual handgun suicides total

2010: 410
2009: 1
2008: 1
2006: 1
2005: 1

Rate of Handgun Suicide per 100,000 People

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

2010: 0.7910
2009: 0.20
2008: 0.20
2006: 0.21
2005: 0.22

Long Gun Suicides

ChartIn Luxembourg, the number of long gun suicides is

2010: 110
2008: 2

Rate of Long Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

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

2010: 0.2010
2008: 0.41

Gun Suicides (Other)

ChartIn Luxembourg, annual gun suicides (other) total

2011: 610
2010: 4
2009: 4
2008: 5
2007: 11
2006: 9
2005: 5
2004: 5
2003: 5
2002: 11
2001: 7
2000: 6
1999: 10
1998: 12

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

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

2011: 1.1610
2010: 0.79
2009: 0.80
2008: 1.02
2007: 2.29
2006: 1.90
2005: 1.07
2004: 1.09
2003: 1.11
2002: 2.47
2001: 1.58
2000: 1.37
1999: 2.31
1998: 2.81

Unintentional Gun Deaths

ChartIn Luxembourg, annual unintentional shooting deaths total

2012: 19
2004: 115
2001: 016

Rate of Unintentional Gun Death per 100,000 People

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

2012: 0.196
2004: 0.2215
2001: 0.0016

Unintentional Gun Deaths (Other)

In Luxembourg, annual unintentional shooting deaths by firearm (other) total

2004: 115

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

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

2004: 0.2215

Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

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

2012: 19
2010: 211
2009: 1
2008: 1
2007: 2
2006: 1
2005: 2
2002: 1
2001: 016
2000: 111

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

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

2012: 0.196
2010: 0.3911
2009: 0.20
2008: 0.20
2007: 0.42
2006: 0.21
2005: 0.43
2002: 0.22
2001: 0.0016
2000: 0.2311

Handgun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

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

2010: 211
2007: 1

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

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

2010: 0.3911
2007: 0.21

Long Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

In Luxembourg, annual deaths by long gun in which the cause remains undecided total

2009: 111

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

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

2009: 0.2011

Gun Deaths (Other) from Undetermined Cause

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

2008: 111
2007: 1
2006: 1
2005: 2
2002: 1
2000: 1

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

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

2008: 0.2011
2007: 0.21
2006: 0.21
2005: 0.43
2002: 0.22
2000: 0.23

ProductionGun Industry

Regulation of Firearm Makers

In Luxembourg, the manufacture of small arms, ammunition and/or their components is permitted only if the maker holds a valid licence5

Small Arms Manufacture - World Ranking

In a classification of the world's small, medium and major firearm manufacturers, Luxembourg was ranked 'small'19

TransfersGun Trade and Trafficking

Regulation of Firearm Exports

In Luxembourg, firearm and ammunition exports are limited by transfer control law20 21 22 23 24

Small Arms Exports (US$) - Customs

The annual value of small arms and ammunition exports from Luxembourg is reported by Customs to be US$969,08025 (2011)

Regulation of Firearm Imports

In Luxembourg, firearm and ammunition imports are limited by transfer control law20 21 22 23

Small Arms Imports (US$) - Customs

The annual value of small arms and ammunition imports to Luxembourg is reported by Customs to be US$6,427,59925 (2011)26

Smuggling Guns and Ammunition

Reports suggest that the level of firearm and ammunition smuggling in Luxembourg is negligible5

Regulation of Arms Brokers

In Luxembourg, the activities of arms brokers and transfer intermediaries are specifically regulated by law27 28

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, Luxembourg scored

2014: 9.7529
2013: 10.2530
2012: 10.7531
2011: 9.7532
2010: 9.2533
2009: 10.5034
2008: 11.0035
2007: 10.7536
2006: 10.5037
2005: 11.0038
2004: 8.7539

MeasuresGun Regulation

Firearm Regulation - Guiding Policy

The regulation of guns in Luxembourg is categorised as restrictive40

Firearm Law

Guiding gun control legislation in Luxembourg includes the European Council Directive of 18 June 1991 on Control of the Acquisition and Possession of Weapons,41 42 the European Union Firearms Regulation of 2012 and the Common Position on the Control of Arms Brokering of 200343

Firearm Regulation Authority

Guns in Luxembourg are regulated by the Chamber of Deputies Minister of Justice,5 and the European Commission42

Right to Possess Firearms

In Luxembourg, the right to private gun ownership is not guaranteed by law44 45

Restricted Firearms and Ammunition

In Luxembourg, civilians are not allowed to possess long guns and handguns,5 automatic firearms, firearms disguised as other objects, and armour-piercing, incendiary and expanding ammunition46 47

Regulation of Automatic Weapons

In Luxembourg, private possession of fully automatic weapons is prohibited46 47

Regulation of Semiautomatic Assault Weapons

In Luxembourg, private possession of semi-automatic assault weapons is permitted only with special authorisation48 49 47

Regulation of Handguns

In Luxembourg, private possession of handguns (pistols and revolvers) is prohibited46 48 49 47

Gun Ownership and Possession

In Luxembourg, only licensed gun owners50 46 48 may lawfully acquire, possess or transfer a firearm or ammunition

Genuine Reason Required for Firearm Possession

Applicants for a gun owner’s licence in Luxembourg are required to establish a genuine reason to possess a firearm, for example hunting, target shooting, collection, personal protection, security51

Minimum Age for Firearm Possession

The minimum age for gun ownership in Luxembourg is 18 years51

Gun Owner Background Checks

An applicant for a firearm licence in Luxembourg must pass a background check which considers criminal and mental health51 records

Limit on Quantity, Type of Ammunition

Licensed firearm owners in Luxembourg are permitted to possess only ammunition suitable for the intended firearm52

Firearm Registration

Civilian Gun Registration

In Luxembourg, the law requires53 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 Luxembourg, licensed firearm dealers are required54 53 to keep a record of each firearm or ammunition purchase, sale or transfer on behalf of a regulating authority

Gun Manufacturer Record Keeping

In Luxembourg, licensed gun makers are required54 to keep a record of each firearm produced, for inspection by a regulating authority

Gun Sales and Transfers

Regulation of Dealer Gun Sales

In Luxembourg, dealing in firearms by way of business without a valid gun dealer’s licence is unlawful55 49

Storage and Transport of Guns and Ammunition

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Private

Firearm regulations in Luxembourg do not include5 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of private firearms and ammunition by licensed gun owners

Firearm and Ammunition Transport Regulations

Regulations in Luxembourg include5 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition while in transit

Marking and Tracing Guns and Ammunition

Firearm Marking

In Luxembourg, a unique identifying mark on each firearm is not required by law54 56

Firearm Tracing

In Luxembourg, state authorities carry out56 53 recognised arms tracing and tracking procedures

MeasuresInternational Controls

Regional Agreements

European Union

As a member of the European Union, Luxembourg 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 Parliament57 58

European Union Export Reporting

Under the European Union Common Position on Arms Exports, Luxembourg 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 Luxembourg has yet to submit a national report59 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 200960 by Luxembourg.

United Nations Arms Trade Treaty

The United Nations Arms Trade Treaty has been signed and ratified61 by Luxembourg

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, but not yet ratified62 by Luxembourg

United Nations Small Arms Programme of Action UNPoA

UNPoA Commitment

On 21 July 2001, Luxembourg 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 Aspects63

UNPoA Implementation Monitor Score

In its UN small arms Programme of Action Implementation Monitor (PoAIM Phase 1), the Small Arms Survey scored Luxembourg against its commitments to the PoA, then ranked it at No. 6964 65 66 67 among 159 Member States

UNPoA National Reporting

Under the terms of its 2001 commitment to the United Nations small arms Programme of Action, Luxembourg has submitted one or more national reports68 69 on its implementation of the UNPoA

UNPoA National Point of Contact

In Luxembourg, a National Point of Contact to deal with issues relating to the UNPoA has been designated70 69

UNPoA Civil Society Involvement and Support

In National Reports of Luxembourg submitted to the UN from 2001 to 2010, a history of substantive cooperation with civil society in support of UNPoA activities was not apparent69

UNPoA International Assistance – Donor

Funds for UNPoA implementation have been donated69 by Luxembourg to other UN Member States

United Nations Small Arms Register

According to the United Nations Register of Conventional Arms, Luxembourg has declared71 its small arms exports in one or more annual National Reports on Arms Exports.

United Nations Membership

In the UN List of Member States, Luxembourg has been a Member State of the United Nations since 194572

Wassenaar Arrangement

The Wassenaar Arrangement on Export Controls and Conventional Arms and Dual-Use Goods and Technologies lists73 Luxembourg as a Participating State


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