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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 2007 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 2007 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 Handguns

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

2004/05: 7.0%3

Number of Licensed Firearm Owners

The number of licensed gun owners in Luxembourg is reported to be 18,0004

Rate of Licensed Firearm Owners per 100 Population

The rate of licensed firearm owners per 100 people in Luxembourg is 4.165

Government Guns

Number of Military Firearms

The defence forces of Luxembourg are reported to have 2,0006 firearms

Number of Law Enforcement Firearms

Police in Luxembourg are reported to have 1,6337 firearms

ImpactsDeath and Injury

Total Number of Gun Deaths

ChartIn Luxembourg, annual deaths resulting from firearms total

2014: 88 9
2013: 49 10
2012: 99 10 11 12
2011: 69
2010: 119 11
2009: 913
2008: 118 9 11
2007: 14
2006: 1214 9 11
2005: 98 9 11
2004: 69 10
2003: 68 9
2002: 138 9 11
2001: 98 9 15
2000: 138 9 11
1999: 128 9
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

2014: 1.435
2013: 0.73
2012: 1.695 12
2011: 1.155
2010: 2.16
2009: 1.8113
2008: 2.245
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: 416 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 17
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: 0.816 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 5
1998: 0.9
1997: 1.0
1996: 1.0
1995: 0.5

Gun Homicides

ChartIn Luxembourg, annual firearm homicides total

2014: 18
2011: 016
2010: 0
2009: 18 16
2008: 28 16 14
2007: 1
2006: 116 14
2005: 18
2003: 1
2002: 1
2001: 2
2000: 4
1999: 2
1998: 2
1997: 1

Rate of Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

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

2014: 0.188
2012: 0.012
2011: 0.005
2010: 0.00
2009: 0.208 5
2008: 0.418 5 14
2007: 0.21
2006: 0.215 14
2005: 0.228
2003: 0.22
2002: 0.22
2001: 0.45
2000: 0.91
1999: 0.46
1998: 0.47
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%16
2010: 0%
2009: 40%
2008: 13%
2007: 29%
2006: 11%

Handgun Homicides

ChartIn Luxembourg, annual handgun homicides total

2014: 18
2008: 1
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

2014: 0.188
2008: 0.20
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: 18
2008: 1
2007: 1
2002: 1
2001: 2
2000: 1
1999: 1
1998: 1

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

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

2009: 0.208
2008: 0.20
2007: 0.21
2002: 0.22
2001: 0.45
2000: 0.23
1999: 0.23
1998: 0.23

Gun Suicides

ChartIn Luxembourg, annual firearm suicides total

2014: 79
2013: 3
2012: 79 12
2011: 69
2010: 9
2009: 5
2008: 8
2007: 11
2006: 10
2005: 6
2004: 5
2003: 5
2002: 11
2001: 7
2000: 6
1999: 9
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

2014: 1.269
2013: 0.55
2012: 1.329 12
2011: 1.169
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: 2.08
1998: 2.81
1997: 1.43

Handgun Suicides

ChartIn Luxembourg, annual handgun suicides total

2014: 29
2010: 4
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

2014: 0.369
2010: 0.79
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: 19
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: 0.209
2008: 0.41

Gun Suicides (Other)

ChartIn Luxembourg, annual gun suicides (other) total

2014: 59
2013: 3
2012: 7
2011: 6
2010: 4
2009: 4
2008: 5
2007: 11
2006: 9
2005: 5
2004: 5
2003: 5
2002: 11
2001: 7
2000: 6
1999: 9
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

2014: 0.909
2013: 0.55
2012: 1.32
2011: 1.16
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: 2.08
1998: 2.81

Unintentional Gun Deaths

ChartIn Luxembourg, annual unintentional shooting deaths total

2013: 110
2012: 110 12
2004: 110
2001: 015

Rate of Unintentional Gun Death per 100,000 People

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

2013: 0.1810
2012: 0.1910 5
2004: 0.2210
2001: 0.0015

Unintentional Long Gun Deaths

ChartIn Luxembourg, annual unintentional shooting deaths by long gun total

2013: 110
2012: 1

Rate of Unintentional Long Gun Death per 100,000 People

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

2013: 0.1810
2012: 0.19

Unintentional Gun Deaths (Other)

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

2004: 110

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: 0.2210

Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

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

2012: 111 12
2010: 211
2009: 1
2008: 1
2007: 2
2006: 1
2005: 2
2002: 1
2001: 015
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: 0.1911 5
2010: 0.3911
2009: 0.20
2008: 0.20
2007: 0.42
2006: 0.21
2005: 0.43
2002: 0.22
2001: 0.0015
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

2012: 111
2008: 1
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

2012: 0.1911
2008: 0.20
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 prohibited18

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

Firearm Exports

In Luxembourg, firearm and ammunition exports are limited by transfer control law20 21 22 23 24 25 26

Small Arms Exports (US$) - Customs

The annual value of small arms and ammunition exports from Luxembourg is reported by Customs to be US$969,08027 (2011)

Firearm Imports

In Luxembourg, firearm and ammunition imports are limited by transfer control law20 21 22 23 24 25

Small Arms Imports (US$) - Customs

The annual value of small arms and ammunition imports to Luxembourg is reported by Customs to be US$6,427,59927 (2011)28

Smuggling Guns and Ammunition

Reports suggest that the level of firearm and ammunition smuggling in Luxembourg is negligible4

Regulation of Arms Brokers

In Luxembourg, the activities of arms brokers and transfer intermediaries are specifically regulated by law29 30 31

End User Certificates

Customs regulations in Luxembourg include20 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, Luxembourg scored

2014: 9.7532
2013: 10.2533
2012: 10.7534
2011: 9.7535
2010: 9.2536
2009: 10.5037
2008: 11.0038
2007: 10.7539
2006: 10.5040
2005: 11.0041
2004: 8.7542

MeasuresGun Regulation

Firearm Regulation - Guiding Policy

The regulation of guns in Luxembourg is categorised as restrictive43

Firearm Law

Guiding gun control legislation in Luxembourg includes the Law of 3 August 2011 modifying the Act of March 15, 1983 on Arms and Ammunition and its regulations,20 European Council Directive of 18 June 1991 on Control of the Acquisition and Possession of Weapons,44 45 the European Union Firearms Regulation of 2012 and the Common Position on the Control of Arms Brokering of 200346

Firearm Regulation Authority

Guns in Luxembourg are regulated by the Chamber of Deputies Minister of Justice,4 and the European Commission45

Right to Possess Firearms

In Luxembourg, the right to private gun ownership is not guaranteed by law47 48

Restricted Firearms and Ammunition

In Luxembourg, civilians are not allowed to possess long guns and handguns,4 automatic firearms, firearms disguised as other objects, and armour-piercing, incendiary and expanding ammunition49 50

Regulation of Automatic Weapons

In Luxembourg, private possession of fully automatic weapons is prohibited49 50

Regulation of Semiautomatic Assault Weapons

In Luxembourg, private possession of semi-automatic assault weapons is permitted only with special authorisation51 52 50

Regulation of Handguns

In Luxembourg, private possession of handguns (pistols and revolvers) is prohibited49 51 52 50

Gun Ownership and Possession

In Luxembourg, only licensed gun owners53 49 51 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, security54

Minimum Age for Firearm Possession

The minimum age for gun ownership in Luxembourg is 18 years54

Gun Owner Background Checks

An applicant for a firearm licence in Luxembourg must pass a background check which considers criminal and mental health54 records

Limit on Quantity, Type of Ammunition

Licensed firearm owners in Luxembourg are permitted to possess only ammunition suitable for the intended firearm55

Firearm Registration

Civilian Gun Registration

In Luxembourg, the law requires56 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 required57 56 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 required57 to keep a record of each firearm produced, for inspection by a regulating authority

State-Owned Firearm Records

In Luxembourg, State agencies are required58 to maintain records of the storage and movement of all firearms and ammunition under their control

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 unlawful59 52

Storage and Transport of Guns and Ammunition

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Private

Firearm regulations in Luxembourg do not include4 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of private firearms and ammunition by licensed gun owners

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Government

Government regulations in Luxembourg include58 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition by state entities

Firearm and Ammunition Transport Regulations

Regulations in Luxembourg include4 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 required by law60 61 57 62

Firearm Tracing

In Luxembourg, state authorities carry out63 62 56 recognised arms tracing and tracking procedures

Collection, Amnesty and Destruction Programmes

Firearms Surrendered and Seized

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

2013: 30364
2011: 265

Small Arms Destroyed

In Luxembourg, the number of firearms destroyed following amnesty, collection and seizure programmes is reported to be

2013: 7564

Destruction and Disposal Policy

In Luxembourg, it is not state policy58 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, 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 Parliament66 67

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 report68 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 200969 by Luxembourg.

United Nations Arms Trade Treaty

The United Nations Arms Trade Treaty has been signed and ratified70 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 ratified71 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 Aspects72

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. 6973 74 75 76 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 reports77 78 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 designated79 78

UNPoA National Coordinating Body

In Luxembourg, a National Coordinating Body to deal with issues relating to the UNPoA has been designated78 80

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 apparent78

UNPoA International Assistance – Donor

Funds for UNPoA implementation have been donated78 by Luxembourg to other UN Member States

United Nations Small Arms Register

According to the United Nations Register of Conventional Arms, Luxembourg has declared81 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 194582

Wassenaar Arrangement

The Wassenaar Arrangement on Export Controls and Conventional Arms and Dual-Use Goods and Technologies lists83 Luxembourg as a Participating State


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