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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 Macedonia is 256,0001

Rate of Civilian Firearm Possession per 100 Population

The estimated rate of private gun ownership (both licit and illicit) in Macedonia is 12.521 firearms per 100 people

Number of Privately Owned Rifles

In Macedonia, the number of rifles in civilian possession is reported to be 96,5872

Number of Privately Owned Handguns

There are reportedly 54,7132 handguns in civilian possession in Macedonia

Number of Privately Owned Firearms - World Ranking

In a comparison of the number of privately owned guns in 178 countries, Macedonia ranked at No. 833

Rate of Privately Owned Firearms per 100 Population - World Ranking

In a comparison of the rate of private gun ownership in 178 countries, Macedonia ranked at No. 204

Number of Registered Firearms

The number of registered guns in Macedonia is reported to be 155,9962 3 1

Rate of Registered Firearms per 100 Population

The rate of registered guns per 100 people in Macedonia is 7.631

Estimated Number of Illicit Firearms

Unlawfully held guns cannot be counted, but in Macedonia there are estimated to be 100,0005 6 7 1

Estimated Rate of Illicit Firearms per 100 Population

Unlawfully held guns cannot be counted, but in Macedonia there are estimated to be 4.908 1 illicit firearms per 100 people

Government Guns

Number of Military Firearms

The defence forces of Macedonia are reported to have 85,4469 7 firearms

Number of Law Enforcement Firearms

Police in Macedonia are reported to have 10,64010 to 36,00011 7 firearms

ImpactsDeath and Injury

Total Number of Gun Deaths

In Macedonia, annual deaths resulting from firearms total 2010: 3812

Rate of All Gun Deaths per 100,000 People

In Macedonia, the annual rate of all gun deaths per 100,000 population is 2010: 1.8512

Homicides (any method)

ChartIn Macedonia, annual homicides by any means total

2011: 3013
2010: 43
2009: 2914 13
2008: 40
2007: 48
2006: 53
2005: 52
2004: 56
2003: 66
2002: 69
2001: 131
2000: 60
1999: 50
1998: 4514
1997: 43
1996: 45
1995: 28
1994: 33

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

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

2011: 1.513
2010: 2.1
2009: 1.408 13
2008: 1.94
2007: 2.33
2006: 2.58
2005: 2.54
2004: 2.74
2003: 3.24
2002: 3.40
2001: 6.47
2000: 2.98
1999: 2.49
1998: 2.26
1997: 2.17
1996: 2.28
1995: 1.43
1994: 1.708

Gun Homicides

ChartIn Macedonia, annual firearm homicides total

2010: 2215 13
2009: 1215 16 13
2008: 1715 13
2007: 30
2006: 2515 17 13
2005: 2417 13
2004: 2918 13
2003: 3215
2002: 31
2001: 81
2000: 2015 13
1999: 16
1998: 2315
1997: 20
1995: 2819

Rate of Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

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

2010: 1.0715 13
2009: 0.5915 8 13
2008: 0.8315 13
2007: 1.47
2006: 1.2315 17 13
2005: 1.1817 13
2004: 1.428 13
2003: 1.5815
2002: 1.53
2001: 3.98
2000: 0.9915 13
1999: 0.79
1998: 1.1515
1997: 1.0
1995: 1.4320

Handgun Homicides

ChartIn Macedonia, annual handgun homicides total

2010: 815
2009: 1
2008: 2
2007: 2
2006: 4

Rate of Handgun Homicide per 100,000 People

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

2010: 0.3915
2009: 0.05
2008: 0.10
2007: 0.10
2006: 0.20

Long Gun Homicides

ChartIn Macedonia, annual long gun homicides total

2009: 115
2007: 1
2006: 1

Rate of Long Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

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

2009: 0.0515
2007: 0.05
2006: 0.05

Gun Homicides (Other)

ChartIn Macedonia, annual gun homicides (other) total

2010: 1415
2009: 10
2008: 15
2007: 27
2006: 20

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

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

2010: 0.6815
2009: 0.49
2008: 0.73
2007: 1.32
2006: 0.98

Suicides (any method)

ChartIn Macedonia, annual suicides by any means total

2009: 16714
2008: 161
2007: 159
2006: 165
2005: 143
2004: 179
2003: 136
2002: 149
2001: 151
2000: 148
1999: 169
1998: 151
1997: 155
1996: 143
1995: 130
1994: 128

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

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

2009: 8.088
2008: 7.81
2007: 7.73
2006: 8.05
2005: 6.99
2004: 8.77
2003: 6.68
2002: 7.34
2001: 7.46
2000: 7.35
1999: 8.43
1998: 7.57
1997: 7.81
1996: 7.25
1995: 6.65
1994: 6.61

Gun Suicides

ChartIn Macedonia, annual firearm suicides total

2010: 1321
2009: 1821 22
2008: 1721
2007: 18
2006: 19
2004: 2023 24
2003: 1721
2002: 15
2001: 14
2000: 8
1999: 13
1998: 18
1997: 16

Rate of Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

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

2010: 0.6321
2009: 0.8821 8
2008: 0.8321
2007: 0.88
2006: 0.93
2004: 0.988
2003: 0.8421
2002: 0.74
2001: 0.69
2000: 0.39
1999: 0.64
1998: 0.9
1997: 0.8

Handgun Suicides

ChartIn Macedonia, annual handgun suicides total

2010: 221
2009: 6
2008: 4
2007: 5
2006: 5

Rate of Handgun Suicide per 100,000 People

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

2010: 0.1021
2009: 0.29
2008: 0.20
2007: 0.24
2006: 0.25

Long Gun Suicides

ChartIn Macedonia, the number of long gun suicides is

2010: 121
2009: 2
2008: 3
2007: 1
2006: 1

Rate of Long Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

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

2010: 0.0521
2009: 0.10
2008: 0.15
2007: 0.05
2006: 0.05

Gun Suicides (Other)

ChartIn Macedonia, annual gun suicides (other) total

2010: 1021
2009: 10
2008: 10
2007: 12
2006: 13

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

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

2010: 0.4921
2009: 0.49
2008: 0.49
2007: 0.59
2006: 0.64

Unintentional Gun Deaths

ChartIn Macedonia, annual unintentional shooting deaths total

2010: 325
2009: 4
2008: 1
2007: 1
2006: 6
2003: 5
2002: 6
2001: 15
2000: 4
1998: 2
1997: 5

Rate of Unintentional Gun Death per 100,000 People

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

2010: 0.1525
2009: 0.20
2008: 0.05
2007: 0.05
2006: 0.29
2003: 0.25
2002: 0.3
2001: 0.74
2000: 0.2
1998: 0.1
1997: 0.25

Unintentional Handgun Deaths

ChartIn Macedonia, annual unintentional shooting deaths by handgun total

2010: 225
2009: 2
2008: 1
2006: 2

Rate of Unintentional Handgun Death per 100,000 People

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

2010: 0.1025
2009: 0.10
2008: 0.05
2006: 0.10

Unintentional Long Gun Deaths

In Macedonia, annual unintentional shooting deaths by long gun total 2010: 125

Rate of Unintentional Long Gun Death per 100,000 People

In Macedonia, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death by long gun per 100,000 population is 2010: 0.0525

Unintentional Gun Deaths (Other)

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

2009: 225
2007: 1
2006: 4

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

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

2009: 0.1025
2007: 0.05
2006: 0.20

Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

In Macedonia, annual shooting deaths in which the cause remains undecided total 1997: 026

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

In Macedonia, the annual rate of unknown-cause shooting deaths per 100,000 population is 1997: 0.0026

ProductionGun Industry

Regulation of Firearm Makers

In Macedonia, the manufacture of small arms, ammunition and/or their components is permitted for makers authorised by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Ministry of Defence,27 28 29 30 but no operational production companies exist31 32

TransfersGun Trade and Trafficking

Regulation of Firearm Exports

In Macedonia, firearm and ammunition exports are limited by transfer control law33 34

Small Arms Exports (US$) - Customs

The annual value of small arms and ammunition exports from Macedonia is reported by Customs to be US$ 94335 (2011)

Regulation of Firearm Imports

In Macedonia, firearm and ammunition imports are limited by transfer control law33

Small Arms Imports (US$) - Customs

The annual value of small arms and ammunition imports to Macedonia is reported by Customs to be US$963,75335 (2011)

Smuggling Guns and Ammunition

Reports suggest that the level of firearm and ammunition smuggling in Macedonia is high36 37 38 39 40 41

Regulation of Arms Brokers

In Macedonia, the activities of arms brokers and transfer intermediaries are specifically regulated by law42

End User Certificates

Customs regulations in Macedonia include34 certification of the intended end user of any small arms or ammunition transfer, and/or a written declaration of its intended end use

MeasuresGun Regulation

Firearm Regulation - Guiding Policy

The regulation of guns in Macedonia is categorised as restrictive43

Firearm Law

Guiding gun control legislation in Macedonia includes the Law on Arms 2005,44 the Law on Weapons,45 and the Law on the Production of, and Trade In, Arms and Military Equipment46

Firearm Regulation Authority

Guns in Macedonia are regulated by the Ministry of Internal Affairs47 48

Right to Possess Firearms

In Macedonia, the right to private gun ownership is not guaranteed by law49

Restricted Firearms and Ammunition

In Macedonia, civilians are not allowed to possess automatic firearms, military weapons, firearms disguised as non-weapons, silenced firearms, and armour piercing, explosive or incendiary ammunition50 51 52

Regulation of Automatic Weapons

In Macedonia, private possession of fully automatic weapons is prohibited50 51 52

Regulation of Semiautomatic Assault Weapons

In Macedonia, private possession of semi-automatic assault weapons is permitted under licence, subject to strict permissions50 51 52

Regulation of Handguns

In Macedonia, private possession of handguns (pistols and revolvers) is permitted under licence, subject to strict conditions50 51 52

Gun Ownership and Possession

In Macedonia, only licensed gun owners50 may lawfully acquire, possess or transfer a firearm or ammunition

Genuine Reason Required for Firearm Possession

Applicants for a gun owner’s licence in Macedonia are required to prove genuine reason to possess a firearm, for example, self-defence, hunting, sport shooting, or collection53 54 55 56 57 58 59

Minimum Age for Firearm Possession

The minimum age for gun ownership in Macedonia is 18 years54 53

Gun Licence Background Checks

An applicant for a firearm licence in Macedonia must pass a background check which considers criminal, medical, domestic violence, addiction, residential and various other53 54 60 61 62 63 records

Reference Required for Firearm Licence

In Macedonia, third party character references for each gun licence applicant are not required49

Domestic Violence and Firearms

Where a past history, or apprehended likelihood of family violence exists, the law in Macedonia stipulates62 that a gun licence should be denied or revoked

Firearm Safety Training

In Macedonia, an understanding of firearm safety and the law, tested in a theoretical and/or practical training course is required64 57 65 53 54 for a firearm licence

Gun Owner Licensing Period

In Macedonia gun owners must re-apply and re-qualify for their firearm licence every two to five years, depending on the age of the applicant66

Licensing Records

In Macedonia, authorities maintain a record67 of individual civilians licensed to acquire, possess, sell or transfer a firearm or ammunition

Limit on Number of Guns

Licensed firearm owners in Macedonia are permitted to possess only firearms granted specific permission for possession or purchase by the Ministry of Internal Affairs68 69

Limit on Quantity, Type of Ammunition

Licensed firearm owners in Macedonia are permitted to possess a maximum of 50 bullets once in the course of one calendar year and a maximum of 100 bullets for hunting arms70 69

Firearm Registration

Civilian Gun Registration

In Macedonia, the law requires71 67 72 73 74 50 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 Macedonia, licensed firearm dealers are required75 to keep a record of each firearm or ammunition purchase, sale or transfer on behalf of a regulating authority

Gun Manufacturer Record Keeping

In Macedonia, licensed gun makers are required67 75 to keep a record of each firearm produced, for inspection by a regulating authority

Gun Sales and Transfers

Background Checks for Private Gun Sales

The buyer of a firearm in a private sale in Macedonia is obliged68 76 to pass official background checks before taking possession

Regulation of Private Gun Sales

In Macedonia, the private sale and transfer of firearms is permitted68 69 76

Regulation of Dealer Gun Sales

In Macedonia, dealing in firearms by way of business without a valid gun dealer’s licence is unlawful77

Waiting Period for Gun Possession

In Macedonia, the minimum wait for a lawful firearm purchase to be completed is undetermined49

Regulation of Gun Shows

In Macedonia, gun shows and temporary firearm dealing events are not regulated49 in law

Storage and Transport of Guns and Ammunition

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Private

Firearm regulations in Macedonia include78 79 80 81 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 Macedonia include82 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition by licensed arms dealers

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Government

Government regulations in Macedonia include83 84 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition by state entities

Firearm and Ammunition Transport Regulations

Regulations in Macedonia include85 86 87 88 89 82 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition while in transit

Marking and Tracing Guns and Ammunition

Firearm Marking

In Macedonia, a unique identifying mark on each firearm is required by law90 91 92 29 31

Firearm Tracing

In Macedonia, state authorities carry out31 recognised arms tracing and tracking procedures

Ballistic Marking of Firearms and Ammunition

In Macedonia, state authorities employ71 ballistic fingerprinting technology to trace guns and ammunition

Carrying Guns

Carrying Guns Openly in Public

In Macedonia, carrying a firearm in plain view in a public place is prohibited88 85 50

Carrying Hidden Handguns in Public

In Macedonia, carrying a concealed firearm in a public place is prohibited88 85 50

Gun Free Zones

In Macedonia, private guns are prohibited in public places (streets, squares, roads, excursion places, ports, airports, railway stations, bus stations, waiting rooms, tourism and trading facilities, handicraft shops, sport stadiums, playgrounds, means of public transportation, cinema halls, theatre or concert halls, exhibition spaces, gardens and similar), as well as other places that at a certain time serve for such purposes88 85

Penalty for Illicit Firearm Possession

In Macedonia, the maximum penalty for illicit firearm possession is a fine of up to 300,000 denars93

Collection, Amnesty and Destruction Programmes

Authorities in Macedonia are known to have94 95 96 97 98 99 100 implemented voluntary firearm surrender schemes, and/or weapon seizure programmes in order to reduce the number of illicit firearms in circulation

Surrendered in Gun Amnesty

In Macedonia, the number of firearms and/or rounds of ammunition voluntarily surrendered for destruction in recent arms amnesty and collection programmes is reported to be 6,41297 to 7,57194 (2003)

Small Arms Destroyed

ChartIn Macedonia, the total number of firearms destroyed following recent amnesty, collection and seizure programmes is reported to be

2010: 9,876100
2005: 5,31399
2004: 7,57198
2003: 6,41297
2001: 3,87595 94 96
2000: 1,51494
1999: 2,61094
1998: 1,274
1997: 1,725
1996: 1,103

Destruction and Disposal Policy

In Macedonia, it is not state policy101 to destroy surplus, collected and seized firearms rather than return them to the secondary arms market

MeasuresInternational Controls

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 2009102 by Macedonia.

United Nations Arms Trade Treaty

The United Nations Arms Trade Treaty has been signed and ratified103 by Macedonia

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 ratified104 by Macedonia

United Nations Small Arms Programme of Action UNPoA

UNPoA Commitment

On 21 July 2001, Macedonia 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 Aspects105

UNPoA National Reporting

Under the terms of its 2001 commitment to the United Nations small arms Programme of Action, Macedonia has submitted one or more national reports106 107 on its implementation of the UNPoA

UNPoA National Point of Contact

In Macedonia, a National Point of Contact to deal with issues relating to the UNPoA has been designated108 107

UNPoA National Coordinating Body

In Macedonia, a National Coordinating Body to deal with issues relating to the UNPoA has been designated108 107

UNPoA Civil Society Involvement and Support

In National Reports of Macedonia submitted to the UN, a history of substantive cooperation with civil society in support of UNPoA activities is apparent108 107 109

UNPoA International Assistance – Donor

Funds for UNPoA implementation have not been donated107 by Macedonia to other UN Member States

UNPoA International Assistance – Recipient

Funds for UNPoA implementation have been provided107 to Macedonia by other UN Member States

United Nations Small Arms Register

According to the United Nations Register of Conventional Arms, Macedonia has not declared110 its small arms exports in one or more annual National Reports on Arms Exports.

United Nations Membership

In the UN List of Member States, Macedonia has been a Member State of the United Nations since 1993111

Wassenaar Arrangement

The Wassenaar Arrangement on Export Controls and Conventional Arms and Dual-Use Goods and Technologies does not list112 Macedonia as a Participating State

BackgroundCountry Profile

Conflict Profile

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

Global Peace Index

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


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