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Civilian Guns

Number of Privately Owned Firearms

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

2011: 1,352,3801 2 3
2005: 1,320,0004

Rate of Civilian Firearm Possession per 100 Population

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

2011: 27.295 6 3
2005: 31.34

Number of Privately Owned Rifles

In Norway, the number of rifles in civilian possession is reported to be 720,0007

Number of Privately Owned Shotguns

In Norway, the number of shotguns in civilian possession is reported to be 600,0008 7

Number of Privately Owned Handguns

In Norway, the number of handguns in civilian possession is reported to be 720,0007

Number of Privately Owned Firearms - World Ranking

In a 2007 comparison of the number of privately owned guns in 178 countries, Norway ranked at No. 449

Rate of Privately Owned Firearms per 100 Population - World Ranking

In a 2007 comparison of the rate of private gun ownership in 178 countries, Norway ranked at No. 114

Proportion of Households with Firearms

ChartIn Norway, the percentage of households with one or more guns is reported to be

2005: 26.1%10
1989: 31.5%

Proportion of Households with Handguns

ChartIn Norway, the percentage of households with one or more handguns is reported to be

2005: 3.7%10
1989: 3.7%

Number of Licensed Firearm Owners

The number of licensed gun owners in Norway is reported to be 484,29811

Rate of Licensed Firearm Owners per 100 Population

The rate of licensed firearm owners per 100 people in Norway is 9.775

Number of Registered Firearms

ChartThe number of registered guns in Norway is reported to be

2011: 1,229,43611
2005: 1,320,0004

Rate of Registered Firearms per 100 Population

ChartThe rate of registered guns per 100 people in Norway is

2011: 24.815
2005: 28.54

Estimated Number of Illicit Firearms

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

2011: 122,9441 12 3
2004: 500,00013

Estimated Rate of Illicit Firearms per 100 Population

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

2011: 2.485
2004: 10.89

Government Guns

Number of Military Firearms

The defence forces of Norway are reported to have 80,00014 15 firearms

Routine Arming of Police

In Norway, police officers on routine patrol do not carry a firearm16 17 18

Number of Law Enforcement Firearms

Police in Norway are reported to have 10,50019 20 firearms

ImpactsDeath and Injury

Total Number of Gun Deaths

ChartIn Norway, annual deaths resulting from firearms total

2014: 6321 22
2013: 73
2012: 8821 22 23 24
2011: 14221 22 23
2010: 8725
2009: 10721 22 23
2008: 8821 22 26
2007: 1021 22 23 26
2006: 99
2005: 89
2004: 10321 22 27
2003: 116
2002: 106
2001: 10921 22 26
2000: 12621 22 27
1999: 13221 22 23 26
1998: 11321 22 23 27
1997: 14121 22 23 26
1996: 145

Rate of All Gun Deaths per 100,000 People

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

2014: 1.2228
2013: 1.44
2012: 1.75
2011: 2.87
2010: 1.78
2009: 2.225
2008: 1.84
2007: 0.21
2006: 2.12
2005: 1.92
2004: 2.23
2003: 2.54
2002: 2.34
2001: 2.41
2000: 2.80
1999: 2.96
1998: 2.55
1997: 3.20
1996: 3.31

Total Number of Male Gun Deaths

ChartIn Norway, annual male deaths resulting from firearms total

2014: 6228
2013: 70
2012: 83
2011: 103
2010: 85

Total Number of Female Gun Deaths

ChartIn Norway, annual female deaths resulting from firearms total

2014: 128
2013: 3
2012: 5
2011: 39
2010: 2

Homicides (any method)

ChartIn Norway, annual homicides by any means total

2014: 3128
2013: 50
2012: 30
2011: 114
2010: 33
2009: 2929 30
2008: 2731 29 30
2007: 33
2006: 45
2005: 29
2004: 39
2003: 48
2002: 39
2001: 33
2000: 53
1999: 3831 30
1998: 43
1997: 41
1996: 47
1995: 45
1994: 3431
1993: 42
1992: 47
1991: 66

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

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

2014: 1.2228
2013: 1.44
2012: 1.75
2011: 2.87
2010: 1.78
2009: 0.629 30
2008: 0.575 29 30
2007: 0.70
2006: 0.97
2005: 0.63
2004: 0.85
2003: 1.05
2002: 0.86
2001: 0.73
2000: 1.185 32 29 30
1999: 0.855 32 30
1998: 0.97
1997: 0.93
1996: 1.07
1995: 1.03
1994: 0.785 32
1993: 0.97
1992: 1.1
1991: 1.55
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Male Homicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn Norway, annual male homicides by any means total

2014: 2228
2013: 32
2012: 21
2011: 62
2010: 17

Female Homicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn Norway, annual female homicides by any means total

2014: 928
2013: 18
2012: 9
2011: 52
2010: 16

Gun Homicides

ChartIn Norway, annual firearm homicides total

2014: 521
2013: 3
2012: 521 24
2011: 7121
2010: 2
2009: 9
2008: 3
2007: 221 30
2006: 1021
2005: 5
2004: 12
2003: 12
2002: 16
2001: 6
2000: 17
1999: 14
1998: 12
1997: 10
1996: 12
1995: 1133
1994: 7
1993: 14
1992: 12

Rate of Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

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

2014: 0.1028
2013: 0.06
2012: 0.10
2011: 1.43
2010: 0.04
2009: 0.19
2008: 0.06
2007: 0.0421 30
2006: 0.2121
2005: 0.11
2004: 0.26
2003: 0.26
2002: 0.35
2001: 0.13
2000: 0.38
1999: 0.31
1998: 0.27
1997: 0.23
1996: 0.27
1995: 0.255
1994: 0.16
1993: 0.325 34
1992: 0.28

Proportion of Homicides Committed With a Gun

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

2010: 11%35
2007: 8.1%30

Male Gun Homicide Victims

ChartIn Norway, annual male firearm homicides total

2015: 528
2014: 5
2013: 2
2012: 4
2011: 35
2010: 2

Female Gun Homicide Victims

ChartIn Norway, annual female firearm homicides total

2015: 028
2014: 0
2013: 1
2012: 1
2011: 36
2010: 0

Handgun Homicides

ChartIn Norway, annual handgun homicides total

2014: 421
2012: 1
2010: 1
2009: 4
2005: 2
2004: 2
2003: 3
2002: 3
2001: 2
2000: 3
1999: 1
1998: 3
1997: 4
1996: 5

Rate of Handgun Homicide per 100,000 People

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

2014: 0.0821
2012: 0.02
2010: 0.02
2009: 0.08
2005: 0.04
2004: 0.04
2003: 0.07
2002: 0.07
2001: 0.04
2000: 0.07
1999: 0.02
1998: 0.07
1997: 0.09
1996: 0.11

Long Gun Homicides

ChartIn Norway, annual long gun homicides total

2013: 321
2011: 1
2009: 1
2008: 1
2006: 2
2004: 1
2003: 2
2002: 7
2001: 1
2000: 9
1999: 7
1998: 5
1997: 3
1996: 3

Rate of Long Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

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

2013: 0.0621
2011: 0.02
2009: 0.02
2008: 0.02
2006: 0.04
2004: 0.02
2003: 0.04
2002: 0.15
2001: 0.02
2000: 0.20
1999: 0.16
1998: 0.11
1997: 0.07
1996: 0.07

Gun Homicides (Other)

ChartIn Norway, annual gun homicides (other) total

2014: 121
2012: 4
2011: 70
2010: 1
2009: 4
2008: 2
2007: 2
2006: 8
2005: 3
2004: 9
2003: 7
2002: 6
2001: 3
2000: 5
1999: 6
1998: 4
1997: 3
1996: 4

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

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

2014: 0.0221
2012: 0.08
2011: 1.41
2010: 0.02
2009: 0.08
2008: 0.04
2007: 0.04
2006: 0.17
2005: 0.06
2004: 0.20
2003: 0.15
2002: 0.13
2001: 0.07
2000: 0.11
1999: 0.13
1998: 0.09
1997: 0.07
1996: 0.09

Suicides (any method)

ChartIn Norway, annual suicides by any means total

2014: 54828
2013: 553
2012: 514
2011: 598
2010: 547
2008: 50536
2007: 485
2006: 532
2005: 533
2004: 529
2003: 502
2002: 494
2001: 549
2000: 541
1999: 583
1998: 548
1997: 533
1996: 517

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

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

2014: 10.6528
2013: 10.87
2012: 10.24
2011: 12.07
2010: 11.18
2008: 10.595
2007: 10.30
2006: 11.41
2005: 11.52
2004: 11.52
2003: 10.99
2002: 10.88
2001: 12.16
2000: 12.037
1999: 13.1
1998: 12.4
1997: 12.1
1996: 11.8
1995: 12.6
1994: 12.2
1993: 13.7
1992: 14.4
1991: 15.8

Male Suicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn Norway, annual male suicides by any means total

2014: 40128
2013: 377
2012: 368
2011: 434
2010: 383

Female Suicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn Norway, annual female suicides by any means total

2014: 14728
2013: 176
2012: 146
2011: 164
2010: 164

Gun Suicides

ChartIn Norway, annual firearm suicides total

2014: 5822
2013: 70
2012: 8222 24
2011: 6922
2010: 84
2009: 97
2008: 85
2007: 62
2006: 87
2005: 80
2004: 89
2003: 101
2002: 89
2001: 103
2000: 108
1999: 114
1998: 98
1997: 127
1996: 125

Rate of Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

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

2014: 1.1328
2013: 1.38
2012: 1.63
2011: 1.39
2010: 1.72
2009: 2.01
2008: 1.78
2007: 1.32
2006: 1.87
2005: 1.73
2004: 1.94
2003: 2.21
2002: 1.96
2001: 2.28
2000: 2.42
1999: 2.55
1998: 2.21
1997: 2.88
1996: 2.85
1993: 3.9538

Male Gun Suicide Victims

ChartIn Norway, annual male firearm suicides total

2014: 5728
2013: 68
2012: 78
2011: 66
2010: 82

Female Gun Suicide Victims

ChartIn Norway, annual female firearm suicides total

2014: 128
2013: 2
2012: 4
2011: 3
2010: 2

Handgun Suicides

ChartIn Norway, annual handgun suicides total

2014: 422
2013: 6
2012: 5
2011: 7
2010: 7
2009: 4
2008: 10
2007: 4
2006: 6
2005: 6
2004: 6
2003: 5
2002: 12
2001: 12
2000: 20
1999: 19
1998: 15
1997: 17
1996: 22

Rate of Handgun Suicide per 100,000 People

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

2014: 0.0822
2013: 0.12
2012: 0.10
2011: 0.14
2010: 0.14
2009: 0.08
2008: 0.21
2007: 0.08
2006: 0.13
2005: 0.13
2004: 0.13
2003: 0.11
2002: 0.26
2001: 0.27
2000: 0.45
1999: 0.43
1998: 0.34
1997: 0.39
1996: 0.50

Long Gun Suicides

ChartIn Norway, the number of long gun suicides is

2014: 2022
2013: 23
2012: 21
2011: 14
2010: 11
2009: 15
2008: 20
2007: 21
2006: 19
2005: 29
2004: 38
2003: 46
2002: 46
2001: 54
2000: 58
1999: 62
1998: 54
1997: 67
1996: 63

Rate of Long Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

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

2014: 0.3922
2013: 0.45
2012: 0.42
2011: 0.28
2010: 0.23
2009: 0.31
2008: 0.42
2007: 0.45
2006: 0.41
2005: 0.63
2004: 0.83
2003: 1.01
2002: 1.01
2001: 1.20
2000: 1.30
1999: 1.39
1998: 1.22
1997: 1.52
1996: 1.44

Gun Suicides (Other)

ChartIn Norway, annual gun suicides (other) total

2014: 3422
2013: 41
2012: 56
2011: 48
2010: 66
2009: 78
2008: 55
2007: 37
2006: 62
2005: 45
2004: 45
2003: 50
2002: 31
2001: 37
2000: 30
1999: 33
1998: 29
1997: 43
1996: 40

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

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

2014: 0.6622
2013: 0.81
2012: 1.12
2011: 0.97
2010: 1.35
2009: 1.62
2008: 1.15
2007: 0.79
2006: 1.33
2005: 0.97
2004: 0.98
2003: 1.10
2002: 0.68
2001: 0.82
2000: 0.67
1999: 0.74
1998: 0.65
1997: 0.98
1996: 0.91

Unintentional Gun Deaths

ChartIn Norway, annual unintentional shooting deaths total

2014: 028
2013: 0
2012: 123 24
2011: 223
2010: 1
2009: 1
2007: 3
2006: 1
2005: 2
1999: 2
1998: 2
1997: 2
1996: 4

Rate of Unintentional Gun Death per 100,000 People

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

2014: 028
2013: 0
2012: 0.02
2011: 0.04
2010: 0.02
2009: 0.02
2007: 0.06
2006: 0.02
2005: 0.04
1999: 0.04
1998: 0.05
1997: 0.05
1996: 0.09
1993: 0.1239

Unintentional Male Gun Deaths

ChartIn Norway, annual unintentional male shooting deaths total

2014: 028
2013: 0
2012: 1
2011: 2
2010: 1

Unintentional Female Gun Deaths

ChartIn Norway, annual unintentional female shooting deaths total

2014: 028
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0

Unintentional Handgun Deaths

ChartIn Norway, annual unintentional shooting deaths by handgun total

2005: 123
1999: 1
1998: 1

Rate of Unintentional Handgun Death per 100,000 People

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

2005: 0.0223
1999: 0.02
1998: 0.02

Unintentional Long Gun Deaths

ChartIn Norway, annual unintentional shooting deaths by long gun total

2012: 123
2011: 2
2009: 1
2007: 2
2006: 1
1999: 1
1997: 2
1996: 1

Rate of Unintentional Long Gun Death per 100,000 People

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

2012: 0.0223
2011: 0.04
2009: 0.02
2007: 0.04
2006: 0.02
1999: 0.02
1997: 0.05
1996: 0.02

Unintentional Gun Deaths (Other)

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

2010: 123
2007: 1
2005: 1
1998: 1
1996: 3

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

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

2010: 0.0223
2007: 0.02
2005: 0.02
1998: 0.02
1996: 0.07

Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

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

2014: 028
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2008: 026
2007: 3
2006: 1
2005: 2
2004: 026 27
2003: 0
2002: 0
2001: 026
2000: 026 27
1999: 226
1998: 226 27
1997: 226
1996: 4
1995: 6
1994: 6
1993: 9
1992: 9
1991: 11

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

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

2008: 0.005
2007: 0.06
2006: 0.02
2005: 0.04
2004: 0.005 27
2003: 0.00
2002: 0.00
2001: 0.005
2000: 0.005 27
1999: 0.045
1998: 0.055 27
1997: 0.055
1996: 0.09
1995: 0.14
1994: 0.14
1993: 0.21
1992: 0.21
1991: 0.26

Male Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

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

2014: 028
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0

Female Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

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

2014: 028
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0

Handgun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

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

2003: 127
2000: 1

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

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

2003: 0.0227
2000: 0.02

Long Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

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

2004: 127

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

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

2004: 0.0227

Gun Deaths (Other) from Undetermined Cause

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

2004: 127
2003: 1
2002: 1
1998: 1

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

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

2004: 0.0227
2003: 0.02
2002: 0.02
1998: 0.02

ProductionGun Industry

Regulation of Firearm Makers

In Norway, the manufacture of small arms, ammunition and/or their components is permitted only if the maker holds a valid licence40 41 42 43

Small Arms Manufacture - World Ranking

In a classification of the world's small, medium and major firearm manufacturers, Norway was ranked 'small'44

TransfersGun Trade and Trafficking

Firearm Exports

In Norway, firearm and ammunition exports are limited by transfer control law45 46 47 48 49 50 51

Firearm Exports (Number)

ChartThe annual number of firearms exported from Norway is reported by manufacturers to be

2016: 152
2015: 4
2014: 3
2012: 3,828
2011: 59
2010: 4
2009: 10
2008: 3
2007: 276
2006: 1,050

Small Arms Exports (US$) - Customs

ChartThe annual value of small arms and ammunition exports from Norway is reported by Customs to be US$

2016: 122,598,29453
2015: 196,382,802
2014: 121,856,290
2013: 128,270,029
2012: 242,284,29353 54 55
2011: 72,557,91256
2010: 42,000,00057
2001: 15,000,00054 58 59

Small Arms Exports - World Ranking

In a comparison of the world's major/mid-level/minor/unknown small arms exporters, Norway was categorized as 'major'60 61 62 59 63

Firearm Imports

In Norway, firearm and ammunition imports are limited by transfer control law45 46 47 48

Firearm Imports (Number)

ChartThe annual number of firearms imported to Norway is reported to be

2017: 58964
2016: 1,346
2015: 772
2014: 3,291
2013: 11,227
2012: 6,332
2011: 2,536
2010: 2,798
2009: 14,539
2008: 18,740
2007: 6,308
2006: 386

Small Arms Imports (US$) - Customs

ChartThe annual value of small arms and ammunition imports to Norway is reported by Customs to be US$

2016: 134,575,01153
2015: 133,089,292
2014: 225,189,412
2013: 234,461,091
2012: 261,141,76553 65 66
2011: 124,745,86556 67
2010: 75,000,00068

Smuggling Guns and Ammunition

Reports suggest that the level of firearm and ammunition smuggling in Norway is low7

Regulation of Arms Brokers

In Norway, the activities of arms brokers and transfer intermediaries are specifically regulated by law69 70 71 72

End User Certificates

Customs regulations in Norway include47 73 51 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, Norway scored

2016: 15.2574
2014: 17.2575
2013: 15.0076
2012: 15.2577
2011: 16.2578
2010: 16.5079
2009: 16.7580
2008: 15.5081
2007: 17.0082
2006: 11.7583
2005: 11.7584
2004: 11.2585

MeasuresGun Regulation

Firearm Regulation - Guiding Policy

The regulation of guns in Norway is categorised as restrictive86

Firearm Law

Guiding gun control legislation in Norway includes the Firearms and Ammunition Act 196187 and the Våpenforskriften (Weapon Regulations) of July 200888

Right to Possess Firearms

In Norway, the right to private gun ownership is not guaranteed by law89 90 91

Restricted Firearms and Ammunition

Regulation of Automatic Weapons

In Norway, private possession of fully automatic weapons is permitted under licence91 35

Regulation of Semiautomatic Assault Weapons

In Norway, private possession of semi-automatic assault weapons is permitted under licence91

Regulation of Handguns

In Norway, private possession of handguns (pistols and revolvers) is permitted under licence92 93 35

Law Regulates Long Guns

In Norway, civilian possession of rifles and shotguns is regulated by law35

Gun Ownership and Possession

In Norway, only licensed gun owners94 35 may lawfully acquire, possess or transfer a firearm or ammunition

Genuine Reason Required for Firearm Possession

Applicants for a gun owner’s licence in Norway are required to establish a genuine reason to possess a firearm, for example hunting, target shooting, collection, personal protection, security94 7

Minimum Age for Firearm Possession

The minimum age for gun ownership in Norway is 16 years with special consent, 18 or 21 years for particular firearms95

Gun Owner Background Checks

An applicant for a firearm licence in Norway must pass a background check which considers criminal and mental health94 35 records

Reference Required for Firearm Licence

In Norway, third party character references for each gun licence applicant are not required7

Domestic Violence and Firearms

Where a past history, or apprehended likelihood of family violence exists, the law in Norway does not stipulate91 that a gun licence should be denied or revoked

Firearm Safety Training

In Norway, an understanding of firearm safety and the law, tested in a theoretical and/or practical training course is required7 for a firearm licence

Limit on Number of Guns

Licensed firearm owners in Norway are permitted to possess any number of firearms91

Limit on Quantity, Type of Ammunition

Licensed firearm owners in Norway are permitted to possess any quantity of ammunition91

Firearm Registration

Civilian Gun Registration

In Norway, the law requires96 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 Norway, licensed firearm dealers are not required91 to keep a record of each firearm or ammunition purchase, sale or transfer on behalf of a regulating authority

Gun Manufacturer Record Keeping

In Norway, licensed gun makers are required42 to keep a record of each firearm produced, for inspection by a regulating authority

State-Owned Firearm Records

In Norway, State agencies are required96 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 Norway, the private sale and transfer of firearms is prohibited97

Regulation of Dealer Gun Sales

In Norway, dealing in firearms by way of business without a valid gun dealer’s licence is unlawful97

Waiting Period for Gun Possession

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

Regulation of Gun Shows

In Norway, 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 Norway include98 88 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 Norway do not include91 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition by licensed arms dealers

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Government

Government regulations in Norway include99 88 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition by state entities

Firearm and Ammunition Transport Regulations

Regulations in Norway include100 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition while in transit

Marking and Tracing Guns and Ammunition

Firearm Marking

In Norway, a unique identifying mark on each firearm is required by law42 101 102 103 104

Firearm Tracing

In Norway, state authorities carry out105 103 recognised arms tracing and tracking procedures

Ballistic Record of Firearms and Ammunition

In Norway, the ballistic characteristics of each civilian firearm and its ammunition are not91 recorded in a register

Carrying Guns

Carrying Guns Openly in Public

In Norway, carrying a firearm in plain view in a public place is prohibited100 35

Carrying Hidden Handguns in Public

In Norway, carrying a concealed firearm in a public place is prohibited100 35

Penalty for Illicit Firearm Possession

In Norway, the maximum penalty for unlawful possession of a firearm106 is up to three months in prison107

Collection, Amnesty and Destruction Programmes

Authorities in Norway are known to have108 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 Norway, the number of firearms voluntarily surrendered in recent arms amnesty and collection programmes is reported to be 35,000108 (2003-04)

Small Arms Destroyed

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

2015: 11,947109
2014: 22,236
2013: 10,468110 111
2012: 13,083
2011: 22,218112 113

Destruction and Disposal Policy

In Norway, it is state policy114 115 to destroy surplus, collected and seized firearms rather than return them to the secondary arms market

MeasuresInternational Controls

Regional Agreements

United Nations Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice

The UNCCPCJ, a subsidiary body of the Economic and Social Council mandated to promote action to prevent national and transnational crime, lists116 Norway as an elected member

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 2006117 by Norway.

United Nations Arms Trade Treaty

The United Nations Arms Trade Treaty has been signed and ratified118 by Norway

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 ratified119 by Norway

United Nations Small Arms Programme of Action UNPoA

UNPoA Commitment

On 21 July 2001, Norway 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 Aspects120

UNPoA Implementation Monitor Score

In its UN small arms Programme of Action Implementation Monitor (PoAIM Phase 1), the Small Arms Survey scored Norway against its commitments to the PoA, then ranked it at No. 8121 122 123 124 among 159 Member States

UNPoA National Reporting

Under the terms of its 2001 commitment to the United Nations small arms Programme of Action, Norway has submitted one or more national reports125 71 on its implementation of the UNPoA

UNPoA National Point of Contact

In Norway, a National Point of Contact to deal with issues relating to the UNPoA has been designated126 71

UNPoA National Coordinating Body

In Norway, a National Coordinating Body to deal with issues relating to the UNPoA has been designated126

UNPoA Civil Society Involvement and Support

In National Reports of Norway submitted to the UN from 2001 to 2010, a history of substantive cooperation with civil society in support of UNPoA activities was apparent71 127

UNPoA International Assistance – Donor

Funds for UNPoA implementation have been donated71 by Norway to other UN Member States

United Nations Small Arms Register

According to the United Nations Register of Conventional Arms, Norway has declared128 its small arms exports in one or more annual National Reports on Arms Exports.

United Nations Membership

In the UN List of Member States, Norway has been a Member State of the United Nations since 1945129

Wassenaar Arrangement

The Wassenaar Arrangement on Export Controls and Conventional Arms and Dual-Use Goods and Technologies lists130 Norway as a Participating State

BackgroundCountry Profile

Conflict Profile

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

Global Peace Index

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


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