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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 Paraguay is 1,000,0001 2 3

Rate of Civilian Firearm Possession per 100 Population

The estimated rate of private gun ownership (both licit and illicit) per 100 people in Paraguay is 15.41 3

Number of Privately Owned Firearms - World Ranking

In a 2007 comparison of the number of privately owned guns in 178 countries, Paraguay ranked at No. 464

Rate of Privately Owned Firearms per 100 Population - World Ranking

In a 2007 comparison of the rate of private gun ownership in 178 countries, Paraguay ranked at No. 373

Number of Registered Firearms

ChartThe number of registered guns in Paraguay is reported to be

2010: 288,8875
2007: 333,4606
2006: 330,0007
2005: 316,0938
2003: 300,9065 9

Rate of Registered Firearms per 100 Population

ChartThe rate of registered guns per 100 people in Paraguay is

2010: 4.5310
2007: 5.45
2006: 5.707
2005: 5.58
2003: 5.2510

Estimated Number of Illicit Firearms

Unlawfully held guns cannot be counted, but in Paraguay there are estimated to be 650,0006 2 9 to 1,000,0008

Estimated Rate of Illicit Firearms per 100 Population

Unlawfully held guns cannot be counted, but in Paraguay the rate of illicit firearms per 100 people is estimated to be 10.6310 to 16.88

Government Guns

Number of Military Firearms

The defence forces of Paraguay are reported to have 194,00011 2 firearms

Number of Law Enforcement Firearms

Police in Paraguay are reported to have 26,00011 2 6 firearms

ImpactsDeath and Injury

Total Number of Gun Deaths

ChartIn Paraguay, annual deaths resulting from firearms total

2011: 41312
2009: 49613
2000: 45414 15

Rate of All Gun Deaths per 100,000 People

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

2011: 6.412
2009: 7.8810
2000: 8.38

Homicides (any method)

ChartIn Paraguay, annual homicides by any means total

2013: 60416
2012: 64916 17
2011: 657
2010: 74116 17 18 19
2009: 95316 17 18 19 20
2008: 833
2007: 90616 17 18 19 20 9
2006: 798
2005: 88716 17 18 19 20
2004: 1,209
2003: 1,28516 17 18 19
2002: 1,372
2001: 1,314
2000: 99516 17 18 19 14
1999: 63418 14
1998: 856

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

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

2013: 8.8816
2012: 9.6916 17
2011: 10.00
2010: 11.4716 17 18 19
2009: 15.0116 17 18 19 20
2008: 13.36
2007: 14.7916 17 18 19 20 21
2006: 13.27
2005: 15.0216 17 18 19 20 21 9
2004: 20.8716 17 18 19 20 21
2003: 22.6116 17 18 19 21
2002: 24.63
2001: 24.06
2000: 18.60
1999: 12.118 21
1998: 16.7
1997: 18.018
1996: 20.018 21
1995: 18.618

Gun Homicides

ChartIn Paraguay, annual firearm homicides total

2013: 38316
2012: 41816 17
2011: 40316 17 12
2010: 45916 17
2009: 46817 18 22
2008: 51617
2007: 478
2006: 58817 23 22
2005: 646
2000: 40414 22 15
1999: 40314
1998: 514

Rate of Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

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

2013: 5.7810
2012: 6.39
2011: 6.2410 12
2010: 7.2010 22
2009: 7.4410 18 22
2008: 8.3210
2007: 7.82
2006: 9.7710 23 22
2005: 10.90
2000: 7.3514 22 15
1999: 7.5214
1998: 9.85

Proportion of Homicides Committed With a Gun

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

2013: 63%16
2012: 64%16 17
2011: 61%
2010: 62%
2009: 57%
2008: 62%
2007: 61%
2006: 63%
2005: 60%
2000: 61.0%18
1999: 63.6%
1998: 60.0%

Suicides (any method)

ChartIn Paraguay, annual suicides by any means total

2009: 45724 25
2008: 374
2007: 392
2006: 427
2005: 419
2004: 406
2003: 313
2002: 357
2001: 289
2000: 28424 15

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

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

2009: 7.224
2008: 6.0
2007: 6.4
2006: 7.124 25
2005: 7.124
2004: 7.024 25
2003: 5.524
2002: 6.4
2001: 5.3
2000: 5.324 15

Gun Suicides

ChartIn Paraguay, annual firearm suicides total

2011: 5712
2009: 7313
2000: 3415

Rate of Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

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

2011: 0.912
2009: 1.1610
2000: 0.5815

Unintentional Gun Deaths

ChartIn Paraguay, annual unintentional shooting deaths total

2011: 1612
2009: 1913
2000: 1515

Rate of Unintentional Gun Death per 100,000 People

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

2011: 0.2510
2009: 0.30
2000: 0.2615

Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

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

2011: 1612
2009: 3313
2000: 115

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

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

2011: 0.2510
2009: 0.52
2000: 0.0215

ProductionGun Industry

Regulation of Firearm Makers

In Paraguay, the manufacture of small arms, ammunition and/or their components is permitted only if the maker holds a valid licence,26 27 28 29 but is not conducted in practice30 31

TransfersGun Trade and Trafficking

Firearm Exports

In Paraguay, firearm and ammunition exports are limited by transfer control law32 26 29 33 34 35 36

Small Arms Exports (US$) - Customs

The annual value of small arms and ammunition exports from Paraguay is reported by Customs to be US$124,83037 (2004)

Firearm Imports

In Paraguay, firearm and ammunition imports are limited by transfer control law32 26 29 33 34 35 30 36 38

Small Arms Imports (US$) - Customs

The annual value of small arms and ammunition imports to Paraguay is reported by Customs to be US$7,375,08137 (2011)39 40 41

Smuggling Guns and Ammunition

Reports suggest that the level of firearm and ammunition smuggling in Paraguay is high42 43 41

Regulation of Arms Brokers

In Paraguay, the activities of arms brokers and transfer intermediaries are specifically regulated by law44 32 26 29 36

End User Certificates

Customs regulations in Paraguay include45 34 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 Paraguay is categorised as restrictive46

Firearm Law

Guiding gun control legislation in Paraguay includes the Act No. 4036 of 2010 on Firearms, Ammunitions and Explosives47 and its Regulations38 48

Firearm Regulation Authority

Guns in Paraguay are regulated by the Department of Military Equipment (DIMABEL) and the Police49 50 35 51

Right to Possess Firearms

In Paraguay, the right to private gun ownership is not guaranteed by law52 53

Restricted Firearms and Ammunition

In Paraguay, civilians are not allowed to possess weapons intended for the exclusive use of state agencies for defence and security,47 54 55 automatic firearms, shotguns with a barrel of less than 470 mm, hand-made firearms, imitation or disguised firearms, and certain types of ammunition56

Regulation of Automatic Weapons

In Paraguay, private possession of fully automatic weapons is prohibited56

Law Regulates Long Guns

In Paraguay, civilian possession of rifles and shotguns is regulated by law56

Gun Ownership and Possession

In Paraguay, only licensed gun owners57 50 58 59 60 61 62 55 may lawfully acquire, possess or transfer a firearm or ammunition

Genuine Reason Required for Firearm Possession

Applicants for a gun owner’s licence in Paraguay are required to establish a genuine reason to possess a firearm, for example self-defence, collection or sport63 64 65

Minimum Age for Firearm Possession

The minimum age for gun ownership in Paraguay is 22 years66

Gun Owner Background Checks

An applicant for a firearm licence in Paraguay must pass a background check which considers criminal66 and mental health65 records

Reference Required for Firearm Licence

In Paraguay, third party character references for each gun licence applicant are not required67

Partner to be Advised or Interviewed

In Paraguay, licensing authorities are not required67 to conduct interviews with, or to advise an applicant's spouse, partner, or next of kin before issuing a gun licence

Domestic Violence and Firearms

Where a past history, or apprehended likelihood of family violence exists, the law in Paraguay does not stipulate67 that a gun licence should be denied or revoked

Firearm Safety Training

In Paraguay, an understanding of firearm safety and the law, tested in a theoretical and/or practical training course is required66 68 for a firearm licence

Gun Owner Licensing Period

In Paraguay, gun owners must re-apply and re-qualify for their firearm licence every three years59 60

Licensing Records

In Paraguay, authorities maintain a record69 63 70 35 51 of individual civilians licensed to acquire, possess, sell or transfer a firearm or ammunition

Limit on Number of Guns

Licensed firearm owners in Paraguay are permitted to possess one firearm per person when working for a private security and surveillance company71

Limit on Quantity, Type of Ammunition

Licensed firearm owners in Paraguay are permitted to possess any quantity of ammunition67

Firearm Registration

Civilian Gun Registration

In Paraguay, the law requires62 70 69 63 38 35 51 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 Paraguay, licensed firearm dealers are required29 35 69 51 to keep a record of each firearm or ammunition purchase, sale or transfer on behalf of a regulating authority

State-Owned Firearm Records

In Paraguay, State agencies are required72 73 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 Paraguay, the private sale and transfer of firearms is prohibited without an authorisation from the Executive Authority32 74 26

Regulation of Dealer Gun Sales

In Paraguay, dealing in firearms by way of business without a valid gun dealer’s licence is unlawful32 26 58 29

Waiting Period for Gun Possession

In Paraguay, the minimum wait for a lawful firearm purchase to be completed is undetermined67

Regulation of Gun Shows

In Paraguay, gun shows and temporary firearm dealing events are not regulated67 in law

Storage and Transport of Guns and Ammunition

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Private

Firearm regulations in Paraguay do not include67 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 Paraguay do not include67 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition by licensed arms dealers

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Government

Government regulations in Paraguay include73 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition by state entities

Firearm and Ammunition Transport Regulations

Regulations in Paraguay include75 76 48 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition while in transit

Marking and Tracing Guns and Ammunition

Firearm Marking

In Paraguay, a unique identifying mark on each firearm is required by law77 74 72 30 78

Firearm Tracing

In Paraguay, state authorities carry out79 70 26 80 35 30 78 recognised arms tracing and tracking procedures

Ballistic Record of Firearms and Ammunition

In Paraguay, the ballistic characteristics of each civilian firearm and its ammunition are not67 recorded in a register

Carrying Guns

Law Regulates Firearms in Public

In Paraguay, carrying a gun in a public place is permitted under licence81 82 50 58

Carrying Hidden Handguns in Public

In Paraguay, carrying a concealed firearm in a public place is allowed, subject to a valid permit81 82 50 58

Penalty for Illicit Firearm Possession

In Paraguay, the maximum penalty for unlawful possession of a firearm83 is five years in prison74 and/or a fine84 85

Collection, Amnesty and Destruction Programmes

Authorities in Paraguay are known to have38 86 87 implemented voluntary firearm surrender schemes, and/or weapon seizure programmes in order to reduce the number of illicit firearms in circulation

Firearms Surrendered and Seized

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

2015: 45188
2014: 465
2010: 3,00089

Small Arms Destroyed

In Paraguay, the number of firearms destroyed following amnesty, collection and seizure programmes is reported to be 13,63986 (date to be determined) and 2,61590 (2003)

Destruction and Disposal Policy

In Paraguay, it is state policy91 92 93 94 to destroy surplus, collected and seized firearms rather than return them to the secondary arms market

MeasuresInternational Controls

Regional Agreements

Organization of American States

On 14 November 1997, as a member of the Organisation of American States (OAS), Paraguay adopted the Inter-American Convention against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, Explosives, Ammunition and Other Related Materials (CIFTA), a legally binding multilateral treaty of which the OAS is depository. The CIFTA Convention has since been signed and ratified95 96 by Paraguay

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 not signed97 by Paraguay.

United Nations Arms Trade Treaty

The United Nations Arms Trade Treaty has been signed and ratified98 by Paraguay

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 ratified99 by Paraguay

United Nations Small Arms Programme of Action UNPoA

UNPoA Commitment

On 21 July 2001, Paraguay 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 Aspects100

UNPoA Implementation Monitor Score

In its UN small arms Programme of Action Implementation Monitor (PoAIM Phase 1), the Small Arms Survey scored Paraguay against its commitments to the PoA, then ranked it at No. 59101 102 103 104 among 159 Member States

UNPoA National Reporting

Under the terms of its 2001 commitment to the United Nations small arms Programme of Action, Paraguay has submitted one or more national reports105 106 on its implementation of the UNPoA

UNPoA National Point of Contact

In Paraguay, a National Point of Contact to deal with issues relating to the UNPoA has been designated106

UNPoA National Coordinating Body

In Paraguay, a National Coordinating Body to deal with issues relating to the UNPoA has been designated106

UNPoA Civil Society Involvement and Support

In National Reports of Paraguay submitted to the UN from 2001 to 2010, a history of substantive cooperation with civil society in support of UNPoA activities was apparent106

UNPoA International Assistance – Donor

Funds for UNPoA implementation have not been donated106 by Paraguay to other UN Member States

United Nations Small Arms Register

According to the United Nations Register of Conventional Arms, Paraguay has not declared107 its small arms exports in one or more annual National Reports on Arms Exports.

United Nations Membership

In the UN List of Member States, Paraguay has been a Member State of the United Nations since 1945108

Wassenaar Arrangement

The Wassenaar Arrangement on Export Controls and Conventional Arms and Dual-Use Goods and Technologies does not list109 Paraguay as a Participating State

BackgroundCountry Profile

Conflict Profile

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

Global Peace Index

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


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