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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 Poland is 510,0001

Rate of Civilian Firearm Possession per 100 Population

The estimated rate of private gun ownership (both licit and illicit) in Poland is 1.31 firearms per 100 people

Number of Privately Owned Rifles

In Poland, the number of rifles in civilian possession is reported to be 179,1182

Number of Privately Owned Handguns

In Poland, the number of handguns in civilian possession is reported to be 12,7162

Number of Privately Owned Firearms - World Ranking

In a 2007 comparison of the number of privately owned guns in 178 countries, Poland ranked at No. 783

Rate of Privately Owned Firearms per 100 Population - World Ranking

In a 2007 comparison of the rate of private gun ownership in 178 countries, Poland ranked at No. 1421

Proportion of Households with Firearms

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

2004/05: 4.4%4
1999/2003: 3.7%
1995/98: 4.7%
1992/94: 2.5%

Proportion of Households with Handguns

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

2004/05: 0.9%4
1999/2003: 1.3%
1995/98: 1.0%
1992/94: 1.1%

Number of Licensed Firearm Owners

ChartThe number of licensed gun owners in Poland is reported to be

2014: 340,0005
1999: 131,2492

Rate of Licensed Firearm Owners per 100 Population

ChartThe rate of licensed firearm owners per 100 people in Poland is

2014: 0.896
1999: 0.34

Number of Registered Firearms

ChartThe number of registered guns in Poland is reported to be

2014: 500,0005
2005: 314,6411

Rate of Registered Firearms per 100 Population

ChartThe rate of registered guns per 100 people in Poland is

2014: 1.306
2005: 0.82

Estimated Number of Illicit Firearms

Unlawfully held guns cannot be counted, but in Poland there are estimated to be 300,000 to 500,0007

Government Guns

Number of Military Firearms

The defence forces of Poland are reported to have 2,000,0008 9 firearms

Number of Law Enforcement Firearms

Police in Poland are reported to have 139,25310 firearms

ImpactsDeath and Injury

Total Number of Gun Deaths

ChartIn Poland, annual deaths resulting from firearms total

2014: 9311 12 13 14
2013: 98
2012: 10411 12 13 14 15
2011: 9911 12 13 14
2010: 9816
2009: 11611 12 13 14
2008: 114
2007: 116
2006: 97
2005: 121
2004: 141
2003: 154
2002: 182
2001: 160
2000: 211
1999: 221

Rate of All Gun Deaths per 100,000 People

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

2014: 0.246
2013: 0.25
2012: 0.276 15
2011: 0.266
2010: 0.2616
2009: 0.306
2008: 0.30
2007: 0.30
2006: 0.25
2005: 0.31
2004: 0.37
2003: 0.40
2002: 0.47
2001: 0.41
2000: 0.55
1999: 0.57

Homicides (any method)

ChartIn Poland, annual homicides by any means total

2012: 31017
2011: 44918 19
2010: 436
2009: 493
2008: 460
2007: 525
2006: 49018 20
2005: 555
2004: 63318 21
2003: 662
2002: 71618 22
2001: 776
2000: 85518 23
1999: 1,82023
1998: 1,869
1997: 80724
1996: 873
1995: 853

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

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

2012: 0.817
2011: 1.218 19
2010: 1.1
2009: 1.3
2008: 1.218 19 25
2007: 1.4
2006: 1.318 20 25
2005: 1.5
2004: 1.718 21 25
2003: 1.7
2002: 1.918 22 25
2001: 2.0
2000: 2.218 23 25
1999: 4.7023 25
1998: 4.83
1997: 2.0924 25
1996: 2.26
1995: 2.21

Gun Homicides

ChartIn Poland, annual firearm homicides total

2014: 2111
2013: 25
2012: 2011 15
2011: 1611 18
2010: 9
2009: 1511 18 19
2008: 19
2007: 34
2006: 25
2005: 24
2004: 2611 19
2003: 47
2002: 74
2001: 58
2000: 7911
1999: 79
1998: 12123 19
1997: 10424
1996: 110
1995: 104

Rate of Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

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

2014: 0.0611
2013: 0.06
2012: 0.0511 15
2011: 0.0411 6
2010: 0.02
2009: 0.0411 6 19
2008: 0.05
2007: 0.09
2006: 0.07
2005: 0.06
2004: 0.0711 19
2003: 0.12
2002: 0.2
2001: 0.15
2000: 0.2111
1999: 0.2
1998: 0.3123 19
1997: 0.2724
1996: 0.28
1995: 0.27

Proportion of Homicides Committed With a Gun

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

2012: 4%17
2011: 5%18
2010: 7%
2009: 7%
2008: 7%
2007: 10%
2006: 10%
2005: 10%
2004: 10.6%19
2003: 14.5%
2002: 15.5%
2001: 16.9%
1998: 14.2%

Handgun Homicides

ChartIn Poland, annual handgun homicides total

2014: 211
2013: 8
2012: 5
2011: 3
2009: 1
2008: 6
2007: 5
2006: 4
2005: 4
2004: 2
2003: 3
2002: 12
2001: 5
2000: 11
1999: 21

Rate of Handgun Homicide per 100,000 People

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

2014: 0.0111
2013: 0.02
2012: 0.01
2011: 0.01
2009: 0.00
2008: 0.02
2007: 0.01
2006: 0.01
2005: 0.01
2004: 0.01
2003: 0.01
2002: 0.03
2001: 0.01
2000: 0.03
1999: 0.05

Long Gun Homicides

ChartIn Poland, annual long gun homicides total

2013: 211
2012: 3
2011: 1
2010: 1
2009: 3
2007: 4
2006: 2
2005: 2
2003: 4
2002: 1
2001: 3
2000: 6
1999: 1

Rate of Long Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

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

2013: 0.0111
2012: 0.01
2011: 0.00
2010: 0.00
2009: 0.01
2007: 0.01
2006: 0.01
2005: 0.01
2003: 0.01
2002: 0.00
2001: 0.01
2000: 0.02
1999: 0.00

Gun Homicides (Other)

ChartIn Poland, annual gun homicides (other) total

2014: 1911
2013: 15
2012: 12
2011: 12
2010: 8
2009: 11
2008: 13
2007: 25
2006: 19
2005: 18
2004: 24
2003: 40
2002: 61
2001: 50
2000: 62
1999: 57

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

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

2014: 0.0511
2013: 0.04
2012: 0.03
2011: 0.03
2010: 0.02
2009: 0.03
2008: 0.03
2007: 0.07
2006: 0.05
2005: 0.05
2004: 0.06
2003: 0.10
2002: 0.16
2001: 0.13
2000: 0.16
1999: 0.15

Suicides (any method)

In Poland, annual suicides by any means total

1996: 5,44626

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

In Poland, the annual rate of suicide by any means per 100,000 population is

1996: 14.1326

Gun Suicides

ChartIn Poland, annual firearm suicides total

2014: 3512
2013: 35
2012: 4212 15
2011: 3512
2010: 46
2009: 55
2008: 54
2007: 48
2006: 41
2005: 45
2004: 60
2003: 48
2002: 58
2001: 36
2000: 63
1999: 65

Rate of Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

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

2014: 0.0912
2013: 0.09
2012: 0.1112 15
2011: 0.0912
2010: 0.12
2009: 0.14
2008: 0.14
2007: 0.13
2006: 0.11
2005: 0.12
2004: 0.16
2003: 0.13
2002: 0.15
2001: 0.09
2000: 0.16
1999: 0.17

Handgun Suicides

ChartIn Poland, annual handgun suicides total

2014: 2012
2013: 15
2012: 15
2011: 8
2010: 16
2009: 11
2008: 17
2007: 12
2006: 10
2005: 14
2004: 17
2003: 13
2002: 21
2001: 9
2000: 13
1999: 16

Rate of Handgun Suicide per 100,000 People

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

2014: 0.0512
2013: 0.04
2012: 0.04
2011: 0.02
2010: 0.04
2009: 0.03
2008: 0.04
2007: 0.03
2006: 0.03
2005: 0.04
2004: 0.04
2003: 0.03
2002: 0.05
2001: 0.02
2000: 0.03
1999: 0.04

Long Gun Suicides

ChartIn Poland, the number of long gun suicides is

2014: 412
2013: 7
2012: 6
2011: 10
2010: 6
2009: 14
2008: 8
2007: 10
2006: 14
2005: 9
2004: 12
2003: 11
2002: 12
2001: 5
2000: 20
1999: 19

Rate of Long Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

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

2014: 0.0112
2013: 0.02
2012: 0.02
2011: 0.03
2010: 0.02
2009: 0.04
2008: 0.02
2007: 0.03
2006: 0.04
2005: 0.02
2004: 0.03
2003: 0.03
2002: 0.03
2001: 0.01
2000: 0.05
1999: 0.05

Gun Suicides (Other)

ChartIn Poland, annual gun suicides (other) total

2014: 1112
2013: 13
2012: 21
2011: 17
2010: 24
2009: 30
2008: 29
2007: 26
2006: 17
2005: 22
2004: 31
2003: 24
2002: 25
2001: 22
2000: 30
1999: 30

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

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

2014: 0.0312
2013: 0.03
2012: 0.05
2011: 0.04
2010: 0.06
2009: 0.08
2008: 0.08
2007: 0.07
2006: 0.04
2005: 0.06
2004: 0.08
2003: 0.06
2002: 0.07
2001: 0.06
2000: 0.08
1999: 0.08

Unintentional Gun Deaths

ChartIn Poland, annual unintentional shooting deaths total

2014: 1413
2013: 4
2012: 1413 15
2011: 1013
2010: 7
2009: 11
2008: 12
2007: 6
2006: 6
2005: 2
2004: 8
2003: 9
2002: 8
2001: 10
2000: 15
1999: 14

Rate of Unintentional Gun Death per 100,000 People

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

2014: 0.0413
2013: 0.01
2012: 0.0413 6
2011: 0.0313
2010: 0.02
2009: 0.03
2008: 0.03
2007: 0.02
2006: 0.02
2005: 0.01
2004: 0.02
2003: 0.02
2002: 0.02
2001: 0.03
2000: 0.04
1999: 0.04

Unintentional Handgun Deaths

ChartIn Poland, annual unintentional shooting deaths by handgun total

2012: 213
2011: 1
2010: 1
2009: 2
2008: 3
2007: 1
2006: 1
2004: 1
2003: 1
2002: 1
2001: 1
2000: 6
1999: 4

Rate of Unintentional Handgun Death per 100,000 People

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

2012: 0.0113
2011: 0.00
2010: 0.00
2009: 0.01
2008: 0.01
2007: 0.00
2006: 0.00
2004: 0.00
2003: 0.00
2002: 0.00
2001: 0.00
2000: 0.02
1999: 0.01

Unintentional Long Gun Deaths

ChartIn Poland, annual unintentional shooting deaths by long gun total

2014: 1213
2013: 1
2012: 8
2011: 1
2009: 3
2008: 2
2007: 2
2006: 2
2005: 1
2004: 6
2003: 5
2002: 2
2001: 5
2000: 4
1999: 6

Rate of Unintentional Long Gun Death per 100,000 People

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

2014: 0.0313
2013: 0.00
2012: 0.02
2011: 0.00
2009: 0.01
2008: 0.01
2007: 0.01
2006: 0.01
2005: 0.00
2004: 0.02
2003: 0.01
2002: 0.01
2001: 0.01
2000: 0.01
1999: 0.02

Unintentional Gun Deaths (Other)

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

2014: 213
2013: 3
2012: 4
2011: 8
2010: 6
2009: 6
2008: 7
2007: 3
2006: 3
2005: 1
2004: 1
2003: 3
2002: 5
2001: 4
2000: 5
1999: 4

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

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

2014: 0.0113
2013: 0.01
2012: 0.01
2011: 0.02
2010: 0.02
2009: 0.02
2008: 0.02
2007: 0.01
2006: 0.01
2005: 0.00
2004: 0.00
2003: 0.01
2002: 0.01
2001: 0.01
2000: 0.01
1999: 0.01

Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

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

2014: 2314
2013: 34
2012: 2814 15
2011: 3814
2010: 36
2009: 35
2008: 29
2007: 28
2006: 25
2005: 50
2004: 47
2003: 50
2002: 42
2001: 56
2000: 54
1999: 63

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

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

2014: 0.0614
2013: 0.09
2012: 0.0714 6
2011: 0.1014
2010: 0.09
2009: 0.09
2008: 0.08
2007: 0.07
2006: 0.07
2005: 0.13
2004: 0.12
2003: 0.13
2002: 0.11
2001: 0.15
2000: 0.14
1999: 0.16

Handgun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

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

2014: 514
2013: 1
2012: 5
2011: 3
2010: 3
2009: 10
2008: 6
2007: 4
2006: 3
2004: 2
2003: 4
2002: 2
2001: 8
2000: 4
1999: 9

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

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

2014: 0.0114
2013: 0.00
2012: 0.01
2011: 0.01
2010: 0.01
2009: 0.03
2008: 0.02
2007: 0.01
2006: 0.01
2004: 0.01
2003: 0.01
2002: 0.01
2001: 0.02
2000: 0.01
1999: 0.02

Long Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn Poland, annual deaths by long gun in which the cause remains undecided total

2014: 314
2013: 3
2012: 3
2011: 6
2010: 5
2009: 5
2008: 3
2007: 4
2006: 1
2005: 6
2004: 6
2003: 9
2002: 6
2001: 8
2000: 9
1999: 3

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

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

2014: 0.0114
2013: 0.01
2012: 0.01
2011: 0.02
2010: 0.01
2009: 0.01
2008: 0.01
2007: 0.01
2006: 0.00
2005: 0.02
2004: 0.02
2003: 0.02
2002: 0.02
2001: 0.02
2000: 0.02
1999: 0.01

Gun Deaths (Other) from Undetermined Cause

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

2014: 1514
2013: 30
2012: 20
2011: 29
2010: 28
2009: 20
2008: 20
2007: 20
2006: 21
2005: 44
2004: 39
2003: 37
2002: 34
2001: 40
2000: 41
1999: 51

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

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

2014: 0.0414
2013: 0.08
2012: 0.05
2011: 0.08
2010: 0.07
2009: 0.05
2008: 0.05
2007: 0.05
2006: 0.06
2005: 0.12
2004: 0.10
2003: 0.10
2002: 0.09
2001: 0.10
2000: 0.11
1999: 0.13

ProductionGun Industry

Regulation of Firearm Makers

In Poland, the manufacture of small arms, ammunition and/or their components is permitted only if the maker holds a valid licence27 28 29

Small Arms Manufacture - World Ranking

In a classification of the world's small, medium and major firearm manufacturers, Poland was ranked 'medium'30

TransfersGun Trade and Trafficking

Firearm Exports

In Poland, firearm and ammunition exports are limited by transfer control law31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39

Small Arms Exports (US$) - Customs

The annual value of small arms and ammunition exports from Poland is reported by Customs to be US$12,856,51640 (2011)41

Small Arms Exports - World Ranking

In a comparison of the world's major/mid-level/minor/unknown small arms exporters, Poland was categorized as 'major'42 43 44

Firearm Imports

In Poland, firearm and ammunition imports are limited by transfer control law31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38

Small Arms Imports (US$) - Customs

The annual value of small arms and ammunition imports to Poland is reported by Customs to be US$49,497,19840 (2011)45 46 47 48

Smuggling Guns and Ammunition

Reports suggest that the level of firearm and ammunition smuggling in Poland is moderate2

Regulation of Arms Brokers

In Poland, the activities of arms brokers and transfer intermediaries are specifically regulated by law49 34 50 51

End User Certificates

Customs regulations in Poland include32 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, Poland scored

2016: 16.5052
2014: 14.2553
2013: 14.2554
2012: 12.7555
2011: 15.0056
2010: 14.0057
2009: 13.2558
2008: 13.7559
2007: 13.2560
2006: 12.0061
2005: 13.7562
2004: 9.0063

MeasuresGun Regulation

Firearm Regulation - Guiding Policy

The regulation of guns in Poland is categorised as restrictive64

Firearm Law

Guiding gun control legislation in Poland includes the Law of May 21, 1999 on arms and ammunition,65 the Law of June 22, 2001 on economic activity in the sphere of manufacturing of and trade in explosives, arms, ammunition and technology of military or police use,29 the Council Directive of 18 June 1991 on Control of the Acquisition and Possession of Weapons,66 67 the European Union Firearms Regulation of 2012 and the Common Position on the Control of Arms Brokering of 200368

Firearm Regulation Authority

Guns in Poland are regulated by the European Commission67

Right to Possess Firearms

In Poland, the right to private gun ownership is not guaranteed by law69 70

Restricted Firearms and Ammunition

In Poland, civilians are not allowed to possess automatic firearms, firearms disguised as other objects, and armour-piercing, incendiary and expanding ammunition71 72

Regulation of Automatic Weapons

In Poland, private possession of fully automatic weapons is prohibited71 72 17

Regulation of Semiautomatic Assault Weapons

In Poland, private possession of semi-automatic assault weapons is permitted only with special authorisation73 74 72

Regulation of Handguns

In Poland, private possession of handguns (pistols and revolvers) is permitted only with special authorisation, for hunting, shooting and protection only71 73 74 72 17

Law Regulates Long Guns

In Poland, civilian possession of rifles and shotguns is regulated by law17

Gun Ownership and Possession

In Poland, only licensed gun owners75 71 73 5 17 may lawfully acquire, possess or transfer a firearm or ammunition

Genuine Reason Required for Firearm Possession

Applicants for a gun owner’s licence in Poland are required to establish a genuine reason to possess a firearm, for example hunting, target shooting, personal protection, security76 5

Minimum Age for Firearm Possession

The minimum age for gun ownership in Poland is 18 years76

Gun Owner Background Checks

An applicant for a firearm licence in Poland must pass a background check which considers criminal, mental health and domestic violence76 5 17 records

Domestic Violence and Firearms

Where a past history, or apprehended likelihood of family violence exists, the law in Poland stipulates2 that a gun licence should be denied or revoked

Firearm Safety Training

In Poland, an understanding of firearm safety and the law, tested in a theoretical and/or practical training course is required2 for a firearm licence

Licensing Records

In Poland, authorities maintain a record2 of individual civilians licensed to acquire, possess, sell or transfer a firearm or ammunition

Limit on Quantity, Type of Ammunition

Licensed firearm owners in Poland are permitted to possess only ammunition suitable for the intended firearm77

Firearm Registration

Civilian Gun Registration

In Poland, the law requires78 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 Poland, licensed firearm dealers are required79 78 to keep a record of each firearm or ammunition purchase, sale or transfer on behalf of a regulating authority

Gun Manufacturer Record Keeping

In Poland, licensed gun makers are required28 to keep a record of each firearm produced, for inspection by a regulating authority

State-Owned Firearm Records

In Poland, State agencies are required80 81 82 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 Poland, dealing in firearms by way of business without a valid gun dealer’s licence is unlawful83 74

Storage and Transport of Guns and Ammunition

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Private

Firearm regulations in Poland include2 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 Poland include80 81 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition by state entities

Firearm and Ammunition Transport Regulations

Regulations in Poland include2 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition while in transit

Marking and Tracing Guns and Ammunition

Firearm Marking

In Poland, a unique identifying mark on each firearm is required by law84 32 85

Firearm Tracing

In Poland, state authorities do not carry out86 85 78 recognised arms tracing and tracking procedures

Carrying Guns

Law Regulates Firearms in Public

In Poland, carrying a gun in a public place is regulated by law17

Carrying Guns Openly in Public

In Poland, carrying a firearm in plain view in a public place is allowed without a permit2

Collection, Amnesty and Destruction Programmes

Firearms Surrendered and Seized

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

2013: 1,56787
2012: 1,850
2011: 1,577
2010: 2,269

Destruction and Disposal Policy

In Poland, it is not state policy88 81 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, Poland 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 Parliament89 90

European Union Export Reporting

Under the European Union Common Position on Arms Exports, Poland 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 Poland has submitted one or more national reports91 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 not signed92 by Poland.

United Nations Arms Trade Treaty

The United Nations Arms Trade Treaty has been signed and ratified93 by Poland

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 ratified94 by Poland

United Nations Small Arms Programme of Action UNPoA

UNPoA Commitment

On 21 July 2001, Poland 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 Aspects95

UNPoA Implementation Monitor Score

In its UN small arms Programme of Action Implementation Monitor (PoAIM Phase 1), the Small Arms Survey scored Poland against its commitments to the PoA, then ranked it at No. 1596 97 98 99 among 159 Member States

UNPoA National Reporting

Under the terms of its 2001 commitment to the United Nations small arms Programme of Action, Poland has submitted one or more national reports100 101 on its implementation of the UNPoA

UNPoA National Point of Contact

In Poland, a National Point of Contact to deal with issues relating to the UNPoA has been designated102 101

UNPoA National Coordinating Body

In Poland, a National Coordinating Body to deal with issues relating to the UNPoA has not been designated102 101

UNPoA Civil Society Involvement and Support

In National Reports of Poland submitted to the UN from 2001 to 2010, a history of substantive cooperation with civil society in support of UNPoA activities was not apparent102 101

UNPoA International Assistance – Donor

Funds for UNPoA implementation have been donated101 by Poland to other UN Member States

United Nations Small Arms Register

According to the United Nations Register of Conventional Arms, Poland has declared103 its small arms exports in one or more annual National Reports on Arms Exports.

United Nations Membership

In the UN List of Member States, Poland has been a Member State of the United Nations since 1945104

Wassenaar Arrangement

The Wassenaar Arrangement on Export Controls and Conventional Arms and Dual-Use Goods and Technologies lists105 Poland as a Participating State

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