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Civilian Guns

Number of Privately Owned Firearms

The estimated total number of guns (both licit and illicit) held by civilians in Serbia is 3,050,0001 2

Rate of Civilian Firearm Possession per 100 Population

The estimated rate of private gun ownership (both licit and illicit) per 100 people in Serbia is 37.821 3

Number of Privately Owned Rifles

In Serbia, the number of rifles in civilian possession is reported to be 449,3764

Number of Privately Owned Handguns

In Serbia, the number of handguns in civilian possession is reported to be 514,8705 to 543,0704

Number of Privately Owned Firearms - World Ranking

In a 2007 comparison of the number of privately owned guns in 178 countries, Serbia ranked at No. 256

Rate of Privately Owned Firearms per 100 Population - World Ranking

In a 2007 comparison of the rate of private gun ownership in 178 countries, Serbia ranked at No. 51

Proportion of Households with Handguns

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

2012: 11.9%7

Number of Licensed Firearm Owners

The number of licensed gun owners in Serbia is reported to be

2012: 874,0008

Rate of Licensed Firearm Owners per 100 Population

The rate of licensed firearm owners per 100 people in Serbia is

2012: 12.019

Number of Registered Firearms

ChartThe number of registered guns in Serbia is reported to be

2012: 1,200,0008
2008: 1,172,46810
2005: 1,056,3141

Rate of Registered Firearms per 100 Population

ChartThe rate of registered guns per 100 people in Serbia is

2012: 16.499
2008: 15.81
2005: 14.08

Estimated Number of Illicit Firearms

Unlawfully held guns cannot be counted, but in Serbia there are estimated to be 944,00011 12 13

Estimated Rate of Illicit Firearms per 100 Population

Unlawfully held guns cannot be counted, but in Serbia the rate of illicit firearms per 100 people is estimated to be 12.559

Number of Households with Firearms

In Serbia, the number of households containing one or more guns is reported to be

2012: 398,30114

Government Guns

Number of Military Firearms

The defence forces of Serbia are reported to have 789,00015 16 firearms

Number of Law Enforcement Firearms

Police in Serbia are reported to have 53,10017 firearms

ImpactsDeath and Injury

Total Number of Gun Deaths

ChartIn Serbia, annual deaths resulting from firearms total

2014: 25318 19 20 21
2013: 270
2012: 25418 19 20 21 22
2011: 26318 19 20 21
2010: 28423
2009: 28518 19 20 21
2008: 257
2007: 289
2006: 258
2005: 271
2004: 276
2003: 303
2002: 290
2001: 350
2000: 326
1999: 374
1998: 357

Rate of All Gun Deaths per 100,000 People

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

2014: 3.499
2013: 3.74
2012: 3.499 22
2011: 3.609
2010: 3.9023
2009: 3.869
2008: 3.47
2007: 3.88
2006: 3.45
2005: 3.61
2004: 3.67
2003: 4.02
2002: 3.84
2001: 4.64
2000: 4.29
1999: 4.87
1998: 4.65

Total Number of Male Gun Deaths

ChartIn Serbia, annual male deaths resulting from firearms total

2014: 22324
2013: 237
2012: 231
2011: 229
2010: 253

Total Number of Female Gun Deaths

ChartIn Serbia, annual female deaths resulting from firearms total

2014: 3024
2013: 34
2012: 23
2011: 34
2010: 31

Homicides (any method)

ChartIn Serbia, annual homicides by any means total

2012: 11125
2011: 13225 26 27
2010: 12325 26
2009: 14028 25
2008: 14025 26
2007: 20029 25 26
2006: 15430 25 26
2005: 16231 25 26
2004: 13832 25 26
2003: 17833 25 26
2002: 16434 25 26
2001: 218
2000: 22825 26
1999: 309
1998: 344

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

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

2012: 1.225
2011: 1.425 26 27
2010: 1.325 26
2009: 1.909 25
2008: 1.425 26
2007: 2.7029 25 26
2006: 2.0830 25 26
2005: 2.1831 25 26
2004: 1.8532 25 26
2003: 2.3633 25 26
2002: 2.1934 35 25 26
2001: 2.8234 25 26
2000: 2.225 26
1999: 3.026
1998: 3.4

Male Homicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn Serbia, annual male homicides by any means total

2015: 7036
2014: 82
2013: 95
2012: 82
2011: 91
2010: 88

Female Homicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn Serbia, annual female homicides by any means total

2015: 3036
2014: 3224
2013: 57
2012: 36
2011: 39
2010: 42

Gun Homicides

ChartIn Serbia, annual firearm homicides total

2014: 5118
2013: 75
2012: 4418 25 22
2011: 4918 25
2010: 45
2009: 6318 25 26
2008: 60
2007: 8518 29 25 26
2006: 6318 30 25 26
2005: 4818 31 25 26
2004: 4818 32
2003: 6718 33
2002: 6918 34
2001: 80
2000: 7718
1999: 93
1998: 102

Rate of Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

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

2014: 0.7218
2013: 1.05
2012: 0.6118 9 22
2011: 0.6818 9
2010: 0.62
2009: 0.8618 9 26
2008: 0.82
2007: 1.1518 29 9 26
2006: 0.8518 30 9 26
2005: 0.6518 31 9 26
2004: 0.6418 32
2003: 0.9018 33
2002: 0.9218 34
2001: 1.07
2000: 1.0218
1999: 1.23
1998: 1.35

Proportion of Homicides Committed With a Gun

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

2012: 12%25
2011: 20%25 27
2010: 28%25
2009: 31%
2008: 35%
2007: 25%
2006: 30%
2005: 25%

Male Gun Homicide Victims

ChartIn Serbia, annual male firearm homicides total

2015: 3924
2014: 39
2013: 51
2012: 32
2011: 36
2010: 33

Female Gun Homicide Victims

ChartIn Serbia, annual female firearm homicides total

2015: 1224
2014: 12
2013: 24
2012: 12
2011: 13
2010: 12

Handgun Homicides

ChartIn Serbia, annual handgun homicides total

2014: 2618
2013: 52
2012: 21
2011: 26
2010: 28
2009: 38
2008: 35
2007: 35
2006: 30
2005: 8
2004: 5
2003: 9
2002: 9
2001: 14
2000: 10
1999: 12
1998: 15

Rate of Handgun Homicide per 100,000 People

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

2014: 0.3618
2013: 0.73
2012: 0.29
2011: 0.36
2010: 0.38
2009: 0.52
2008: 0.48
2007: 0.47
2006: 0.40
2005: 0.11
2004: 0.07
2003: 0.12
2002: 0.12
2001: 0.19
2000: 0.13
1999: 0.16
1998: 0.20

Long Gun Homicides

ChartIn Serbia, annual long gun homicides total

2014: 818
2013: 8
2012: 5
2011: 9
2010: 2
2009: 5
2008: 2
2007: 12
2006: 7
2005: 2
2004: 1
2003: 5
2002: 2
2001: 1
2000: 4
1999: 10
1998: 11

Rate of Long Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

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

2014: 0.1118
2013: 0.11
2012: 0.07
2011: 0.12
2010: 0.03
2009: 0.07
2008: 0.03
2007: 0.16
2006: 0.09
2005: 0.03
2004: 0.01
2003: 0.07
2002: 0.03
2001: 0.01
2000: 0.05
1999: 0.13
1998: 0.15

Gun Homicides (Other)

ChartIn Serbia, annual gun homicides (other) total

2014: 1718
2013: 15
2012: 18
2011: 14
2010: 15
2009: 20
2008: 23
2007: 38
2006: 26
2005: 38
2004: 42
2003: 53
2002: 58
2001: 65
2000: 63
1999: 71
1998: 76

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

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

2014: 0.2418
2013: 0.21
2012: 0.25
2011: 0.19
2010: 0.21
2009: 0.27
2008: 0.31
2007: 0.51
2006: 0.35
2005: 0.51
2004: 0.56
2003: 0.71
2002: 0.77
2001: 0.87
2000: 0.84
1999: 0.94
1998: 1.00

Suicides (any method)

ChartIn Serbia, annual suicides by any means total

2009: 1,37628
2008: 1,290
2007: 1,35437
2006: 1,44438
2005: 1,44239
2004: 1,34640
2003: 1,38141
2002: 1,44942
2001: 1,443

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

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

2009: 18.659
2007: 18.3437
2006: 19.4838
2005: 19.3839
2004: 18.0340
2003: 18.3341
2002: 19.2842 35
2001: 18.6542

Male Suicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn Serbia, annual male suicides by any means total

2014: 85724
2013: 902
2012: 934
2011: 909
2010: 905

Female Suicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn Serbia, annual female suicides by any means total

2014: 27724
2013: 296
2012: 311
2011: 347
2010: 304

Gun Suicides

ChartIn Serbia, annual firearm suicides total

2014: 17219
2013: 175
2012: 17919 22
2011: 18519
2010: 205
2009: 189
2008: 166
2007: 180
2006: 177
2005: 184
2004: 158
2003: 195
2002: 159
2001: 208
2000: 192
1999: 213
1998: 189

Rate of Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

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

2014: 2.4119
2013: 2.44
2012: 2.4919 22
2011: 2.5519
2010: 2.81
2009: 2.58
2008: 2.26
2007: 2.44
2006: 2.39
2005: 2.47
2004: 2.12
2003: 2.61
2002: 2.12
2001: 2.77
2000: 2.55
1999: 2.82
1998: 2.5

Male Gun Suicide Victims

ChartIn Serbia, annual male firearm suicides total

2014: 15724
2013: 165
2012: 171
2011: 168
2010: 191

Female Gun Suicide Victims

ChartIn Serbia, annual female firearm suicides total

2014: 1524
2013: 10
2012: 8
2011: 17
2010: 14

Handgun Suicides

ChartIn Serbia, annual handgun suicides total

2014: 9519
2013: 112
2012: 91
2011: 105
2010: 125
2009: 129
2008: 100
2007: 101
2006: 93
2005: 56
2004: 19
2003: 31
2002: 29
2001: 28
2000: 27
1999: 32
1998: 26

Rate of Handgun Suicide per 100,000 People

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

2014: 1.3319
2013: 1.56
2012: 1.26
2011: 1.45
2010: 1.71
2009: 1.76
2008: 1.36
2007: 1.37
2006: 1.25
2005: 0.75
2004: 0.25
2003: 0.41
2002: 0.39
2001: 0.37
2000: 0.36
1999: 0.42
1998: 0.34

Long Gun Suicides

ChartIn Serbia, the number of long gun suicides is

2014: 3419
2013: 29
2012: 35
2011: 29
2010: 32
2009: 18
2008: 17
2007: 27
2006: 23
2005: 17
2004: 11
2003: 11
2002: 10
2001: 9
2000: 4
1999: 10
1998: 5

Rate of Long Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

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

2014: 0.4819
2013: 0.40
2012: 0.49
2011: 0.40
2010: 0.44
2009: 0.25
2008: 0.23
2007: 0.37
2006: 0.31
2005: 0.23
2004: 0.15
2003: 0.15
2002: 0.13
2001: 0.12
2000: 0.05
1999: 0.13
1998: 0.07

Gun Suicides (Other)

ChartIn Serbia, annual gun suicides (other) total

2014: 4319
2013: 34
2012: 53
2011: 51
2010: 48
2009: 42
2008: 49
2007: 52
2006: 61
2005: 111
2004: 128
2003: 153
2002: 120
2001: 171
2000: 161
1999: 171
1998: 158

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

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

2014: 0.6019
2013: 0.47
2012: 0.74
2011: 0.70
2010: 0.66
2009: 0.57
2008: 0.67
2007: 0.70
2006: 0.82
2005: 1.49
2004: 1.72
2003: 2.05
2002: 1.6
2001: 2.28
2000: 2.14
1999: 2.27
1998: 2.09

Unintentional Gun Deaths

ChartIn Serbia, annual unintentional shooting deaths total

2014: 320
2013: 2
2012: 1020 22
2011: 1020
2010: 13
2009: 11
2008: 15
2007: 9
2006: 6
2005: 9
2004: 2
2003: 2
2002: 2
2001: 9
2000: 10
1999: 5
1998: 5

Rate of Unintentional Gun Death per 100,000 People

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

2014: 0.0420
2013: 0.04
2012: 0.14
2011: 0.14
2010: 0.18
2009: 0.15
2008: 0.20
2007: 0.12
2006: 0.08
2005: 0.12
2004: 0.03
2003: 0.03
2002: 0.03
2001: 0.12
2000: 0.13
1999: 0.07
1998: 0.07

Unintentional Male Gun Deaths

ChartIn Serbia, annual unintentional male shooting deaths total

2014: 224
2013: 3
2012: 10
2011: 10
2010: 11

Unintentional Female Gun Deaths

ChartIn Serbia, annual unintentional female shooting deaths total

2014: 124
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 2

Unintentional Handgun Deaths

ChartIn Serbia, annual unintentional shooting deaths by handgun total

2013: 220
2012: 4
2011: 5
2010: 5
2009: 7
2008: 10
2007: 5
2006: 3
2005: 3
2001: 2
2000: 1
1999: 1
1998: 1

Rate of Unintentional Handgun Death per 100,000 People

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

2013: 0.0320
2012: 0.06
2011: 0.07
2010: 0.07
2009: 0.10
2008: 0.14
2007: 0.07
2006: 0.04
2005: 0.04
2001: 0.03
2000: 0.01
1999: 0.01
1998: 0.01

Unintentional Long Gun Deaths

ChartIn Serbia, annual unintentional shooting deaths by long gun total

2012: 520
2010: 3
2009: 2
2008: 3
2007: 3
2006: 1
2005: 1
2002: 2
2000: 1
1999: 2

Rate of Unintentional Long Gun Death per 100,000 People

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

2012: 0.0720
2010: 0.04
2009: 0.03
2008: 0.04
2007: 0.04
2006: 0.01
2005: 0.01
2002: 0.03
2000: 0.01
1999: 0.03

Unintentional Gun Deaths (Other)

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

2014: 320
2013: 1
2012: 1
2011: 5
2010: 5
2009: 2
2008: 2
2007: 1
2006: 2
2005: 5
2004: 2
2003: 2
2001: 7
2000: 8
1999: 2
1998: 4

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

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

2014: 0.0420
2013: 0.01
2012: 0.01
2011: 0.07
2010: 0.07
2009: 0.03
2008: 0.03
2007: 0.01
2006: 0.03
2005: 0.07
2004: 0.03
2003: 0.03
2001: 0.09
2000: 0.11
1999: 0.03
1998: 0.05

Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

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

2014: 2721
2013: 18
2012: 2121 22
2011: 1921
2010: 21
2009: 22
2008: 16
2007: 15
2006: 12
2005: 30
2004: 68
2003: 39
2002: 60
2001: 53
2000: 47
1999: 63
1998: 61

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

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

2014: 0.3821
2013: 0.25
2012: 0.29
2011: 0.26
2010: 0.29
2009: 0.30
2008: 0.22
2007: 0.20
2006: 0.16
2005: 0.40
2004: 0.91
2003: 0.52
2002: 0.80
2001: 0.71
2000: 0.63
1999: 0.84
1998: 0.81

Male Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

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

2014: 2524
2013: 18
2012: 18
2011: 15
2010: 18

Female Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

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

2014: 224
2013: 0
2012: 3
2011: 4
2010: 3

Handgun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

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

2014: 721
2013: 8
2012: 1
2011: 3
2010: 7
2009: 7
2008: 2
2007: 5
2006: 1
2005: 2
2003: 1
2002: 2
2001: 3
2000: 1
1999: 2
1998: 1

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

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

2014: 0.1021
2013: 0.11
2012: 0.01
2011: 0.04
2010: 0.10
2009: 0.10
2008: 0.03
2007: 0.07
2006: 0.01
2005: 0.03
2003: 0.01
2002: 0.03
2001: 0.04
2000: 0.01
1999: 0.03
1998: 0.01

Long Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

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

2014: 321
2013: 1
2012: 3
2011: 1
2010: 1
2009: 3
2008: 3
2007: 2
2005: 2
2001: 1

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

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

2014: 0.0421
2013: 0.01
2012: 0.04
2011: 0.01
2010: 0.01
2009: 0.04
2008: 0.04
2007: 0.03
2005: 0.03
2001: 0.01

Gun Deaths (Other) from Undetermined Cause

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

2014: 1721
2013: 9
2012: 17
2011: 15
2010: 13
2009: 12
2008: 11
2007: 8
2006: 11
2005: 26
2004: 68
2003: 38
2002: 58
2001: 49
2000: 46
1999: 61
1998: 60

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

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

2014: 0.2421
2013: 0.13
2012: 0.24
2011: 0.21
2010: 0.18
2009: 0.16
2008: 0.15
2007: 0.11
2006: 0.15
2005: 0.35
2004: 0.91
2003: 0.51
2002: 0.77
2001: 0.65
2000: 0.61
1999: 0.81
1998: 0.79

ProductionGun Industry

Regulation of Firearm Makers

In Serbia, the manufacture of small arms, ammunition and/or their components is permitted only if the maker holds a valid licence43 44 45 46 47

TransfersGun Trade and Trafficking

Firearm Exports

In Serbia, firearm and ammunition exports are limited by transfer control law48 49 50 51 52 2

Small Arms Exports (US$) - Customs

The annual value of small arms and ammunition exports from Serbia is reported by Customs to be US$34,965,52853 (2011)54 55

Small Arms Exports - World Ranking

In a comparison of the world's major/mid-level/minor/unknown small arms exporters, Serbia was categorized as 'major'56 57

Firearm Imports

In Serbia, firearm and ammunition imports are limited by transfer control law48 49 50 51 2

Small Arms Imports (US$) - Customs

The annual value of small arms and ammunition imports to Serbia is reported by Customs to be US$2,734,18153 (2011)

Smuggling Guns and Ammunition

Reports suggest that the level of firearm and ammunition smuggling in Serbia is moderate58 59 60 61 62 63

Regulation of Arms Brokers

In Serbia, the activities of arms brokers and transfer intermediaries are specifically regulated by law64 65 2

End User Certificates

Customs regulations in Serbia include48 2 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, Serbia scored

2016: 19.0066
2014: 19.5067
2013: 19.7568
2012: 18.7569
2011: 18.5070
2010: 17.0071
2009: 16.5072
2008: 16.5073
2007: 9.2574
2006: 9.2575
2005: 1.5076

MeasuresGun Regulation

Firearm Regulation - Guiding Policy

The regulation of guns in Serbia is categorised as restrictive77

Firearm Law

Guiding gun control legislation in Serbia includes the Law on Weapons and Ammunition,78 the Law on Testing, Marking and Labeling Firearms and Ammunition,79 the Law on Trade in Arms, Military Equipment and Dual Purpose Goods2 44 and the Law on Export and Import of Arms and Military Equipment48

Firearm Regulation Authority

Guns in Serbia are regulated by the Ministry of Interior80 81 and the Small Arms and Light Weapons Council, made up of multiple Ministries including the Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Defense, Ministry of Economy and Regional Development, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Finances, Ministry of Justice, and Ministry of Health82 83 and the Ministry of International Economic Relations2

Right to Possess Firearms

In Serbia, the right to private gun ownership is not guaranteed by law84 85 86 87

Restricted Firearms and Ammunition

In Serbia, civilians are not allowed to possess long automatic firearms, short automatic and combined firearms and special weapons if not otherwise stipulated by the Act, silencers, or infra-red sighting devices88

Regulation of Automatic Weapons

In Serbia, private possession of fully automatic weapons is prohibited88 27

Regulation of Semiautomatic Assault Weapons

In Serbia, private possession of semi-automatic assault weapons is prohibited, with the exception of approved hunting rifles88

Regulation of Handguns

In Serbia, private possession of handguns (pistols and revolvers) is permitted under licence89 27

Law Regulates Long Guns

In Serbia, civilian possession of rifles and shotguns is regulated by law89 88 27

Gun Ownership and Possession

In Serbia, only licensed gun owners90 81 27 may lawfully acquire, possess or transfer a firearm or ammunition

Genuine Reason Required for Firearm Possession

Applicants for a gun owner’s licence in Serbia are required to establish a genuine reason to possess a firearm, for example self-defence, hunting, target shooting, collection, and certain employment-related reasons89 91 92 93

Minimum Age for Firearm Possession

The minimum age for gun ownership in Serbia is undefined90

Gun Owner Background Checks

An applicant for a firearm licence in Serbia must pass a background check which considers criminal, medical and other various90 27 records

Reference Required for Firearm Licence

In Serbia, third party character references for each gun licence applicant are not required87 86

Domestic Violence and Firearms

Where a past history, or apprehended likelihood of family violence exists, the law in Serbia does not stipulate87 86 that a gun licence should be denied or revoked

Firearm Safety Training

In Serbia, an understanding of firearm safety and the law, tested in a theoretical and/or practical training course is required90 94 for a firearm licence

Gun Owner Licensing Period

In Serbia, gun owners must re-apply and re-qualify for their firearm licence every five years, for a carry permit92

Limit on Number of Guns

Licensed firearm owners in Serbia are permitted to possess any number of firearms87 86

Limit on Quantity, Type of Ammunition

Licensed firearm owners in Serbia are permitted to possess only ammunition suitable for the licensed firearm, and is limited to 60 packages of ammunition per calendar year81

Firearm Registration

Civilian Gun Registration

In Serbia, the law requires95 that a record of the acquisition, possession and transfer of each privately held firearm be retained in an official register

Gun Manufacturer Record Keeping

In Serbia, licensed gun makers are required44 96 to keep a record of each firearm produced, for inspection by a regulating authority

State-Owned Firearm Records

In Serbia, State agencies are required97 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 Serbia, dealing in firearms by way of business without a valid gun dealer’s licence is unlawful98

Waiting Period for Gun Possession

In Serbia, the minimum wait for a lawful firearm purchase to be completed is undetermined87 86

Regulation of Gun Shows

In Serbia, gun shows and temporary firearm dealing events are not regulated87 86 in law

Storage and Transport of Guns and Ammunition

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Private

Firearm regulations in Serbia include99 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 Serbia include100 98 101 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition by licensed arms dealers

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Government

Government regulations in Serbia include102 100 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition by state entities

Firearm and Ammunition Transport Regulations

Regulations in Serbia include103 104 105 106 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition while in transit

Marking and Tracing Guns and Ammunition

Firearm Marking

In Serbia, a unique identifying mark on each firearm is required by law107 79 108 109 95 44 110

Firearm Tracing

In Serbia, state authorities carry out111 recognised arms tracing and tracking procedures

Ballistic Record of Firearms and Ammunition

In Serbia, the ballistic characteristics of each civilian firearm and its ammunition are not112 recorded in a register

Carrying Guns

Carrying Guns Openly in Public

In Serbia, carrying a firearm in plain view in a public place is allowed, subject to a valid permit113 88 92 27

Carrying Hidden Handguns in Public

In Serbia, carrying a concealed firearm in a public place is allowed, subject to a valid permit113 88 92 27

Penalty for Illicit Firearm Possession

In Serbia, the maximum penalty for unlawful possession of a firearm114 is up to five years in prison43

Collection, Amnesty and Destruction Programmes

Authorities in Serbia are known to have115 116 117 118 119 120 121 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 Serbia, the number of firearms voluntarily surrendered in recent arms amnesty and collection programmes is reported to be 10,000-15,000115 (2001-2003) and 47,853115 (2003)

Firearms Surrendered and Seized

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

2015: 76,500122
2013: 16,733123
2012: 1,258124
2011: 668
2007: 37,364125 126 127

Small Arms Destroyed

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

2013: 17,000128 129
2010: 28,285121
2009: 27,000
2006: 14,936119 120
2004: 10,000118
2003: 117,269130 115 118
2002: 10,000-15,000115
2001: 52,000116

Destruction and Disposal Policy

In Serbia, it is state policy131 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 2008132 by Serbia.

United Nations Arms Trade Treaty

The United Nations Arms Trade Treaty has been signed and ratified133 by Serbia

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 ratified134 by Serbia

United Nations Small Arms Programme of Action UNPoA

UNPoA Commitment

On 21 July 2001, Serbia 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 Aspects135

UNPoA Implementation Monitor Score

In its UN small arms Programme of Action Implementation Monitor (PoAIM Phase 1), the Small Arms Survey scored Serbia against its commitments to the PoA, then ranked it at No. 61136 137 138 139 among 159 Member States

UNPoA National Reporting

Under the terms of its 2001 commitment to the United Nations small arms Programme of Action, Serbia has submitted one or more national reports140 141 on its implementation of the UNPoA

UNPoA National Point of Contact

In Serbia, a National Point of Contact to deal with issues relating to the UNPoA has been designated142 141

UNPoA National Coordinating Body

In Serbia, a National Coordinating Body to deal with issues relating to the UNPoA has been designated141

UNPoA Civil Society Involvement and Support

In National Reports of Serbia submitted to the UN from 2001 to 2010, a history of substantive cooperation with civil society in support of UNPoA activities was apparent143

UNPoA International Assistance – Donor

Funds for UNPoA implementation have not been donated141 by Serbia to other UN Member States

UNPoA International Assistance – Recipient

Funds for UNPoA implementation have been provided141 to Serbia by other UN Member States

United Nations Small Arms Register

According to the United Nations Register of Conventional Arms, Serbia has declared144 its small arms exports in one or more annual National Reports on Arms Exports.

United Nations Membership

In the UN List of Member States, Serbia has been a Member State of the United Nations since 2000145

Wassenaar Arrangement

The Wassenaar Arrangement on Export Controls and Conventional Arms and Dual-Use Goods and Technologies does not list146 Serbia as a Participating State

BackgroundCountry Profile

Conflict Profile

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

Global Peace Index

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


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