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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 Suriname is 75,0001 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 Suriname is 14.31 3

Number of Privately Owned Firearms - World Ranking

In a 2007 comparison of the number of privately owned guns in 178 countries, Suriname ranked at No. 1494

Rate of Privately Owned Firearms per 100 Population - World Ranking

In a 2007 comparison of the rate of private gun ownership in 178 countries, Suriname ranked at No. 483

Number of Registered Firearms

ChartThe number of registered guns in Suriname is reported to be

2006: 30,0005 6
2005: 30,0007 3

Rate of Registered Firearms per 100 Population

ChartThe rate of registered guns per 100 people in Suriname is

2006: 5.945
2005: 6.528

Estimated Number of Illicit Firearms

Unlawfully held guns cannot be counted, but in Suriname there are estimated to be 30,0007 2

Estimated Rate of Illicit Firearms per 100 Population

Unlawfully held guns cannot be counted, but in Suriname the rate of illicit firearms per 100 people is estimated to be 6.528

Government Guns

Number of Military Firearms

The defence forces of Suriname are reported to have 8,0009 2 firearms

Number of Law Enforcement Firearms

Police in Suriname are reported to have 2,0009 2 7 firearms

ImpactsDeath and Injury

Total Number of Gun Deaths

ChartIn Suriname, annual deaths resulting from firearms total

2014: 2010
2013: 18
2012: 22
2011: 19
2010: 15
2009: 1311 12

Rate of All Gun Deaths per 100,000 People

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

2014: 3.4910
2013: 3.18
2012: 3.93
2011: 3.43
2010: 2.75
2009: 2.428

Total Number of Male Gun Deaths

ChartIn Suriname, annual male deaths resulting from firearms total

2014: 1510
2013: 17
2012: 19
2011: 18
2010: 14

Total Number of Female Gun Deaths

ChartIn Suriname, annual female deaths resulting from firearms total

2014: 510
2013: 1
2012: 3
2011: 1
2010: 1

Homicides (any method)

ChartIn Suriname, annual homicides by any means total

2015: 5813
2014: 3510
2013: 34
2012: 30
2011: 35
2010: 39
2009: 2914 15 16 17
2008: 23
2007: 24
2006: 23
2005: 28
2004: 25
2003: 28
2002: 13
2001: 18
2000: 19

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

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

2015: 10.6813
2014: 3.4910
2013: 3.18
2012: 3.93
2011: 3.43
2010: 2.75
2009: 5.58 14 15 16 17
2008: 4.46
2007: 4.70
2006: 4.55
2005: 5.61
2004: 5.07
2003: 5.75
2002: 2.71
2001: 3.80
2000: 4.07
1999: 6.915
1998: 8.4
1997: 4.7
1996: 3.3
1995: 4.8

Male Homicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn Suriname, annual male homicides by any means total

2014: 2310
2013: 26
2012: 21
2011: 29
2010: 29

Female Homicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn Suriname, annual female homicides by any means total

2014: 1210
2013: 8
2012: 9
2011: 6
2010: 10

Gun Homicides

ChartIn Suriname, annual firearm homicides total

2014: 910
2013: 9
2012: 14
2011: 6
2010: 6
2009: 211 12

Rate of Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

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

2014: 1.5710
2013: 1.59
2012: 2.50
2011: 1.08
2010: 1.10
2009: 0.378

Proportion of Homicides Committed With a Gun

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

2014: 45%14
2013: 25%
2012: 32%
2009: 6%11

Male Gun Homicide Victims

ChartIn Suriname, annual male firearm homicides total

2015: 510
2014: 5
2013: 9
2012: 11
2011: 5
2010: 5

Female Gun Homicide Victims

ChartIn Suriname, annual female firearm homicides total

2015: 410
2014: 4
2013: 0
2012: 3
2011: 1
2010: 1

Suicides (any method)

ChartIn Suriname, annual suicides by any means total

2014: 13010
2013: 133
2012: 134
2011: 127
2010: 137
2009: 13118
2008: 147
2007: 119
2006: 112
2005: 7218 19
2004: 6718
2003: 77
2002: 69
2001: 72
2000: 53

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

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

2014: 22.6810
2013: 23.46
2012: 23.92
2011: 22.96
2010: 25.10
2009: 25.218
2008: 28.5
2007: 23.3
2006: 22.2
2005: 14.418 19
2004: 13.618
2003: 15.8
2002: 14.4
2001: 15.2
2000: 11.4

Male Suicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn Suriname, annual male suicides by any means total

2014: 9410
2013: 98
2012: 101
2011: 95
2010: 95

Female Suicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn Suriname, annual female suicides by any means total

2014: 3610
2013: 35
2012: 33
2011: 32
2010: 42

Gun Suicides

ChartIn Suriname, annual firearm suicides total

2014: 810
2013: 2
2012: 2
2011: 3
2010: 3
2009: 511 12

Rate of Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

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

2014: 1.4010
2013: 0.35
2012: 0.36
2011: 0.54
2010: 0.55
2009: 0.938

Male Gun Suicide Victims

ChartIn Suriname, annual male firearm suicides total

2014: 710
2013: 2
2012: 2
2011: 3
2010: 3

Female Gun Suicide Victims

ChartIn Suriname, annual female firearm suicides total

2014: 110
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0

Unintentional Gun Deaths

ChartIn Suriname, annual unintentional shooting deaths total

2014: 010
2013: 0
2012: 1
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 111 12

Rate of Unintentional Gun Death per 100,000 People

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

2014: 0.5210
2013: 1.23
2012: 0.89
2011: 1.81
2010: 1.10
2009: 0.198

Unintentional Male Gun Deaths

ChartIn Suriname, annual unintentional male shooting deaths total

2014: 010
2013: 0
2012: 1
2011: 0
2010: 0

Unintentional Female Gun Deaths

ChartIn Suriname, annual unintentional female shooting deaths total

2014: 010
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0

Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

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

2014: 310
2013: 7
2012: 5
2011: 10
2010: 6
2009: 511 12

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

In Suriname, the annual rate of unknown-cause shooting deaths per 100,000 population is

2009: 0.938

Male Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

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

2014: 310
2013: 6
2012: 5
2011: 10
2010: 6

Female Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

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

2014: 010
2013: 1
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0

ProductionGun Industry

Regulation of Firearm Makers

In Suriname, the manufacture of small arms, ammunition and/or their components is not conducted20

TransfersGun Trade and Trafficking

Firearm Exports

In Suriname, firearm and ammunition exports are limited by transfer control law21 22 23 24

Small Arms Exports (US$) - Customs

The annual value of small arms and ammunition exports from Suriname is reported by Customs to be US$13,30025 (2011)

Firearm Imports

In Suriname, firearm and ammunition imports are limited by transfer control law21 22 23 24

Small Arms Imports (US$) - Customs

The annual value of small arms and ammunition imports to Suriname is reported by Customs to be US$1,124,31425 (2011)

Regulation of Arms Brokers

In Suriname, the activities of arms brokers and transfer intermediaries are not specifically regulated by law20

End User Certificates

Customs regulations in Suriname do not include20 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 Suriname is categorised as restrictive26

Firearm Law

Guiding gun control legislation in Suriname includes the Firearms Act of 1930, as amended to 200127 28

Firearm Regulation Authority

Guns in Suriname are regulated by the Minister of Justice,29 the District Commissioner,30 the Prosecutor General22 and civil servants31

Right to Possess Firearms

In Suriname, the right to private gun ownership is not guaranteed by law32 33

Restricted Firearms and Ammunition

Regulation of Handguns

In Suriname, private possession of handguns (pistols and revolvers) is permitted under licence34

Law Regulates Long Guns

In Suriname, civilian possession of rifles and shotguns is regulated by law34

Gun Ownership and Possession

In Suriname, only licensed gun owners35 30 36 37 may lawfully acquire, possess or transfer a firearm or ammunition

Genuine Reason Required for Firearm Possession

Applicants for a gun owner’s licence in Suriname are required to establish genuine reason to possess a firearm37

Minimum Age for Firearm Possession

The minimum age for gun ownership in Suriname is undefined20

Gun Owner Background Checks

An applicant for a firearm licence in Suriname must pass a background check which considers undefined20 records

Reference Required for Firearm Licence

In Suriname, third party character references for each gun licence applicant are not required20

Partner to be Advised or Interviewed

In Suriname, licensing authorities are not required20 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 Suriname does not stipulate20 that a gun licence should be denied or revoked

Firearm Safety Training

In Suriname, an understanding of firearm safety and the law, tested in a theoretical and/or practical training course is not required20 for a firearm licence

Gun Owner Licensing Period

In Suriname, gun owners must re-apply and re-qualify for their firearm licence every year34

Licensing Records

In Suriname, authorities maintain a record29 of individual civilians licensed to acquire, possess, sell or transfer a firearm or ammunition

Limit on Number of Guns

Licensed firearm owners in Suriname are permitted to possess one firearm per licence34

Limit on Quantity, Type of Ammunition

Licensed firearm owners in Suriname are permitted to possess up to 100 cartridges for small firearms (rifle, musket, carbine) and no more than 25 cartridges for handguns (pistols, revolvers)38

Firearm Registration

Civilian Gun Registration

In Suriname, the law requires29 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 Suriname, licensed firearm dealers are required39 to keep a record of each firearm or ammunition purchase, sale or transfer on behalf of a regulating authority

Gun Sales and Transfers

Regulation of Private Gun Sales

In Suriname, the private sale and transfer of firearms is prohibited40

Regulation of Dealer Gun Sales

In Suriname, dealing in firearms by way of business without a valid gun dealer’s licence is unlawful41 36

Waiting Period for Gun Possession

In Suriname, the minimum wait for a lawful firearm purchase to be completed is undetermined20

Regulation of Gun Shows

In Suriname, gun shows and temporary firearm dealing events are not regulated20 in law

Storage and Transport of Guns and Ammunition

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Private

Firearm regulations in Suriname do not include20 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 Suriname do not include20 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition by licensed arms dealers

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Government

Government regulations in Suriname n'inclut pas20 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition by state entities

Firearm and Ammunition Transport Regulations

Regulations in Suriname do not include20 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition while in transit

Marking and Tracing Guns and Ammunition

Firearm Marking

In Suriname, a unique identifying mark on each firearm is not required by law20

Firearm Tracing

In Suriname, state authorities do not carry out20 recognised arms tracing and tracking procedures

Ballistic Record of Firearms and Ammunition

In Suriname, the ballistic characteristics of each civilian firearm and its ammunition are not20 recorded in a register

Carrying Guns

Law Regulates Firearms in Public

In Suriname, carrying a gun in a public place is regulated by law30

Carrying Guns Openly in Public

In Suriname, carrying a firearm in plain view in a public place is prohibited30

Carrying Hidden Handguns in Public

In Suriname, carrying a concealed firearm in a public place is prohibited30

Penalty for Illicit Firearm Possession

In Suriname, the maximum penalty for unlawful possession of a firearm42 is four years in prison and a fine43 44 24

MeasuresInternational Controls

Regional Agreements

Organization of American States

On 14 November 1997, as a member of the Organisation of American States (OAS), Suriname 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 ratified45 46 by Suriname

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 signed47 by Suriname.

United Nations Arms Trade Treaty

The United Nations Arms Trade Treaty has been signed, but not yet ratified48 by Suriname

United Nations Firearms Protocol

The United Nations Protocol against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, Their Parts and Components and Ammunition has not been signed49 by Suriname

United Nations Small Arms Programme of Action UNPoA

UNPoA Commitment

On 21 July 2001, Suriname 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 Aspects50

UNPoA National Reporting

Under the terms of its 2001 commitment to the United Nations small arms Programme of Action, Suriname has yet to submit a national report51 52 on its implementation of the UNPoA

UNPoA National Point of Contact

In Suriname, a National Point of Contact to deal with issues relating to the UNPoA has been designated52

UNPoA National Coordinating Body

In Suriname, a National Coordinating Body to deal with issues relating to the UNPoA has not been designated52

UNPoA Civil Society Involvement and Support

In National Reports of Suriname submitted to the UN from 2001 to 2010, a history of substantive cooperation with civil society in support of UNPoA activities was not apparent52

UNPoA International Assistance – Donor

Funds for UNPoA implementation have not been donated52 by Suriname to other UN Member States

United Nations Small Arms Register

According to the United Nations Register of Conventional Arms, Suriname has not declared53 its small arms exports in one or more annual National Reports on Arms Exports.

United Nations Membership

In the UN List of Member States, Suriname has been a Member State of the United Nations since 197554

Wassenaar Arrangement

The Wassenaar Arrangement on Export Controls and Conventional Arms and Dual-Use Goods and Technologies does not list55 Suriname as a Participating State

BackgroundCountry Profile

Conflict Profile

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


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