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Virgin Islands (US) — Gun Facts, Figures and the Law

StockpilesGun Numbers

Civilian Guns

Percentage of Adults Living in a Home With a Gun

In the Virgin Islands (US), the fraction of adults living in a household with a firearm is reported to be 2001: 8.31

ImpactsDeath and Injury

Homicides (any method)

ChartIn the Virgin Islands (US), annual homicides by any means total

2007: 432
2006: 43
2005: 35
2004: 37
2003: 31
2002: 41
2001: 28
2000: 24
1999: 27

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

ChartIn the Virgin Islands (US), the annual rate of homicide by any means per 100,000 population is

2007: 39.22
2006: 39.2
2005: 31.9
2004: 33.8
2003: 28.32 3
2002: 37.62
2001: 25.7
2000: 22.1
1999: 24.9
1998: 22.9
1997: 27.6

Handgun Homicides

ChartIn the Virgin Islands (US), annual handgun homicides total

2012: 284 5
2011: 27
2010: 36

Long Gun Homicides

ChartIn the Virgin Islands (US), annual long gun homicides total

2012: 34 5
2011: 0
2010: 1

Gun Homicides (Other)

ChartIn the Virgin Islands (US), annual gun homicides (other) total

2012: 114 5
2011: 4
2010: 4

TransfersGun Trade and Trafficking

Regulation of Firearm Exports

Small Arms Exports (US$) - Customs

The annual value of small arms and ammunition exports from the Virgin Islands (US) is reported by Customs to be US$3186 (1997)

MeasuresGun Regulation

Right to Possess Firearms

In the Virgin Islands (US), the right to private gun ownership is not guaranteed by law7

MeasuresInternational Controls

United Nations Membership

In the UN List of Member States, the Virgin Islands (US) are not a Member State of the United Nations

Wassenaar Arrangement

The Wassenaar Arrangement on Export Controls and Conventional Arms and Dual-Use Goods and Technologies does not list8 the Virgin Islands (US) as a Participating State

Short References


North Carolina State Center for Health Statistics.2002.‘Question: Are any firearms now kept in or around your home? Include those kept in a garage, outdoor storage area, car, truck, or other motor vehicle.’ BRFSS Survey Results 2001 for Nationwide.Atlanta GA:Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System / BRFSS, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention / CDC,2 September. (Q8391)Full Citation


UNODC.2013.‘Homicide in 207 Countries - US Virgin Islands.’ Global Study on Homicide 2011: Trends, Context, Data.Vienna:United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime,26 June. (Q6351)Full Citation


Petrini, Benjamin.2011.‘Latin America and the Caribbean, 1995-2008, Total Recorded Intentional Homicide, Completed, Rate per 100,000 Population.’ World Bank Homicide Rate Dataset 1995-2008.Washington DC:Social Development Department, World Bank,10 February. (Q3817)Full Citation


FBI.2013.‘Crime in the United States / CIUS.’ Uniform Crime Reports / UCR.Washington, DC:US Federal Bureau of Investigation,29 January. (Q1978)Full Citation


Rokaw, William M., James A. Mercy and Jack C. Smith.1990.‘Comparing Death Certificate Data with FBI Crime Reporting Statistics on US Homicides.’ Public Health Reports.Atlanta, GA:Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),1 September. (Q6535)Full Citation


Marsh, Nicholas.2013.‘Database of Authorised Transfers of Small Arms and Light Weapons.’ NISAT Small Arms Trade Database.Oslo:Norwegian Initiative on Small Arms Transfers,14 February. (Q16)Full Citation


Sherman, Amy and Tom Ginsburg.2014.‘Gun Rights in National Constitutions.’ Marco Rubio Says Second Amendment Is Unique in Speech to NRA.Miami FL:Miami Herald (PolitiFact Florida),29 April. (Q8507)Full Citation


Wassenaar Arrangement.1996.‘Introduction: Participating States.’ Wassenaar Arrangement on Export Controls and Conventional Arms and Dual-Use Goods and Technologies.Vienna:Wassenaar Secretariat,12 July. (Q19)Full Citation