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Taylor, Zachary, Charlotte Phillips and Srdjan Bogosavljevic. 2005 ‘Legal Civilian Possession.’ Living with the Legacy: SALW Survey of the Republic of Serbia; Section 4.2 (Table 4), pp. 10-11. London: United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) / Saferworld. 1 March

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Legal Civilian Possession

Official statistics from the MUP show that on 1 January 2004 there were 1,056,314 small arms in Serbia, registered to approximately 900,000 private citizens. This figure suggests that there is one registered firearm for every seven people in Serbia.

The MUP keeps detailed and accurate records of registered firearms, which for 2003 shows a significant increase in firearms registered as a result of a successful weapons amnesty. If this event is excluded, the latest available figures show a modest decrease in registered firearm ownership. A senior police official recently reaffirmed this, claiming the number of firearms removed from the register in 2004 was greater than in 2003, though no figures were offered. The following table represents available figures for the two-year period:

Net change in legal civilian firearm possession:

Requests for permits
2003: 16,859
2004: 17,000

Firearms added to the register (excluding amnesty)
2003: 13,888
2004: 11,776

Firearms sold / scrapped / surrendered
2003: 16,025
2004: NA

Net increase / decrease
2003: -2,137
2004: NA

[MUP = Ministry of the Interior]

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