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European Commission. 2014 ‘Firearms-related Murders.’ Study to Support an Impact Assessment on Options for Combatting Illicit Firearms Trafficking in the European Union, p. 26. Luxembourg: Centre for Strategy & Evaluation Services. 1 July

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2.4.2 Firearms-related murders

[T]here were some 1,200 firearms-related homicides in EU28 Member States in the last year for which statistics are available (see Table 2.2). This indicates that over the past 10 years there have been over 10,000 victims of murder or manslaughter involving firearms in the EU28 Member States.(39)

The UNODC's 'Global Study on Homicide'(40) (2011) indicates that for the latest year for which statistics are available:

- An average of 22% of all homicides occurred in the EU28 Member States as a result of the use of firearms with a range from 1.3% in Romania to 66% in Italy;
- The total number of firearms-related homicides in EU28 Member States was 1,223 with a range from 2 in Slovenia to 417 in Italy. The average number of homicides by firearms per 100,000 population was 0.29 with a range from 0.02 in Romania to 0.71 in Italy.
- In addition to the victims of murder or manslaughter involving firearms in the EU28 Member States, every year there are also over 4,000 suicides by firearm.

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39) Period 2000-2009. Source: UNODC Global Study on Homicide 2011.This is a partial figure as for most Member States statistics for the whole period are unavailable.

40) UNODC's 'Global Study on Homicide' (2011), pp. 39-57. Retrieved from:
http://www.unodc.org/documents/data-and analysis/statistics/Homicide/Globa_study_on_homicide_2011_web.pdf

[UNODC = UN Office on Drugs and Crime]

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