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StockpilesGun Numbers

Civilian Guns

Number of Privately Owned Firearms

ChartThe estimated total number of guns (both licit and illicit) held by civilians in Armenia is

2017: 186,0001
2007: 380,0002

Rate of Civilian Firearm Possession per 100 Population

ChartThe estimated rate of private gun ownership (both licit and illicit) per 100 people in Armenia is

2017: 6.13
2007: 12.52

Number of Privately Owned Firearms - World Ranking

In a 2007 comparison of the number of privately owned guns in 178 countries, Armenia ranked at No. 944

Rate of Privately Owned Firearms per 100 Population - World Ranking

In a 2007 comparison of the rate of private gun ownership in 178 countries, Armenia ranked at No. 522

Number of Registered Firearms

The number of registered guns in Armenia is reported to be

2017: 45,8821

Estimated Number of Unregistered and Illicit Firearms

Unregistered and unlawfully held guns cannot be counted,5 but in Armenia there are estimated to be

2017: 140,1781

Government Guns

Number of Military Firearms

The defence forces of Armenia are reported to have 509,2406 firearms

Number of Law Enforcement Firearms

Police in Armenia are reported to have 18,0007 firearms

ImpactsDeath and Injury

Total Number of Gun Deaths

ChartIn Armenia, annual deaths resulting from firearms total

2016: 388
2015: 458
2014: 249 10 11
2013: 39
2012: 47
2011: 45
2010: 52
2009: 41
2008: 50
2007: 49

Rate of All Gun Deaths per 100,000 People

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

2016: 1.258
2015: 1.47
2014: 0.78
2013: 1.27
2012: 1.53
2011: 1.47
2010: 1.69
2009: 1.33
2008: 1.63
2007: 1.59

Total Number of Male Gun Deaths

ChartIn Armenia, annual male deaths resulting from firearms total

2016: 388
2015: 388
2014: 23
2013: 38
2012: 44
2011: 44
2010: 47
2009: 39
2008: 47
2007: 47

Rate of Male Gun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn Armenia, the annual rate of male gun death per 100,000 population is

2016: 2.578
2015: 2.57
2014: 1.56
2013: 2.57
2012: 2.98
2011: 2.99
2010: 3.19
2009: 2.65
2008: 3.20
2007: 3.20

Total Number of Female Gun Deaths

ChartIn Armenia, annual female deaths resulting from firearms total

2015: 78
2014: 1
2013: 1
2012: 3
2011: 1
2010: 5
2009: 2
2008: 3
2007: 2

Rate of Female Gun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn Armenia, the annual rate of female gun death per 100,000 population is

2015: 0.448
2014: 0.06
2013: 0.06
2012: 0.19
2011: 0.06
2010: 0.31
2009: 0.12
2008: 0.19
2007: 0.12

Homicides (any method)

ChartIn Armenia, annual homicides by any means total

2016: 8712
2015: 75
2014: 72
2013: 63
2012: 65
2011: 71
2010: 56
2009: 97
2008: 97
2007: 77
2006: 7913 14 15
2005: 5813 14
2004: 83
2003: 6614
2002: 69
2001: 88
2000: 91
1999: 90
1998: 93
1997: 100
1996: 114
1995: 116

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

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

2016: 2.8512
2015: 2.45
2014: 2.35
2013: 2.06
2012: 2.12
2011: 2.31
2010: 1.82
2009: 3.16
2008: 3.15
2007: 2.50
2006: 2.613 14 15
2005: 1.913 14
2004: 2.7
2003: 2.214
2002: 2.3
2001: 2.9
2000: 3.0
1999: 2.9
1998: 3.0
1997: 3.2
1996: 3.6
1995: 3.6

Male Homicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn Armenia, annual male homicides by any means total

2016: 7116
2015: 54
2014: 52
2013: 44
2012: 46
2011: 52
2010: 46
2009: 72
2008: 70.64
2007: 64

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

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

2016: 5.1716
2015: 3.94
2014: 3.81
2013: 3.24
2012: 3.41
2011: 3.86
2010: 3.42
2009: 5.32
2008: 5.18
2007: 4.65

Female Homicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn Armenia, annual female homicides by any means total

2016: 1616
2015: 21
2014: 20
2013: 19
2012: 19
2011: 19
2010: 10
2009: 25
2008: 26
2007: 13

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

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

2016: 1.0316
2015: 1.36
2014: 1.30
2013: 1.24
2012: 1.24
2011: 1.24
2010: 0.65
2009: 1.63
2008: 1.71
2007: 0.84

Gun Homicides

ChartIn Armenia, annual firearm homicides total

2016: 48
2015: 178
2014: 39
2013: 7
2012: 11
2011: 8
2010: 10
2009: 12
2008: 21
2007: 14
2006: 16
2005: 7
2004: 1914

Rate of Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

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

2016: 0.138
2015: 0.56
2014: 0.10
2013: 0.23
2012: 0.36
2011: 0.26
2010: 0.33
2009: 0.39
2008: 0.68
2007: 0.45
2006: 0.52
2005: 0.23
2004: 0.614

Proportion of Homicides Committed With a Gun

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

2012: 11%13
2011: 9%13 17
2010: 23%13
2009: 11%
2008: 22%
2007: 29%
2006: 20%
2005: 12%
2004: 25.3%14

Male Gun Homicide Victims

ChartIn Armenia, annual male firearm homicides total

2016: 48
2015: 13
2014: 3
2013: 7
2012: 10
2011: 8
2010: 6
2009: 12
2008: 20
2007: 13

Rate of Male Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

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

2016: 0.278
2015: 0.88
2014: 0.20
2013: 0.47
2012: 0.68
2011: 0.54
2010: 0.41
2009: 0.82
2008: 1.36
2007: 0.89

Female Gun Homicide Victims

ChartIn Armenia, annual female firearm homicides total

2015: 48
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 1
2010: 4
2008: 1
2007: 1

Rate of Female Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

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

2015: 0.258
2012: 0.06
2010: 0.25
2008: 0.06
2007: 0.06

Long Gun Homicides

In Armenia, annual long gun homicides total

2012: 49

Rate of Long Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

In Armenia, the annual rate of long gun homicide per 100,000 population is

2012: 0.139

Gun Homicides (Other)

ChartIn Armenia, annual gun homicides (other) total

2014: 39
2012: 7

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

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

2014: 0.109
2012: 0.23

Suicides (any method)

ChartIn Armenia, annual suicides by any means total

2016: 678
2015: 748
2014: 58
2013: 67
2012: 79
2011: 6718
2010: 73
2009: 53
2008: 63
2007: 71
1999: 6719

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

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

2016: 2.208
2015: 2.42
2014: 1.90
2013: 2.19
2012: 2.58
2011: 2.18
2010: 2.38
2009: 1.72
2008: 2.05
2007: 2.31
1999: 2.1919

Male Suicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn Armenia, annual male suicides by any means total

2016: 538
2015: 558
2014: 43
2013: 43
2012: 59
2011: 51
2010: 54
2009: 43
2008: 44
2007: 51

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

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

2016: 3.598
2015: 3.72
2014: 2.91
2013: 2.91
2012: 4
2011: 3.46
2010: 3.67
2009: 2.92
2008: 2.99
2007: 3.48

Female Suicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn Armenia, annual female suicides by any means total

2016: 148
2015: 198
2014: 15
2013: 24
2012: 20
2011: 16
2010: 19
2009: 10
2008: 19
2007: 20

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

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

2016: 0.898
2015: 1.20
2014: 0.95
2013: 1.51
2012: 1.26
2011: 1
2010: 1.19
2009: 0.62
2008: 1.18
2007: 1.24

Gun Suicides

ChartIn Armenia, annual firearm suicides total

2016: 68
2015: 68
2014: 310
2013: 0
2012: 310 20
2011: 7
2010: 3
2009: 1

Rate of Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

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

2016: 0.208
2015: 0.20
2014: 0.10
2013: 0
2012: 0.10
2011: 0.23
2010: 0.10
2009: 0.03

Male Gun Suicide Victims

ChartIn Armenia, annual male firearm suicides total

2016: 68
2015: 38
2014: 3
2013: 0
2012: 3
2011: 7
2010: 3
2009: 1

Rate of Male Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

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

2016: 0.418
2015: 0.20
2014: 0.20
2012: 0.20
2011: 0.47
2010: 0.20
2009: 0.07

Female Gun Suicide Victims

ChartIn Armenia, annual female firearm suicides total

2015: 38
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0

Rate of Female Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

In Armenia, the annual rate of female firearm suicide per 100,000 population is

2015: 0.198

Long Gun Suicides

In Armenia, the number of long gun suicides is

2014: 210

Rate of Long Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

In Armenia, the annual rate of long gun suicide per 100,000 population is

2014: 0.0710

Gun Suicides (Other)

ChartIn Armenia, annual gun suicides (other) total

2014: 110
2012: 3

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

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

2014: 0.0310
2012: 0.10

Unintentional Gun Deaths

ChartIn Armenia, annual unintentional shooting deaths total

2015: 28
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 1
2009: 1
2008: 1

Rate of Unintentional Gun Death per 100,000 People

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

2015: 0.078
2014: 0.59
2013: 1.04
2012: 1.04
2011: 0.03
2009: 0.03
2008: 0.03

Unintentional Male Gun Deaths

ChartIn Armenia, annual unintentional male shooting deaths total

2015: 28
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 1
2009: 1
2008: 1

Rate of Unintentional Male Gun Death per 100,000 People

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

2015: 0.148
2011: 0.07
2009: 0.07
2008: 0.07

Unintentional Female Gun Deaths

ChartIn Armenia, annual unintentional female shooting deaths total

2015: 08
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0

Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

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

2016: 288
2015: 208
2014: 1811
2013: 32
2012: 3211 20
2011: 29
2010: 39
2009: 26
2008: 28
2007: 35

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

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

2016: 0.928
2015: 0.65
2014: 0.59
2013: 1.04
2012: 1.04
2011: 0.94
2010: 1.27
2009: 0.85
2008: 0.91
2007: 1.14

Male Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

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

2016: 288
2015: 208
2014: 17
2013: 31
2012: 30
2011: 28
2010: 38
2009: 25
2008: 26
2007: 34

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

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

2016: 1.908
2015: 1.35
2014: 1.15
2013: 2.10
2012: 2.03
2011: 1.90
2010: 2.58
2009: 1.70
2008: 1.77
2007: 2.32

Female Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

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

2015: 08
2014: 1
2013: 1
2012: 2
2011: 1
2010: 1
2009: 1
2008: 2
2007: 1

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

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

2014: 0.068
2013: 0.06
2012: 0.13
2011: 0.06
2010: 0.06
2009: 0.06
2008: 0.12
2007: 0.06

Long Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

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

2014: 511
2012: 5

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

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

2014: 0.1711
2012: 0.17

Gun Deaths (Other) from Undetermined Cause

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

2014: 1311
2012: 27

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

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

2014: 0.4311
2012: 0.89

Legal Intervention Gun Homicides

ChartIn Armenia, annual legal-intervention gun homicides total

2012: 18
2009: 1

ProductionGun Industry

Regulation of Firearm Makers

In Armenia, the manufacture of small arms, ammunition and/or their components is permitted only if the maker holds a valid licence21 22

Small Arms Manufacture - World Ranking

In a classification of the world's small, medium and major firearm manufacturers, Armenia was ranked 'small'23

TransfersGun Trade and Trafficking

Firearm Exports

In Armenia, firearm and ammunition exports are limited by transfer control law24 25 26 27 28 29

Small Arms Exports (US$) - Customs

The annual value of small arms and ammunition exports from Armenia is reported by Customs to be US$59,75430 (2011)

Small Arms Exports - World Ranking

In a comparison of the world's major/mid-level/minor/unknown small arms exporters, Armenia was categorized as 'unknown'31

Firearm Imports

In Armenia, firearm and ammunition imports are limited by transfer control law24 25 27 28 29

Firearm Imports (Number)

ChartThe annual number of firearms imported to Armenia is reported to be

2012: 7732
2009: 1,122
2008: 84
2007: 250

Small Arms Imports (US$) - Customs

The annual value of small arms and ammunition imports to Armenia is reported by Customs to be US$1,419,08530 (2011)

Regulation of Arms Brokers

In Armenia, the activities of arms brokers and transfer intermediaries are specifically regulated by law33 34 35

End User Certificates

Customs regulations in Armenia include36 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 Armenia is categorised as restrictive37

Firearm Law

Guiding gun control legislation in Armenia includes the Law on Arms of 1998, the Governmental Decree 2308-N of 2009,22 25 28 and the Law on Licensing of 200124

Firearm Regulation Authority

Guns in Armenia are regulated by the Armenian Police Service26

Right to Possess Firearms

In Armenia, the right to private gun ownership is not guaranteed by law38 39 28 40

Restricted Firearms and Ammunition

In Armenia, civilians are not allowed to possess weapons that produce rapid gun fire40

Regulation of Automatic Weapons

In Armenia, private possession of fully automatic weapons is prohibited40 17

Regulation of Semiautomatic Assault Weapons

In Armenia, private possession of semi-automatic assault weapons is permitted under licence40

Regulation of Handguns

In Armenia, private possession of handguns (pistols and revolvers) is permitted under licence40 17

Law Regulates Long Guns

In Armenia, civilian possession of rifles and shotguns is regulated by law40 17

Gun Ownership and Possession

In Armenia, only licensed gun owners26 28 17 may lawfully acquire, possess or transfer a firearm or ammunition

Genuine Reason Required for Firearm Possession

Applicants for a gun owner’s licence in Armenia are required to establish a genuine reason to possess a firearm, for example self-defence, hunting or sport40

Minimum Age for Firearm Possession

The minimum age for gun ownership in Armenia is 18 years28

Gun Owner Background Checks

An applicant for a firearm licence in Armenia must pass a background check which considers medical28 17 records

Firearm Safety Training

In Armenia, an understanding of firearm safety and the law, tested in a theoretical and/or practical training course is required28 for a firearm licence

Firearm Registration

Civilian Gun Registration

In Armenia, the law requires21 27 28 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 Armenia, licensed gun makers are required22 21 to keep a record of each firearm produced, for inspection by a regulating authority

State-Owned Firearm Records

In Armenia, State agencies are required27 to maintain records of the storage and movement of all firearms and ammunition under their control

Gun Sales and Transfers

Regulation of Private Gun Sales

In Armenia, the private sale and transfer of firearms is prohibited without Police permission26

Regulation of Dealer Gun Sales

In Armenia, dealing in firearms by way of business without a valid gun dealer’s licence is unlawful26

Storage and Transport of Guns and Ammunition

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Private

Firearm regulations in Armenia include41 42 21 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 Armenia include21 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition by licensed arms dealers

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Government

Government regulations in Armenia include27 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition by state entities

Firearm and Ammunition Transport Regulations

Regulations in Armenia include42 34 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition while in transit

Marking and Tracing Guns and Ammunition

Firearm Marking

In Armenia, a unique identifying mark on each firearm is required by law21 26 43

Firearm Tracing

In Armenia, state authorities do not carry out44 recognised arms tracing and tracking procedures

Carrying Guns

Law Regulates Firearms in Public

In Armenia, carrying a gun in a public place is regulated by law17

Penalty for Illicit Firearm Possession

In Armenia, the maximum penalty for unlawful possession of a firearm45 is up to three years in prison and a fine of up to 500 minimal salaries46 47

Collection, Amnesty and Destruction Programmes

Firearms Surrendered and Seized

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

2011: 71448

Small Arms Destroyed

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

2011: 36548

Destruction and Disposal Policy

In Armenia, it is state policy49 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 not signed50 by Armenia.

Arms Trade Treaty

The Arms Trade Treaty has not been signed51 by Armenia

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 ratified52 by Armenia

United Nations Small Arms Programme of Action UNPoA

UNPoA Commitment

On 21 July 2001, Armenia 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 Aspects53

UNPoA Implementation Monitor Score

In its UN small arms Programme of Action Implementation Monitor (PoAIM Phase 1), the Small Arms Survey scored Armenia against its commitments to the PoA, then ranked it at No. 10854 55 56 57 among 159 Member States

UNPoA National Reporting

Under the terms of its 2001 commitment to the United Nations small arms Programme of Action, Armenia has submitted one or more national reports58 35 on its implementation of the UNPoA

UNPoA National Point of Contact

In Armenia, a National Point of Contact to deal with issues relating to the UNPoA has been designated59 35

UNPoA National Coordinating Body

In Armenia, a National Coordinating Body to deal with issues relating to the UNPoA has not been designated59 35

UNPoA International Assistance – Donor

Funds for UNPoA implementation have not been donated35 by Armenia to other UN Member States

United Nations Small Arms Register

According to the United Nations Register of Conventional Arms, Armenia has declared60 its small arms exports in one or more annual National Reports on Arms Exports.

United Nations Membership

In the UN List of Member States, Armenia has been a Member State of the United Nations since 199261

Wassenaar Arrangement

The Wassenaar Arrangement on Export Controls and Conventional Arms and Dual-Use Goods and Technologies does not list62 Armenia as a Participating State

BackgroundCountry Profile

Conflict Profile

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

Global Peace Index

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


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