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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 Barbados is

2017: 10,0001
2012: 9,0002 3

Rate of Civilian Firearm Possession per 100 Population

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

2017: 3.501
2012: 3.52 3

Number of Privately Owned Firearms - World Ranking

In a 2007 comparison of the number of privately owned guns in 178 countries, Barbados ranked at No. 1664

Rate of Privately Owned Firearms per 100 Population - World Ranking

In a 2007 comparison of the rate of private gun ownership in 178 countries, Barbados ranked at No. 763

Number of Registered Firearms

ChartThe number of registered guns in Barbados is reported to be

2017: 3,0001
1984: 3,0005

Rate of Registered Firearms per 100 Population

The rate of registered guns per 100 people in Barbados is

1984: 1.176

Estimated Number of Illicit Firearms

Unlawfully held guns cannot be counted, but in Barbados there are estimated to be

2017: 7,0001

Government Guns

Number of Military Firearms

The defence forces of Barbados are reported to have 1,6757 firearms

Number of Law Enforcement Firearms

Police in Barbados are reported to have 2,0008 firearms

ImpactsDeath and Injury

Total Number of Gun Deaths

ChartIn Barbados, annual deaths resulting from firearms total

2013: 129
2012: 9
2011: 1910
2010: 12

Rate of All Gun Deaths per 100,000 People

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

2013: 4.169
2012: 3.13
2011: 6.63
2010: 4.20

Total Number of Male Gun Deaths

ChartIn Barbados, annual male deaths resulting from firearms total

2013: 119
2012: 9
2011: 17
2010: 12

Total Number of Female Gun Deaths

ChartIn Barbados, annual female deaths resulting from firearms total

2013: 19
2012: 0
2011: 2
2010: 0

Homicides (any method)

ChartIn Barbados, annual homicides by any means total

2016: 2811
2015: 3112
2014: 25
2013: 19
2012: 0
2011: 11
2010: 28
2009: 1913 14 15 16 17
2008: 28
2007: 28
2006: 36
2005: 29
2004: 23
2003: 31
2002: 27
2001: 25
2000: 20
1999: 2315
1998: 20
1995: 16

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

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

2015: 10.9112
2014: 8.82
2013: 4.169
2012: 3.13
2011: 6.63
2010: 4.20
2009: 6.8113 14 15 16 17
2008: 10.09
2007: 10.13
2006: 13.09
2005: 10.06
2004: 8.45
2003: 11.45
2002: 10.02
2001: 9.32
2000: 7.49
1999: 8.615
1998: 7.5
1995: 6.1

Male Homicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn Barbados, annual male homicides by any means total

2015: 2818
2014: 22
2013: 19
2012: 0
2011: 10
2010: 18

Female Homicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn Barbados, annual female homicides by any means total

2015: 318
2014: 3
2013: 09
2012: 0
2011: 1
2010: 10

Gun Homicides

ChartIn Barbados, annual firearm homicides total

2013: 09
2012: 0
2011: 4
2010: 7
2008: 1319
2007: 6
2006: 14
2005: 7
2004: 9
2000: 815 19
1999: 915
1998: 7

Rate of Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

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

2013: 09
2012: 0
2011: 1.40
2010: 2.45
2008: 5.119
2007: 2.4
2006: 5.5
2005: 2.7
2004: 3.6
2000: 3.015 19
1999: 3.415
1998: 2.6

Proportion of Homicides Committed With a Gun

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

2013: 36%13
2012: 32%
2011: 47%
2010: 34%
2000: 40.0%15
1999: 39.1%
1998: 35.0%

Male Gun Homicide Victims

ChartIn Barbados, annual male firearm homicides total

2013: 09
2012: 0
2011: 4
2010: 7

Female Gun Homicide Victims

ChartIn Barbados, annual female firearm homicides total

2013: 09
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0

Suicides (any method)

ChartIn Barbados, annual suicides by any means total

2013: 09
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 3
2008: 120
2006: 9
2005: 1
2004: 3
2001: 220 21
2000: 1020

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

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

2013: 09
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 1.05
2008: 0.420
2006: 3.5
2005: 0.4
2004: 1.2
2001: 0.820 22 6
2000: 4.0

Male Suicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn Barbados, annual male suicides by any means total

2013: 09
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 3

Female Suicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn Barbados, annual female suicides by any means total

2013: 09
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0

Gun Suicides

ChartIn Barbados, annual firearm suicides total

2013: 09
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0

Rate of Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

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

2013: 09
2012: 0
2011: 0.010
2010: 0

Male Gun Suicide Victims

ChartIn Barbados, annual male firearm suicides total

2013: 09
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0

Female Gun Suicide Victims

ChartIn Barbados, annual female firearm suicides total

2013: 09
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0

Unintentional Gun Deaths

ChartIn Barbados, annual unintentional shooting deaths total

2013: 09
2012: 0
2011: 110
2010: 0

Rate of Unintentional Gun Death per 100,000 People

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

2013: 4.169
2012: 3.13
2011: 4.88
2010: 1.75

Unintentional Male Gun Deaths

ChartIn Barbados, annual unintentional male shooting deaths total

2013: 09
2012: 0
2011: 1
2010: 0

Unintentional Female Gun Deaths

ChartIn Barbados, annual unintentional female shooting deaths total

2013: 09
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0

Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

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

2013: 129
2012: 9
2011: 1410
2010: 5

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

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

2011: 4.886

Male Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

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

2013: 119
2012: 9
2011: 12
2010: 5

Female Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

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

2013: 19
2012: 0
2011: 2
2010: 0

ProductionGun Industry

Regulation of Firearm Makers

In Barbados, the manufacture of small arms, ammunition and/or their components is permitted only if the maker holds a valid licence23

TransfersGun Trade and Trafficking

Firearm Exports

In Barbados, firearm and ammunition exports are limited by transfer control law24 23

Small Arms Exports (US$) - Customs

The annual value of small arms and ammunition exports from Barbados is reported by Customs to be US$112,61925 (2011)

Firearm Imports

In Barbados, firearm and ammunition imports are limited by transfer control law24 23 26

Small Arms Imports (US$) - Customs

The annual value of small arms and ammunition imports to Barbados is reported by Customs to be US$587,35525 (2011)

Regulation of Arms Brokers

In Barbados, the activities of arms brokers and transfer intermediaries are not specifically regulated by law27

End User Certificates

Customs regulations in Barbados do not include27 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 Barbados is categorised as restrictive28

Firearm Law

Guiding gun control legislation in Barbados includes the Firearms Act 199829

Firearm Regulation Authority

Guns in Barbados are regulated by the Minister responsible for Police Administration30

Right to Possess Firearms

In Barbados, the right to private gun ownership is not guaranteed by law31 32 27

Restricted Firearms and Ammunition

Regulation of Automatic Weapons

In Barbados, private possession of fully automatic weapons is permitted under licence27

Regulation of Semiautomatic Assault Weapons

In Barbados, private possession of semi-automatic assault weapons is permitted under licence27

Regulation of Handguns

In Barbados, private possession of handguns (pistols and revolvers) is permitted under licence27

Gun Ownership and Possession

In Barbados, only licensed gun owners23 33 may lawfully acquire, possess or transfer a firearm or ammunition

Genuine Reason Required for Firearm Possession

Applicants for a gun owner’s licence in Barbados are required to establish a genuine reason to possess a firearm, for example collection33 34 35

Minimum Age for Firearm Possession

The minimum age for gun ownership in Barbados is 25 years36

Gun Owner Background Checks

An applicant for a firearm licence in Barbados must pass a background check which considers criminal, mental health and addiction36 33 records

Reference Required for Firearm Licence

In Barbados, third party character references for each gun licence applicant are not required27

Domestic Violence and Firearms

Where a past history, or apprehended likelihood of family violence exists, the law in Barbados does not stipulate27 that a gun licence should be denied or revoked

Firearm Safety Training

In Barbados, an understanding of firearm safety and the law, tested in a theoretical and/or practical training course is not required27 for a firearm licence

Gun Owner Licensing Period

In Barbados, gun owners must re-apply and re-qualify for their firearm licence every one year37

Limit on Number of Guns

Licensed firearm owners in Barbados are permitted to possess any number of firearms27

Limit on Quantity, Type of Ammunition

Licensed firearm owners in Barbados are permitted to possess any quantity of ammunition27

Firearm Registration

Civilian Gun Registration

In Barbados, the law does not require27 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 Barbados, licensed firearm dealers are required38 39 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 Barbados, the private sale and transfer of firearms is prohibited without permission from the Commissioner40

Regulation of Dealer Gun Sales

In Barbados, dealing in firearms by way of business without a valid gun dealer’s licence is unlawful40 38

Background Checks for Private Gun Sales

The buyer of a firearm in a private sale in Barbados is obliged33 to pass official background checks before taking possession

Background Checks for Dealer Gun Sales

The buyer of a firearm from a licensed gun dealer in Barbados is obliged33 to pass official background checks before taking possession

Waiting Period for Gun Possession

In Barbados, the minimum wait for a lawful firearm purchase to be completed is undetermined27

Regulation of Gun Shows

In Barbados, gun shows and temporary firearm dealing events are not regulated27 in law

Storage and Transport of Guns and Ammunition

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Private

Firearm regulations in Barbados include41 42 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 Barbados include38 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition by licensed arms dealers

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Government

Government regulations in Barbados do not include27 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition by state entities

Firearm and Ammunition Transport Regulations

Regulations in Barbados do not include27 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition while in transit

Marking and Tracing Guns and Ammunition

Firearm Marking

In Barbados, a unique identifying mark on each firearm is not required by law27

Firearm Tracing

In Barbados, state authorities carry out43 recognised arms tracing and tracking procedures

Ballistic Record of Firearms and Ammunition

In Barbados, the ballistic characteristics of each civilian firearm and its ammunition are not27 recorded in a register

Carrying Guns

Carrying Guns Openly in Public

In Barbados, carrying a firearm in plain view in a public place is prohibited44

Penalty for Illicit Firearm Possession

In Barbados, the maximum penalty for unlawful possession of a firearm45 is two years in prison and/or a $5,000 fine46

Collection, Amnesty and Destruction Programmes

Authorities in Barbados are not known to have implemented voluntary firearm surrender schemes, and/or weapon seizure programmes in order to reduce the number of illicit firearms in circulation

Destruction and Disposal Policy

In Barbados, it is not state policy27 to destroy surplus, collected and seized firearms rather than return them to the secondary arms market

MeasuresInternational Controls

Regional Agreements

Organization of American States

On 14 November 1997, as a member of the Organisation of American States (OAS), Barbados 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 ratified47 48 by Barbados

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 signed49 by Barbados.

Arms Trade Treaty

The Arms Trade Treaty has been signed and ratified50 by Barbados

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 ratified51 by Barbados

United Nations Small Arms Programme of Action UNPoA

UNPoA Commitment

On 21 July 2001, Barbados 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 Aspects52

UNPoA Implementation Monitor Score

In its UN small arms Programme of Action Implementation Monitor (PoAIM Phase 1), the Small Arms Survey scored Barbados against its commitments to the PoA, then ranked it at No. 15753 54 55 56 among 159 Member States

UNPoA National Reporting

Under the terms of its 2001 commitment to the United Nations small arms Programme of Action, Barbados has submitted one or more national reports57 26 on its implementation of the UNPoA

UNPoA National Point of Contact

In Barbados, a National Point of Contact to deal with issues relating to the UNPoA has been designated58 26

UNPoA Civil Society Involvement and Support

In National Reports of Barbados submitted to the UN from 2001 to 2010, a history of substantive cooperation with civil society in support of UNPoA activities was not apparent26

UNPoA International Assistance – Donor

Funds for UNPoA implementation have not been donated26 by Barbados to other UN Member States

United Nations Small Arms Register

According to the United Nations Register of Conventional Arms, Barbados has not declared59 its small arms exports in one or more annual National Reports on Arms Exports.

United Nations Membership

In the UN List of Member States, Barbados has been a Member State of the United Nations since 199660

Wassenaar Arrangement

The Wassenaar Arrangement on Export Controls and Conventional Arms and Dual-Use Goods and Technologies does not list61 Barbados as a Participating State

BackgroundCountry Profile

Conflict Profile

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


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