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StockpilesGun Numbers

Civilian Guns

Number of Privately Owned Firearms

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

2017: 3,0001

Rate of Civilian Firearm Possession per 100 Population

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

2017: 4.601

Government Guns

Number of Law Enforcement Firearms

Police in Bermuda are reported to have 5002 firearms

ImpactsDeath and Injury

Total Number of Gun Deaths

ChartIn Bermuda, annual deaths resulting from firearms total

2015: 03
2014: 2
2013: 3
2012: 4
2011: 5
2010: 64

Rate of All Gun Deaths per 100,000 People

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

2015: 03
2014: 2.863
2013: 4.32
2012: 5.79
2011: 7.28
2010: 8.79

Total Number of Male Gun Deaths

ChartIn Bermuda, annual male deaths resulting from firearms total

2015: 03
2014: 2
2013: 3
2012: 4
2011: 5
2010: 6

Rate of Male Gun Death per 100,000 People

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

2014: 5.923
2013: 8.93
2012: 11.97
2011: 15.05
2010: 18.17

Total Number of Female Gun Deaths

ChartIn Bermuda, annual female deaths resulting from firearms total

2015: 03
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0

Homicides (any method)

ChartIn Bermuda, annual homicides by any means total

2016: 85
2015: 13
2014: 4
2013: 4
2012: 3
2011: 4
2010: 6
2009: 6
2008: 5
2007: 3
2006: 3
2005: 2
2004: 1
2003: 2
2002: 1
2001: 3
2000: 0
1999: 26
1998: 0
1997: 2
1996: 4

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

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

2016: 11.345
2015: 1.423
2014: 5.73
2013: 5.76
2012: 4.34
2011: 5.82
2010: 8.79
2009: 8.84
2008: 7.42
2007: 4.48
2006: 4.7
2005: 3.1
2004: 1.6
2003: 3.1
2002: 1.6
2001: 4.8
2000: 0.0
1999: 3.26
1998: 0.0
1997: 3.2
1996: 6.5

Male Homicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn Bermuda, annual male homicides by any means total

2016: 87
2015: 13
2014: 3
2013: 4
2012: 3
2011: 3
2010: 6
2009: 5

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

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

2016: 27.247
2015: 2.953
2014: 8.88
2013: 11.90
2012: 8.98
2011: 9.03
2010: 18.17
2009: 16.34

Female Homicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn Bermuda, annual female homicides by any means total

2015: 07
2014: 1
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 1
2010: 0
2009: 1

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

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

2016: 07
2015: 0
2014: 2.773
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 2.82
2010: 0
2009: 2.97

Gun Homicides

ChartIn Bermuda, annual firearm homicides total

2015: 03
2014: 2
2013: 3
2012: 3
2011: 3
2010: 64
2004: 06
2003: 1

Rate of Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

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

2015: 03
2014: 2.863
2013: 4.32
2012: 4.34
2011: 4.37
2010: 8.79
2004: 0.06
2003: 1.6

Proportion of Homicides Committed With a Gun

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

2004: 0.0%6
2003: 50.0%

Male Gun Homicide Victims

ChartIn Bermuda, annual male firearm homicides total

2015: 23
2014: 2
2013: 3
2012: 3
2011: 3
2010: 6

Rate of Male Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

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

2014: 5.923
2013: 8.93
2012: 8.98
2011: 9.03
2010: 18.17

Female Gun Homicide Victims

ChartIn Bermuda, annual female firearm homicides total

2015: 03
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0

Suicides (any method)

ChartIn Bermuda, annual suicides by any means total

2015: 03
2014: 1
2013: 0
2012: 2
2011: 0
2010: 3
2009: 3
2008: 1
2007: 1

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

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

2015: 03
2014: 1.433
2013: 0
2012: 2.90
2011: 0
2010: 4.39
2009: 4.42
2008: 1.48
2007: 1.49

Male Suicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn Bermuda, annual male suicides by any means total

2015: 03
2014: 1
2013: 0
2012: 1
2011: 0
2010: 3
2009: 3
2008: 1

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

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

2014: 2.963
2012: 2.99
2010: 9.09
2009: 9.14
2008: 3.07

Female Suicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn Bermuda, annual female suicides by any means total

2015: 03
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 1
2011: 0
2010: 0
2007: 1

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

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

2012: 2.803
2007: 2.89

Gun Suicides

ChartIn Bermuda, annual firearm suicides total

2015: 03
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0

Rate of Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

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

2015: 03
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0

Male Gun Suicide Victims

ChartIn Bermuda, annual male firearm suicides total

2015: 03
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0

Female Gun Suicide Victims

ChartIn Bermuda, annual female firearm suicides total

2015: 03
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0

Unintentional Gun Deaths

ChartIn Bermuda, annual unintentional shooting deaths total

2015: 03
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 1
2011: 2
2010: 0

Rate of Unintentional Gun Death per 100,000 People

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

2015: 03
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 1.453
2011: 2.91
2010: 0

Unintentional Male Gun Deaths

ChartIn Bermuda, annual unintentional male shooting deaths total

2015: 03
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 1
2011: 2
2010: 0

Rate of Unintentional Male Gun Death per 100,000 People

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

2012: 2.993
2011: 6.02

Unintentional Female Gun Deaths

ChartIn Bermuda, annual unintentional female shooting deaths total

2015: 03
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0

Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

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

2015: 03
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0

Male Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

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

2015: 03
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0

Female Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

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

2015: 03
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0

MeasuresGun Regulation

Right to Possess Firearms

In Bermuda, the right to private gun ownership is not guaranteed by law8 9

Penalty for Illicit Firearm Possession

In Bermuda, the maximum penalty for unlawful possession of a firearm10 is three11 to 10 years in prison12

MeasuresInternational Controls

United Nations Membership

In the UN List of Member States, Bermuda is not a Member State of the United Nations13

Wassenaar Arrangement

The Wassenaar Arrangement on Export Controls and Conventional Arms and Dual-Use Goods and Technologies does not list14 Bermuda as a Participating State


Short References

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Karp, Aaron.2018.‘Civilian Firearms Holdings, 2017.’ Estimating Global Civilian-Held Firearms Numbers.Geneva:Small Arms Survey, the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva,18 June. (Q13434)Full Citation

2.

Karp, Aaron.2018.‘Law Enforcement Firearms Holdings, 2017.’ Estimating Global Law Enforcement Firearms Numbers.Geneva:Small Arms Survey, the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva,18 June. (Q13435)Full Citation

3.

WHO.2016.‘Inter-country Comparison of Mortality for Selected Causes of Death.’ WHO Mortality Data Base.Geneva:World Health Organisation,1 December. (Q13354)Full Citation

4.

Waiselfiz, Julio Jacobo.2015.‘Number and Rate of Gun Deaths in 90 Countries (Número e taxas de mortalidade por AF segundo causa básica em 90 países do mundo).’ Violence Map: Deaths by Firearms (Mapa da Violência: Mortes Matadas por Armas de Fogo).Brasilia:Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales / Latin American Social Sciences Institute,1 January. (Q11896)Full Citation

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UNODC.2017.‘Intentional Homicide Victims.’ Crime and Drugs Data.Vienna:United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime,19 May. (Q13355)Full Citation

6.

UNODC.2013.‘Homicide in 207 Countries - Bermuda.’ Global Study on Homicide 2011: Trends, Context, Data.Vienna:United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime,26 June. (Q6342)Full Citation

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UNODC.2017.‘Intentional Homicide Victims by Sex.’ Crime and Drugs Data.Vienna:UNODC,19 May. (Q13356)Full Citation

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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

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Zachary Elkins, Tom Ginsburg and James Melton. 2013. ‘U.S. Gun Rights Truly Are American Exceptionalism.’ Bloomberg (USA). 7 March. (N422) Full Citation

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GunPolicy.org. 2015. ‘Penalty for Unlawful Firearm Possession.’ Definition and Selection Criteria.
Sydney School of Public Health, 22 January.
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Matthew Taylor. 2006. ‘Fears of Retaliatory Gun Battles.’ Royal Gazette (Bermuda). 26 July. (N167) Full Citation

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Matthew Taylor. 2006. ‘Guns for Hire.’ Royal Gazette (Bermuda). 26 July. (N166) Full Citation

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UN.2013.‘Member States of the United Nations.’ UN.org Web Site.New York, NY:United Nations General Assembly,7 April. (Q290)Full Citation

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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