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Cayman Islands — Gun Facts, Figures and the Law

StockpilesGun Numbers

Civilian Guns

Number of Privately Owned Firearms

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

2017: 6,0001

Number of Licensed Firearm Owners

The number of licensed gun owners in the Cayman Islands is reported to be

2011: 9222

Rate of Licensed Firearm Owners per 100 Population

The rate of licensed firearm owners per 100 people in the Cayman Islands is

2011: 1.793

Number of Registered Firearms

ChartThe number of registered guns in the Cayman Islands is reported to be

2017: 1,5561
2011: 1,5562

Rate of Registered Firearms per 100 Population

The rate of registered guns per 100 people in the Cayman Islands is

2011: 3.023

Estimated Number of Unregistered and Illicit Firearms

Unregistered and unlawfully held guns cannot be counted,4 but in the Cayman Islands there are estimated to be

2017: 4,4441

Government Guns

Number of Law Enforcement Firearms

Police in the Cayman Islands are reported to have 4005 firearms

ImpactsDeath and Injury

Total Number of Gun Deaths

ChartIn the Cayman Islands, annual deaths resulting from firearms total

2013: 46
2010: 77
2009: 6
2008: 1
2007: 1
2000: 18

Rate of All Gun Deaths per 100,000 People

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

2013: 7.446
2010: 13.94
2009: 12.24
2008: 2.09
2007: 2.14
2000: 2.603

Total Number of Male Gun Deaths

ChartIn the Cayman Islands, annual male deaths resulting from firearms total

2013: 46
2010: 7
2009: 6
2008: 1
2007: 1

Rate of Male Gun Death per 100,000 People

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

2013: 15.256
2010: 28.54
2009: 25.04
2008: 4.28
2007: 4.38

Total Number of Female Gun Deaths

ChartIn the Cayman Islands, annual female deaths resulting from firearms total

2013: 06
2010: 0

Homicides (any method)

ChartIn the Cayman Islands, annual homicides by any means total

2014: 59
2013: 56
2010: 9
2009: 810
2008: 410 11
2007: 2
2006: 1
2004: 6
2003: 3
2002: 0
2001: 2
2000: 4
1998: 111

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

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

2014: 9.119
2013: 9.306
2010: 17.93
2009: 16.31
2008: 8.36
2007: 4.28
2006: 2.0
2004: 12.3
2003: 7.4
2002: 0.0
2001: 4.9
2000: 9.6
1998: 2.811
1997: 5.7
1996: 2.9
1995: 8.9312 11

Male Homicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn the Cayman Islands, annual male homicides by any means total

2014: 513
2013: 56
2010: 9
2009: 7
2008: 4
2007: 1

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

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

2013: 19.076
2010: 36.70
2009: 29.22
2008: 17.10
2007: 4.38

Female Homicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn the Cayman Islands, annual female homicides by any means total

2013: 06
2010: 0
2009: 113
2007: 1

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

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

2009: 3.996
2007: 4.19

Gun Homicides

ChartIn the Cayman Islands, annual firearm homicides total

2013: 46
2010: 77
2009: 6

Rate of Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

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

2013: 7.446
2010: 13.94
2009: 12.24

Male Gun Homicide Victims

ChartIn the Cayman Islands, annual male firearm homicides total

2013: 46
2010: 7
2009: 6

Rate of Male Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

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

2013: 15.256
2010: 28.54
2009: 25.04

Female Gun Homicide Victims

ChartIn the Cayman Islands, annual female firearm homicides total

2013: 06
2010: 0

Suicides (any method)

ChartIn the Cayman Islands, annual suicides by any means total

2013: 16
2010: 1

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

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

2013: 1.866
2010: 1.99

Male Suicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn the Cayman Islands, annual male suicides by any means total

2013: 16
2010: 1

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

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

2013: 3.816
2010: 4.08

Female Suicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn the Cayman Islands, annual female suicides by any means total

2013: 06
2010: 0

Gun Suicides

ChartIn the Cayman Islands, annual firearm suicides total

2013: 06
2010: 0

Rate of Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

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

2013: 06
2010: 0

Male Gun Suicide Victims

ChartIn the Cayman Islands, annual male firearm suicides total

2013: 06
2010: 0

Female Gun Suicide Victims

ChartIn the Cayman Islands, annual female firearm suicides total

2013: 06
2010: 0

Unintentional Gun Deaths

ChartIn the Cayman Islands, annual unintentional shooting deaths total

2013: 06
2010: 0
2008: 16
2007: 1
2000: 18

Rate of Unintentional Gun Death per 100,000 People

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

2013: 06
2010: 0
2008: 2.096
2007: 2.14
2000: 2.708

Unintentional Male Gun Deaths

ChartIn the Cayman Islands, annual unintentional male shooting deaths total

2013: 06
2010: 0
2008: 16
2007: 1

Rate of Unintentional Male Gun Death per 100,000 People

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

2008: 4.286
2007: 4.38

Unintentional Female Gun Deaths

ChartIn the Cayman Islands, annual unintentional female shooting deaths total

2013: 06
2010: 0

Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

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

2013: 06
2010: 0
2000: 08

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

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

2000: 0.008

Male Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

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

2013: 06
2010: 0

Female Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

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

2013: 06
2010: 0

ProductionGun Industry

Regulation of Firearm Makers

In the Cayman Islands, the manufacture of small arms, ammunition and/or their components is permitted only if the maker holds a valid licence14 15 16

TransfersGun Trade and Trafficking

Firearm Exports

In the Cayman Islands, firearm and ammunition exports are limited by transfer control law17 16

Small Arms Exports (US$) - Customs

The annual value of small arms and ammunition exports from the Cayman Islands is reported by Customs to be US$5,56318 (2011)

Firearm Imports

In the Cayman Islands, firearm and ammunition imports are limited by transfer control law17 19 16

Small Arms Imports (US$) - Customs

The annual value of small arms and ammunition imports to the Cayman Islands is reported by Customs to be US$68,65018 (2011)

Regulation of Arms Brokers

In the Cayman Islands, the activities of arms brokers and transfer intermediaries are not specifically regulated by law20

End User Certificates

Customs regulations in the Cayman Islands do not include20 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 the Cayman Islands is categorised as permissive21

Firearm Law

Guiding gun control legislation in the Cayman Islands includes the Firearms Law 17 of 196422

Firearm Regulation Authority

Guns in the Cayman Islands are regulated by the Governor in Cabinet, the Commissioner of Police and the District Commissioner of Police23 24

Right to Possess Firearms

In the Cayman Islands, the right to private gun ownership is not guaranteed by law25 26 20

Restricted Firearms and Ammunition

In the Cayman Islands, civilians are not allowed to possess machine guns, sub-machine guns, automatic firearms, sawn-off shotguns, and converted imitation firearms15 27 28

Regulation of Automatic Weapons

In the Cayman Islands, private possession of fully automatic weapons is prohibited28

Regulation of Semiautomatic Assault Weapons

In the Cayman Islands, private possession of semi-automatic assault weapons is prohibited28

Regulation of Handguns

In the Cayman Islands, private possession of handguns (pistols and revolvers) is permitted under licence20 28

Gun Ownership and Possession

In the Cayman Islands, only licensed gun owners29 16 may lawfully acquire, possess or transfer a firearm or ammunition

Genuine Reason Required for Firearm Possession

Applicants for a gun owner’s licence in the Cayman Islands are not required to establish a genuine reason to possess a firearm20

Gun Owner Background Checks

An applicant for a firearm licence in the Cayman Islands must pass a background check which considers criminal and mental health27 24 records

Reference Required for Firearm Licence

In the Cayman Islands, third party character references for each gun licence applicant are required24

Domestic Violence and Firearms

Where a past history, or apprehended likelihood of family violence exists, the law in the Cayman Islands does not stipulate20 that a gun licence should be denied or revoked

Firearm Safety Training

In the Cayman Islands, an understanding of firearm safety and the law, tested in a theoretical and/or practical training course is not required20 for a firearm licence

Gun Owner Licensing Period

In the Cayman Islands, gun owners must re-apply and re-qualify for their firearm licence every three years30

Limit on Number of Guns

Licensed firearm owners in the Cayman Islands are permitted to possess any number of firearms20

Limit on Quantity, Type of Ammunition

Licensed firearm owners in the Cayman Islands are permitted to possess any quantity of ammunition20

Firearm Registration

Civilian Gun Registration

In the Cayman Islands, the law does not require20 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 the Cayman Islands, licensed firearm dealers are required31 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 the Cayman Islands, the private sale and transfer of firearms is prohibited without a Firearm Disposal Permit32

Regulation of Dealer Gun Sales

In the Cayman Islands, dealing in firearms by way of business without a valid gun dealer’s licence is unlawful32 16

Waiting Period for Gun Possession

In the Cayman Islands, the minimum wait for a lawful firearm purchase to be completed is undetermined20

Regulation of Gun Shows

In the Cayman Islands, gun shows and temporary firearm dealing events are not regulated20 in law

Storage and Transport of Guns and Ammunition

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Private

Firearm regulations in the Cayman Islands do not include20 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 the Cayman Islands do not include20 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition by licensed arms dealers

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Government

Government regulations in the Cayman Islands do not include20 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition by state entities

Firearm and Ammunition Transport Regulations

Regulations in the Cayman Islands do not include20 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition while in transit

Marking and Tracing Guns and Ammunition

Firearm Tracing

In the Cayman Islands, state authorities carry out33 recognised arms tracing and tracking procedures

Ballistic Record of Firearms and Ammunition

In the Cayman Islands, the ballistic characteristics of each civilian firearm and its ammunition are not20 33 recorded in a register

Carrying Guns

Carrying Guns Openly in Public

In the Cayman Islands, carrying a firearm in plain view in a public place is allowed, subject to a valid permit34 35

Carrying Hidden Handguns in Public

In the Cayman Islands, carrying a concealed firearm in a public place is allowed, subject to a valid permit34 35

Gun Free Zones

In the Cayman Islands, private guns are prohibited in any public place specified by the Governor and published in the Gazette36

Penalty for Illicit Firearm Possession

In the Cayman Islands, the maximum penalty for unlawful possession of a firearm37 is 20 years in prison and a $100,000 fine29

Collection, Amnesty and Destruction Programmes

Authorities in the Cayman Islands are known to have33 implemented voluntary firearm surrender schemes, and/or weapon seizure programmes in order to reduce the number of illicit firearms in circulation

Surrendered in Gun Amnesty

In the Cayman Islands, the number of firearms voluntarily surrendered in recent arms amnesty and collection programmes is reported to be 2633 (2010)

MeasuresInternational Controls

United Nations Membership

In the UN List of Member States, the Cayman Islands are not a Member State of the United Nations38

Wassenaar Arrangement

The Wassenaar Arrangement on Export Controls and Conventional Arms and Dual-Use Goods and Technologies does not list39 the Cayman Islands as a Participating State


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