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Civilian Guns

Number of Privately Owned Firearms

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

2017: 1,323,0001
2013: 883,6862 3 4
2012: 865,265
2011: 848,280
2010: 840,661
2005: 1,600,0005

Rate of Civilian Firearm Possession per 100 Population

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

2017: 12.501
2013: 8.336 7 4
2012: 8.17
2011: 8.02
2010: 7.97
2005: 16.35

Number of Privately Owned Rifles

In the Czech Republic, the number of rifles in civilian possession is reported to be 137,2668

Number of Privately Owned Shotguns

In the Czech Republic, the number of shotguns in civilian possession is reported to be 9,6548

Number of Privately Owned Handguns

In the Czech Republic, the number of handguns in civilian possession is reported to be 136,0898

Number of Privately Owned Firearms - World Ranking

In a 2007 comparison of the number of privately owned guns in 178 countries, the Czech Republic ranked at No. 429

Rate of Privately Owned Firearms per 100 Population - World Ranking

In a 2007 comparison of the rate of private gun ownership in 178 countries, the Czech Republic ranked at No. 385

Proportion of Adults Living in a Home With a Gun

In the Czech Republic, the percentage of adults living in a household with a firearm is reported to be

2015: 6%10

Proportion of Households with Firearms

In the Czech Republic, the percentage of households with one or more guns is reported to be

1992: 5.2%11

Proportion of Households with Rifles

In the Czech Republic, the percentage of households with one or more rifles is reported to be

1992: 1.2%11

Proportion of Households with Shotguns

In the Czech Republic, the percentage of households with one or more shotguns is reported to be

1992: 3.0%11

Proportion of Households with Handguns

In the Czech Republic, the percentage of households with one or more handguns is reported to be

1992: 1.8%11

Number of Licensed Firearm Owners

ChartThe number of licensed gun owners in the Czech Republic is reported to be

2017: 303,00012
2016: 297,96613
1999: 180,1708

Rate of Licensed Firearm Owners per 100 Population

ChartThe rate of licensed firearm owners per 100 people in the Czech Republic is

2017: 2.846
2016: 2.79
1999: 1.75

Number of Registered Firearms

ChartThe number of registered guns in the Czech Republic is reported to be

2017: 806,8951 12
2013: 736,40514
2012: 721,05415
2011: 706,90016
2010: 700,55117
2005: 632,0005

Rate of Registered Firearms per 100 Population

ChartThe rate of registered guns per 100 people in the Czech Republic is

2013: 6.946
2012: 6.81
2011: 6.69
2010: 6.64
2005: 6.16

Estimated Number of Illicit Firearms

ChartUnlawfully held guns cannot be counted, but in the Czech Republic there are estimated to be

2017: 616,1051
2013: 147,2812 18 4
2012: 144,211
2011: 141,380
2010: 140,110

Estimated Rate of Illicit Firearms per 100 Population

ChartUnlawfully held guns cannot be counted, but in the Czech Republic the rate of illicit firearms per 100 people is estimated to be

2013: 1.396
2012: 1.36
2011: 1.34
2010: 1.33

Government Guns

Number of Military Firearms

The defence forces of the Czech Republic are reported to have 157,23319 firearms

Number of Law Enforcement Firearms

Police in the Czech Republic are reported to have 76,00020 firearms

ImpactsDeath and Injury

Total Number of Gun Deaths

ChartIn the Czech Republic, annual deaths resulting from firearms total

2015: 18821
2014: 19122 23 24 25
2013: 208
2012: 21322 23 24 25 26
2011: 22422 23 24 25
2010: 18527
2009: 17922 23 24 25
2008: 191
2007: 193
2006: 220
2005: 188
2004: 208
2003: 249
2002: 223
2001: 254
2000: 232
1999: 259
1998: 235
1997: 226
1996: 227
1995: 243
1994: 214

Rate of All Gun Deaths per 100,000 People

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

2015: 1.7721
2014: 1.80
2013: 1.96
2012: 2.01
2011: 2.12
2010: 1.75
2009: 1.706
2008: 1.83
2007: 1.86
2006: 2.14
2005: 1.83
2004: 2.03
2003: 2.43
2002: 2.18
2001: 2.48
2000: 2.26
1999: 2.52
1998: 2.28
1997: 2.19
1996: 2.20
1995: 2.35
1994: 2.07

Total Number of Male Gun Deaths

ChartIn the Czech Republic, annual male deaths resulting from firearms total

2015: 17221
2014: 182
2013: 195
2012: 200
2011: 208
2010: 172

Total Number of Female Gun Deaths

ChartIn the Czech Republic, annual female deaths resulting from firearms total

2015: 1621
2014: 9
2013: 13
2012: 13
2011: 16
2010: 13

Homicides (any method)

ChartIn the Czech Republic, annual homicides by any means total

2015: 8921
2014: 79
2013: 92
2012: 91
2011: 88
2010: 87
2009: 94
2008: 114
2007: 126
2006: 130
2005: 108
2004: 134
2003: 163
2002: 149
2001: 142
2000: 181
1999: 17228
1998: 174
1997: 187
1996: 173
1995: 176

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

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

2015: 1.7721
2014: 1.80
2013: 1.96
2012: 2.01
2011: 2.12
2010: 1.75
2009: 0.9
2008: 1.129 28 30
2007: 1.2
2006: 1.3
2005: 1.1
2004: 1.3
2003: 1.6
2002: 1.5
2001: 1.4
2000: 1.8
1999: 1.728 30
1998: 1.7
1997: 1.8
1996: 1.7
1995: 1.7

Male Homicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn the Czech Republic, annual male homicides by any means total

2015: 5521
2014: 48
2013: 46
2012: 51
2011: 55
2010: 44

Female Homicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn the Czech Republic, annual female homicides by any means total

2015: 3421
2014: 31
2013: 46
2012: 40
2011: 33
2010: 43

Gun Homicides

ChartIn the Czech Republic, annual firearm homicides total

2015: 1421
2014: 1322
2013: 17
2012: 16
2011: 17
2010: 13
2009: 1822 29 28
2008: 16
2007: 20
2006: 19
2005: 16
2004: 1822 28
2003: 37
2002: 3922
2001: 36
2000: 36
1999: 46
1998: 60
1997: 36
1996: 44
1995: 44
1994: 42

Rate of Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

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

2015: 0.1321
2014: 0.12
2013: 0.16
2012: 0.15
2011: 0.16
2010: 0.12
2009: 0.1722 6 28
2008: 0.15
2007: 0.19
2006: 0.19
2005: 0.16
2004: 0.1822 28
2003: 0.36
2002: 0.3822
2001: 0.35
2000: 0.35
1999: 0.45
1998: 0.58
1997: 0.35
1996: 0.43
1995: 0.43
1994: 0.41

Proportion of Homicides Committed With a Gun

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

2012: 10%29 31
2011: 11%29
2010: 6%
2009: 15%
2008: 15%
2007: 14%
2006: 12%
2005: 14%
2004: 13.7%28
2003: 19.8%

Male Gun Homicide Victims

ChartIn the Czech Republic, annual male firearm homicides total

2015: 921
2014: 9
2013: 9
2012: 10
2011: 9
2010: 7

Female Gun Homicide Victims

ChartIn the Czech Republic, annual female firearm homicides total

2015: 421
2014: 4
2013: 8
2012: 6
2011: 8
2010: 6

Handgun Homicides

ChartIn the Czech Republic, annual handgun homicides total

2014: 722
2013: 11
2012: 7
2011: 9
2010: 7
2009: 12
2008: 14
2007: 10
2006: 12
2005: 7
2004: 6
2003: 19
2002: 20
2001: 16
2000: 18
1999: 29
1998: 40
1997: 15
1996: 26
1995: 15
1994: 35

Rate of Handgun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn the Czech Republic, the annual rate of handgun homicide per 100,000 population is

2014: 0.0722
2013: 0.10
2012: 0.07
2011: 0.09
2010: 0.07
2009: 0.11
2008: 0.13
2007: 0.10
2006: 0.12
2005: 0.07
2004: 0.06
2003: 0.19
2002: 0.20
2001: 0.16
2000: 0.18
1999: 0.28
1998: 0.39
1997: 0.15
1996: 0.25
1995: 0.15
1994: 0.34

Long Gun Homicides

ChartIn the Czech Republic, annual long gun homicides total

2012: 122
2011: 1
2009: 3
2008: 1
2007: 1
2006: 2
2005: 1
2004: 2
2003: 3
2002: 2
2001: 1
2000: 1
1998: 4
1997: 4
1996: 1
1995: 3
1994: 1

Rate of Long Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn the Czech Republic, the annual rate of long gun homicide per 100,000 population is

2012: 0.0122
2011: 0.01
2009: 0.03
2008: 0.01
2007: 0.01
2006: 0.02
2005: 0.01
2004: 0.02
2003: 0.03
2002: 0.02
2001: 0.01
2000: 0.01
1998: 0.04
1997: 0.04
1996: 0.01
1995: 0.03
1994: 0.01

Gun Homicides (Other)

ChartIn the Czech Republic, annual gun homicides (other) total

2014: 622
2013: 6
2012: 8
2011: 7
2010: 6
2009: 3
2008: 1
2007: 9
2006: 5
2005: 8
2004: 10
2003: 15
2002: 17
2001: 19
2000: 17
1999: 17
1998: 16
1997: 17
1996: 17
1995: 26
1994: 6

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

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

2014: 0.0622
2013: 0.06
2012: 0.08
2011: 0.07
2010: 0.06
2009: 0.03
2008: 0.01
2007: 0.09
2006: 0.05
2005: 0.08
2004: 0.10
2003: 0.15
2002: 0.17
2001: 0.18
2000: 0.17
1999: 0.17
1998: 0.16
1997: 0.17
1996: 0.16
1995: 0.25
1994: 0.06

Suicides (any method)

ChartIn the Czech Republic, annual suicides by any means total

2015: 1,38421
2014: 1,488
2013: 1,573
2012: 1,647
2011: 1,589
2010: 1,502
1999: 1,61032

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

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

2015: 1321
2014: 14
2013: 14.83
2012: 15.55
2011: 15.03
2010: 14.24
1999: 15.7332

Male Suicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn the Czech Republic, annual male suicides by any means total

2015: 1,13021
2014: 1,195
2013: 1,291
2012: 1,370
2011: 1,337
2010: 1,245

Female Suicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn the Czech Republic, annual female suicides by any means total

2015: 25421
2014: 293
2013: 282
2012: 277
2011: 252
2010: 257

Gun Suicides

ChartIn the Czech Republic, annual firearm suicides total

2015: 15721
2014: 16223
2013: 175
2012: 17423 26
2011: 18623
2010: 146
2009: 122
2008: 130
2007: 146
2006: 164
2005: 139
2004: 159
2003: 204
2002: 161
2001: 193
2000: 174
1999: 185
1998: 147
1997: 156
1996: 159
1995: 172
1994: 142

Rate of Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

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

2015: 1.4721
2014: 1.52
2013: 1.65
2012: 1.64
2011: 1.76
2010: 1.38
2009: 1.16
2008: 1.25
2007: 1.41
2006: 1.6
2005: 1.36
2004: 1.56
2003: 2.0
2002: 1.58
2001: 1.88
2000: 1.69
1999: 1.8
1998: 1.43
1997: 1.51
1996: 1.54
1995: 1.66
1994: 1.37

Male Gun Suicide Victims

ChartIn the Czech Republic, annual male firearm suicides total

2015: 14921
2014: 159
2013: 171
2012: 167
2011: 180
2010: 139

Female Gun Suicide Victims

ChartIn the Czech Republic, annual female firearm suicides total

2015: 821
2014: 3
2013: 4
2012: 7
2011: 6
2010: 7

Handgun Suicides

ChartIn the Czech Republic, annual handgun suicides total

2014: 9323
2013: 114
2012: 68
2011: 89
2010: 59
2009: 56
2008: 54
2007: 64
2006: 71
2005: 60
2004: 58
2003: 76
2002: 62
2001: 58
2000: 68
1999: 77
1998: 54
1997: 45
1996: 43
1995: 49
1994: 54

Rate of Handgun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn the Czech Republic, the annual rate of handgun suicide per 100,000 population is

2014: 0.8823
2013: 1.08
2012: 0.65
2011: 0.85
2010: 0.56
2009: 0.53
2008: 0.52
2007: 0.62
2006: 0.69
2005: 0.59
2004: 0.57
2003: 0.75
2002: 0.61
2001: 0.56
2000: 0.66
1999: 0.75
1998: 0.52
1997: 0.44
1996: 0.42
1995: 0.47
1994: 0.52

Long Gun Suicides

ChartIn the Czech Republic, the number of long gun suicides is

2014: 2823
2013: 20
2012: 13
2011: 14
2010: 15
2009: 10
2008: 22
2007: 23
2006: 17
2005: 16
2004: 24
2003: 22
2002: 14
2001: 26
2000: 18
1999: 26
1998: 15
1997: 16
1996: 15
1995: 18
1994: 19

Rate of Long Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn the Czech Republic, the annual rate of long gun suicide per 100,000 population is

2014: 0.2723
2013: 0.19
2012: 0.12
2011: 0.13
2010: 0.14
2009: 0.10
2008: 0.21
2007: 0.22
2006: 0.17
2005: 0.16
2004: 0.24
2003: 0.22
2002: 0.14
2001: 0.25
2000: 0.18
1999: 0.25
1998: 0.15
1997: 0.16
1996: 0.15
1995: 0.17
1994: 0.18

Gun Suicides (Other)

ChartIn the Czech Republic, annual gun suicides (other) total

2014: 4123
2013: 41
2012: 93
2011: 83
2010: 72
2009: 56
2008: 54
2007: 59
2006: 76
2005: 63
2004: 77
2003: 106
2002: 85
2001: 109
2000: 88
1999: 82
1998: 78
1997: 95
1996: 101
1995: 105
1994: 69

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

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

2014: 0.3923
2013: 0.39
2012: 0.88
2011: 0.79
2010: 0.68
2009: 0.53
2008: 0.52
2007: 0.57
2006: 0.74
2005: 0.62
2004: 0.75
2003: 1.04
2002: 0.83
2001: 1.06
2000: 0.86
1999: 0.80
1998: 0.76
1997: 0.92
1996: 0.98
1995: 1.02
1994: 0.67

Unintentional Gun Deaths

ChartIn the Czech Republic, annual unintentional shooting deaths total

2015: 621
2014: 724
2013: 5
2012: 924 26
2011: 1224
2010: 10
2009: 14
2008: 12
2007: 10
2006: 6
2005: 10
2004: 10
2003: 3
2002: 15
2001: 13
2000: 7
1999: 17
1998: 14
1997: 25
1996: 17
1995: 12
1994: 13

Rate of Unintentional Gun Death per 100,000 People

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

2015: 0.1021
2014: 0.08
2013: 0.10
2012: 0.13
2011: 0.09
2010: 0.15
2009: 0.13
2008: 0.12
2007: 0.1
2006: 0.06
2005: 0.1
2004: 0.1
2003: 0.03
2002: 0.15
2001: 0.13
2000: 0.07
1999: 0.17
1998: 0.14
1997: 0.24
1996: 0.16
1995: 0.12
1994: 0.13

Unintentional Male Gun Deaths

ChartIn the Czech Republic, annual unintentional male shooting deaths total

2015: 521
2014: 7
2013: 5
2012: 9
2011: 10
2010: 10

Unintentional Female Gun Deaths

ChartIn the Czech Republic, annual unintentional female shooting deaths total

2015: 121
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 2
2010: 0

Unintentional Handgun Deaths

ChartIn the Czech Republic, annual unintentional shooting deaths by handgun total

2014: 424
2013: 1
2012: 7
2011: 3
2010: 4
2009: 8
2008: 8
2007: 4
2006: 5
2005: 4
2004: 3
2002: 9
2001: 8
2000: 2
1999: 10
1998: 6
1997: 14
1996: 10
1995: 8
1994: 3

Rate of Unintentional Handgun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn the Czech Republic, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death by handgun per 100,000 population is

2014: 0.0424
2013: 0.01
2012: 0.07
2011: 0.03
2010: 0.04
2009: 0.08
2008: 0.08
2007: 0.04
2006: 0.05
2005: 0.04
2004: 0.03
2002: 0.09
2001: 0.08
2000: 0.02
1999: 0.10
1998: 0.06
1997: 0.14
1996: 0.10
1995: 0.08
1994: 0.03

Unintentional Long Gun Deaths

ChartIn the Czech Republic, annual unintentional shooting deaths by long gun total

2014: 224
2013: 2
2011: 2
2010: 1
2009: 3
2008: 2
2007: 2
2005: 3
2004: 4
2003: 2
2002: 4
2001: 1
2000: 1
1999: 2
1998: 2
1997: 4
1996: 4
1995: 1
1994: 4

Rate of Unintentional Long Gun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn the Czech Republic, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death by long gun per 100,000 population is

2014: 0.0224
2013: 0.02
2011: 0.02
2010: 0.01
2009: 0.03
2008: 0.02
2007: 0.02
2005: 0.03
2004: 0.04
2003: 0.02
2002: 0.04
2001: 0.01
2000: 0.01
1999: 0.02
1998: 0.02
1997: 0.04
1996: 0.04
1995: 0.01
1994: 0.04

Unintentional Gun Deaths (Other)

ChartIn the Czech Republic, annual unintentional shooting deaths by firearm (other) total

2014: 124
2013: 2
2012: 2
2011: 7
2010: 5
2009: 3
2008: 2
2007: 4
2006: 1
2005: 3
2004: 3
2003: 1
2002: 2
2001: 4
2000: 4
1999: 5
1998: 6
1997: 7
1996: 3
1995: 3
1994: 6

Rate of Unintentional Gun Death (Other) per 100,000 People

ChartIn the Czech Republic, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death by firearm (other) per 100,000 population is

2014: 0.0124
2013: 0.02
2012: 0.02
2011: 0.07
2010: 0.05
2009: 0.03
2008: 0.02
2007: 0.04
2006: 0.01
2005: 0.03
2004: 0.03
2003: 0.01
2002: 0.02
2001: 0.04
2000: 0.04
1999: 0.05
1998: 0.06
1997: 0.07
1996: 0.03
1995: 0.03
1994: 0.06

Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

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

2015: 1121
2014: 925
2013: 11
2012: 1425 26
2011: 925
2010: 16
2009: 25
2008: 33
2007: 17
2006: 31
2005: 23
2004: 21
2003: 5
2002: 8
2001: 12
2000: 15
1999: 11
1998: 14
1997: 9
1996: 7
1995: 15
1994: 17

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

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

2014: 0.0925
2013: 0.10
2012: 0.13
2011: 0.09
2010: 0.15
2009: 0.24
2008: 0.32
2007: 0.16
2006: 0.30
2005: 0.22
2004: 0.21
2003: 0.05
2002: 0.08
2001: 0.12
2000: 0.15
1999: 0.11
1998: 0.14
1997: 0.09
1996: 0.07
1995: 0.15
1994: 0.16

Male Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

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

2015: 921
2014: 7
2013: 10
2012: 14
2011: 9
2010: 16

Female Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

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

2015: 221
2014: 2
2013: 1
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0

Handgun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn the Czech Republic, annual deaths by handgun in which the cause remains undecided total

2014: 425
2013: 4
2012: 4
2011: 2
2010: 7
2009: 13
2008: 24
2007: 13
2006: 20
2005: 6
2004: 11
2002: 2
2001: 9
2000: 9
1999: 8
1998: 10
1997: 5
1996: 4
1995: 11
1994: 6

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

ChartIn the Czech Republic, the annual rate of unknown-cause handgun deaths per 100,000 population is

2014: 0.0425
2013: 0.04
2012: 0.04
2011: 0.02
2010: 0.07
2009: 0.12
2008: 0.23
2007: 0.13
2006: 0.19
2005: 0.06
2004: 0.11
2002: 0.02
2001: 0.09
2000: 0.09
1999: 0.08
1998: 0.10
1997: 0.05
1996: 0.04
1995: 0.11
1994: 0.06

Long Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

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

2013: 225
2012: 2
2010: 2
2009: 4
2008: 4
2007: 3
2006: 6
2005: 10
2004: 5
2001: 1
1999: 1
1998: 1
1996: 2
1995: 1
1994: 1

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

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

2013: 0.0225
2012: 0.02
2010: 0.02
2009: 0.04
2008: 0.04
2007: 0.03
2006: 0.06
2005: 0.10
2004: 0.05
2001: 0.01
1999: 0.01
1998: 0.01
1996: 0.02
1995: 0.01
1994: 0.01

Gun Deaths (Other) from Undetermined Cause

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

2014: 525
2013: 5
2012: 8
2011: 7
2010: 7
2009: 8
2008: 5
2007: 1
2006: 5
2005: 7
2004: 5
2003: 5
2002: 6
2001: 2
2000: 6
1999: 2
1998: 3
1997: 4
1996: 1
1995: 3
1994: 10

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

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

2014: 0.0525
2013: 0.05
2012: 0.08
2011: 0.07
2010: 0.07
2009: 0.08
2008: 0.05
2007: 0.01
2006: 0.05
2005: 0.07
2004: 0.05
2003: 0.05
2002: 0.06
2001: 0.02
2000: 0.06
1999: 0.02
1998: 0.03
1997: 0.04
1996: 0.01
1995: 0.03
1994: 0.10

ProductionGun Industry

Regulation of Firearm Makers

In the Czech Republic, the manufacture of small arms, ammunition and/or their components is permitted only if the maker holds a valid licence33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41

Small Arms Manufacture - World Ranking

In a classification of the world's small, medium and major firearm manufacturers, the Czech Republic was ranked 'medium'42

TransfersGun Trade and Trafficking

Firearm Exports

In the Czech Republic, firearm and ammunition exports are limited by transfer control law43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51

Firearm Exports (Number)

ChartThe annual number of firearms exported from the Czech Republic is reported by manufacturers to be

2017: 65,44152
2016: 46,194
2015: 49,766
2014: 123,545
2013: 116,585
2012: 44,751
2011: 43,859
2010: 5,653
2009: 12,977
2008: 10,830
2007: 32,577
2006: 1,987

Small Arms Exports (US$) - Customs

ChartThe annual value of small arms and ammunition exports from the Czech Republic is reported by Customs to be US$

2016: 170,031,68353
2015: 148,481,381
2014: 150,051,123
2013: 147,430,402
2012: 109,955,35853 54 55
2011: 96,925,12856
2010: 12,000,00057
2001: 64,000,00054

Small Arms Exports - World Ranking

In a comparison of the world's major/mid-level/minor/unknown small arms exporters, the Czech Republic was categorized as 'major'58 59 60 q11037} 61

Firearm Imports

In the Czech Republic, firearm and ammunition imports are limited by transfer control law62 63 44 45 46 47 48 49 50

Firearm Imports (Number)

ChartThe annual number of firearms imported to the Czech Republic is reported to be

2017: 3,35252
2016: 3,878
2015: 12,924
2014: 12,000
2013: 23,156
2012: 15,088
2011: 56,088
2010: 1,138
2009: 6,529
2008: 4,168
2007: 5,312
2006: 5,777

Small Arms Imports (US$) - Customs

ChartThe annual value of small arms and ammunition imports to the Czech Republic is reported by Customs to be US$

2016: 28,433,88653
2015: 23,234,975
2014: 29,658,098
2013: 29,470,985
2012: 24,604,60953 64 65
2011: 16,170,59356 66
2010: 20,000,00067

Smuggling Guns and Ammunition

Reports suggest that the level of firearm and ammunition smuggling in the Czech Republic is low8

Regulation of Arms Brokers

In the Czech Republic, the activities of arms brokers and transfer intermediaries are specifically regulated by law68 69 46 70 71

End User Certificates

Customs regulations in the Czech Republic include43 68 certification of the intended end user of any small arms or ammunition transfer, and/or a written declaration of its intended end use

Transparency of Small Arms Transfers

ChartIn its annual Small Arms Trade Transparency Barometer, the Small Arms Survey compares public reporting among major arms exporting nations on a scale from strong to weak (25 to zero). In recent years, the Czech Republic scored

2018: 15.2572
2016: 12.7573
2014: 14.5074
2013: 14.7575
2012: 14.0076
2011: 15.0077
2010: 13.5078
2009: 13.0079
2008: 13.7580
2007: 14.2581
2006: 14.2582
2005: 14.2583
2004: 11.0084

MeasuresGun Regulation

Firearm Regulation - Guiding Policy

The regulation of guns in the Czech Republic is categorised as restrictive85

Firearm Law

Guiding gun control legislation in the Czech Republic includes the Act on Firearms and Ammunition of 2014,86 the Firearms Act No. 119/2002, the Act No. 156/2000 on the proof of firearms, ammunition and pyrotechnic objects, the Act No. 228/2005 on control of trade in products, Act No. 227/2017 on securing weapons through transport,87 the Act No. 38/1994 on regulation of foreign trade with military material,69 the Council Directive of 18 June 1991 on Control of the Acquisition and Possession of Weapons,88 89 the European Union Firearms Regulation of 2012, the Common Position on the Control of Arms Brokering of 2003,90 and the Convention of 1 July 1969 on Reciprocal Recognition of Proofmarks on Small Arms91

Firearm Regulation Authority

Guns in the Czech Republic are regulated by the Ministry of the Interior,8 the Police,92 and the European Commission89

Right to Possess Firearms

In the Czech Republic, the right to private gun ownership is not guaranteed by law93 94

Restricted Firearms and Ammunition

In the Czech Republic, civilians are not allowed to possess military weapons, automatic firearms, firearms disguised as other objects, and armour-piercing, incendiary and expanding ammunition95 96 97 98 99

Regulation of Automatic Weapons

In the Czech Republic, private possession of fully automatic weapons is prohibited, with only narrow exceptions95 97 96 98 99 31

Regulation of Semiautomatic Assault Weapons

In the Czech Republic, private possession of semi-automatic assault weapons is permitted only with authorisation95 100 101 102 103 99

Regulation of Handguns

In the Czech Republic, private possession of handguns (pistols and revolvers) is permitted only with authorisation95 97 100 98 102 103 99 31

Law Regulates Long Guns

In the Czech Republic, civilian possession of rifles and shotguns is regulated by law95 97 100 101 31

Gun Ownership and Possession

In the Czech Republic, only licensed gun owners104 105 106 107 108 109 110 111 112 113 114 98 102 31 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 Czech Republic are required to establish a genuine reason to possess a firearm, for example hunting, target shooting, collection, personal protection, security106 107 115 116

Minimum Age for Firearm Possession

The minimum age for gun ownership in the Czech Republic is between 15 and 21 years117 116

Gun Owner Background Checks

An applicant for a firearm licence in the Czech Republic must pass a background check which considers health, mental health, criminal and addiction118 119 110 120 116 31 records

Firearm Safety Training

In the Czech Republic, an understanding of firearm safety and the law, tested in a theoretical and/or practical training course is required110 121 122 for a firearm licence

Gun Owner Licensing Period

In the Czech Republic, gun owners must re-apply and re-qualify for their firearm licence every ten years115

Licensing Records

In the Czech Republic, authorities maintain a record123 124 125 126 127 128 of individual civilians licensed to acquire, possess, sell or transfer a firearm or ammunition

Limit on Quantity, Type of Ammunition

Licensed firearm owners in the Czech Republic are permitted to possess only ammunition suitable for the licensed firearm112 129

Firearm Registration

Civilian Gun Registration

In the Czech Republic, the law requires123 124 125 130 131 132 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 Czech Republic, licensed firearm dealers are required125 131 132 to keep a record of each firearm or ammunition purchase, sale or transfer on behalf of a regulating authority

Gun Manufacturer Record Keeping

In the Czech Republic, licensed gun makers are required125 131 to keep a record of each firearm produced, for inspection by a regulating authority

State-Owned Firearm Records

In the Czech Republic, State agencies are required131 130 133 to maintain records of the storage and movement of all firearms and ammunition under their control

Gun Sales and Transfers

Regulation of Dealer Gun Sales

In the Czech Republic, dealing in firearms by way of business without a valid gun dealer’s licence is unlawful33 34 35 36 37 38 39 134 103

Storage and Transport of Guns and Ammunition

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Private

Firearm regulations in the Czech Republic include135 113 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 Czech Republic include135 38 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 Czech Republic include133 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition by state entities

Firearm and Ammunition Transport Regulations

Regulations in the Czech Republic include87 8 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition while in transit

Marking and Tracing Guns and Ammunition

Firearm Marking

In the Czech Republic, a unique identifying mark on each firearm is required by law136 137 41 138

Firearm Tracing

In the Czech Republic, state authorities carry out139 140 137 132 141 recognised arms tracing and tracking procedures

Carrying Guns

Carrying Guns Openly in Public

In the Czech Republic, carrying a firearm in plain view in a public place is allowed, subject to a valid permit (in exceptional circumstances)112 113 31

Carrying Hidden Handguns in Public

In the Czech Republic, carrying a concealed firearm in a public place is allowed, subject to a valid permit (in exceptional circumstances)112 113 31

Penalty for Illicit Firearm Possession

In the Czech Republic, the maximum penalty for unlawful possession of a firearm142 is two years in prison41 143 and/or a fine of up to CZK 50,000144

Collection, Amnesty and Destruction Programmes

Small Arms Destroyed

ChartIn the Czech Republic, the number of firearms destroyed following amnesty, collection and seizure programmes is reported to be

2011: 231145
2010: 182

Destruction and Disposal Policy

In the Czech Republic, it is not state policy146 to destroy surplus, collected and seized firearms rather than return them to the secondary arms market

MeasuresInternational Controls

Regional Agreements

European Union

As a member of the European Union, the Czech Republic is bound by the provisions of the ‘EU Firearms Directive’ – the 2007 Legislative Resolution on Control of the Acquisition and Possession of Weapons of the European Parliament147 148

European Union Export Reporting

Under the European Union Common Position on Arms Exports, the Czech Republic is bound to declare its transfers of military technology and equipment. Independent monitoring provides detailed comparisons of arms export reporting compliance across EU member states, and records that the Czech Republic has submitted one or more national reports149 on its arms transfers

United Nations Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice

The UNCCPCJ, a subsidiary body of the Economic and Social Council mandated to promote action to prevent national and transnational crime, lists150 the Czech Republic as an elected member

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 signed151 by the Czech Republic.

Arms Trade Treaty

The Arms Trade Treaty has been signed and ratified152 by the Czech Republic

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 ratified153 by the Czech Republic

United Nations Small Arms Programme of Action UNPoA

UNPoA Commitment

On 21 July 2001, the Czech Republic 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 Aspects154

UNPoA Implementation Monitor Score

In its UN small arms Programme of Action Implementation Monitor (PoAIM Phase 1), the Small Arms Survey scored the Czech Republic against its commitments to the PoA, then ranked it at No. 7155 156 157 158 among 159 Member States

UNPoA National Reporting

Under the terms of its 2001 commitment to the United Nations small arms Programme of Action, the Czech Republic has submitted one or more national reports159 160 on its implementation of the UNPoA

UNPoA National Point of Contact

In the Czech Republic, a National Point of Contact to deal with issues relating to the UNPoA has been designated161 160

UNPoA National Coordinating Body

In the Czech Republic, a National Coordinating Body to deal with issues relating to the UNPoA has not been designated161 160

UNPoA Civil Society Involvement and Support

In National Reports of the Czech Republic submitted to the UN from 2001 to 2010, a history of substantive cooperation with civil society in support of UNPoA activities was apparent160

UNPoA International Assistance – Donor

Funds for UNPoA implementation have been donated160 by the Czech Republic to other UN Member States

United Nations Small Arms Register

According to the United Nations Register of Conventional Arms, the Czech Republic has declared162 its small arms exports in one or more annual National Reports on Arms Exports.

United Nations Membership

In the UN List of Member States, the Czech Republic has been a Member State of the United Nations since 1993163

Wassenaar Arrangement

The Wassenaar Arrangement on Export Controls and Conventional Arms and Dual-Use Goods and Technologies lists164 the Czech Republic as a Participating State

BackgroundCountry Profile

Conflict Profile

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

Global Peace Index

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


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