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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 Denmark is

2017: 567,0001
2007: 650,0002

Rate of Civilian Firearm Possession per 100 Population

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

2017: 9.901
2007: 12.02

Number of Privately Owned Rifles

In Denmark, the number of rifles in civilian possession is reported to be 100,0003

Number of Privately Owned Shotguns

In Denmark, the number of shotguns in civilian possession is reported to be 700,0003

Number of Privately Owned Handguns

In Denmark, the number of handguns in civilian possession is reported to be 50,0003

Number of Privately Owned Firearms - World Ranking

In a 2007 comparison of the number of privately owned guns in 178 countries, Denmark ranked at No. 694

Rate of Privately Owned Firearms per 100 Population - World Ranking

In a 2007 comparison of the rate of private gun ownership in 178 countries, Denmark ranked at No. 542

Proportion of Adults Living in a Home With a Gun

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

2015: 7%5

Proportion of Households with Firearms

ChartIn Denmark, the percentage of households with one or more guns is reported to be

2005: 12.6%6
1999/2003: 11.7%

Proportion of Households with Handguns

ChartIn Denmark, the percentage of households with one or more handguns is reported to be

2005: 1.2%6
1999/2003: 1.0%

Number of Licensed Firearm Owners

The number of licensed gun owners in Denmark is reported to be 21,0003

Rate of Licensed Firearm Owners per 100 Population

The rate of licensed firearm owners per 100 people in Denmark is 0.397

Number of Registered Firearms

ChartThe number of registered guns in Denmark is reported to be

2017: 340,0001
1999: 850,0003

Rate of Registered Firearms per 100 Population

The rate of registered guns per 100 people in Denmark is 15.987

Estimated Number of Illicit Firearms

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

2017: 227,0001

Government Guns

Number of Military Firearms

The defence forces of Denmark are reported to have 124,1208 firearms

Number of Law Enforcement Firearms

Police in Denmark are reported to have 20,0009 firearms

ImpactsDeath and Injury

Total Number of Gun Deaths

ChartIn Denmark, annual deaths resulting from firearms total

2014: 8210
2013: 56
2012: 53
2011: 7111 12
2010: 8611 12 13
2009: 7511 12
2008: 6711 12 14 13
2007: 65
2006: 7915
2005: 9211 12 14 13
2004: 99
2003: 70
2002: 96
2001: 8911 12 13
2000: 10211 12 14 13
1999: 101
1998: 87
1997: 116
1996: 101
1995: 102
1994: 113

Rate of All Gun Deaths per 100,000 People

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

2014: 1.4710
2013: 1.01
2012: 0.96
2011: 1.28
2010: 1.56
2009: 1.36
2008: 1.22
2007: 1.19
2006: 1.4515
2005: 1.697
2004: 1.83
2003: 1.30
2002: 1.79
2001: 1.66
2000: 1.91
1999: 1.90
1998: 1.64
1997: 2.20
1996: 1.92
1995: 1.95
1994: 2.17

Total Number of Male Gun Deaths

ChartIn Denmark, annual male deaths resulting from firearms total

2014: 7810
2013: 55
2012: 50
2011: 68
2010: 81

Total Number of Female Gun Deaths

ChartIn Denmark, annual female deaths resulting from firearms total

2014: 410
2013: 1
2012: 3
2011: 3
2010: 5

Homicides (any method)

ChartIn Denmark, annual homicides by any means total

2016: 4816
2015: 5617
2014: 3810
2013: 20
2012: 18
2011: 43
2010: 42
2009: 47
2008: 54
2007: 39
2006: 29
2005: 53
2004: 43
2003: 65
2002: 56
2001: 52
2000: 58
1999: 5218
1998: 49
1997: 88
1996: 69
1995: 60

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

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

2015: 0.9917
2014: 1.4710
2013: 1.01
2012: 0.96
2011: 1.28
2010: 1.56
2009: 0.9
2008: 1.0
2007: 0.7
2006: 0.5
2005: 1.0
2004: 0.8
2003: 1.2
2002: 1.0
2001: 1.0
2000: 1.1
1999: 1.018
1998: 0.9
1997: 1.7
1996: 1.3
1995: 1.1
1993: 1.2119

Male Homicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn Denmark, annual male homicides by any means total

2015: 3320
2014: 1910
2013: 14
2012: 11
2011: 31
2010: 23

Female Homicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn Denmark, annual female homicides by any means total

2015: 2320
2014: 1910
2013: 6
2012: 7
2011: 12
2010: 19

Gun Homicides

ChartIn Denmark, annual firearm homicides total

2014: 610
2013: 5
2012: 321
2011: 12
2010: 11
2009: 911 22 18
2008: 6
2007: 6
2006: 12
2005: 9
2004: 1011
2003: 6
2002: 13
2001: 17
2000: 1511 18
1999: 13
1998: 11
1997: 16
1996: 15
1995: 14
1994: 1611

Rate of Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

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

2014: 0.1110
2013: 0.09
2012: 0.05
2011: 0.22
2010: 0.20
2009: 0.1611 7 18
2008: 0.11
2007: 0.11
2006: 0.22
2005: 0.17
2004: 0.1911
2003: 0.11
2002: 0.24
2001: 0.32
2000: 0.2811 18
1999: 0.24
1998: 0.21
1997: 0.30
1996: 0.29
1995: 0.27
1994: 0.3111
1993: 0.2323

Proportion of Homicides Committed With a Gun

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

2011: 34%22
2010: 26%
2009: 26%22
2008: 11%
2007: 18%
2006: 28%
2005: 21%
2000: 24.118
1999: 21.2%
1998: 28.6%
1997: 21.6%
1996: 31.9%
1995: 23.3%

Male Gun Homicide Victims

ChartIn Denmark, annual male firearm homicides total

2015: 510
2014: 5
2013: 4
2012: 1
2011: 9
2010: 7

Female Gun Homicide Victims

ChartIn Denmark, annual female firearm homicides total

2015: 110
2014: 1
2013: 1
2012: 2
2011: 3
2010: 4

Handgun Homicides

ChartIn Denmark, annual handgun homicides total

2012: 311
2011: 7
2010: 5
2009: 5
2008: 2
2007: 3
2006: 1
2005: 4
2004: 2
2002: 2
2001: 5
2000: 2
1999: 1
1998: 2
1997: 1
1996: 3
1995: 5
1994: 2

Rate of Handgun Homicide per 100,000 People

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

2012: 0.0511
2011: 0.13
2010: 0.09
2009: 0.09
2008: 0.04
2007: 0.06
2006: 0.02
2005: 0.07
2004: 0.04
2002: 0.04
2001: 0.09
2000: 0.04
1999: 0.02
1998: 0.04
1997: 0.02
1996: 0.06
1995: 0.10
1994: 0.04

Long Gun Homicides

ChartIn Denmark, annual long gun homicides total

2011: 311
2010: 5
2009: 2
2008: 1
2007: 3
2006: 2
2005: 2
2004: 2
2003: 6
2002: 6
2001: 9
2000: 9
1999: 7
1998: 6
1997: 4
1996: 3
1995: 6
1994: 13

Rate of Long Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

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

2011: 0.0511
2010: 0.09
2009: 0.04
2008: 0.02
2007: 0.06
2006: 0.04
2005: 0.04
2004: 0.04
2003: 0.11
2002: 0.11
2001: 0.17
2000: 0.17
1999: 0.13
1998: 0.11
1997: 0.08
1996: 0.06
1995: 0.11
1994: 0.25

Gun Homicides (Other)

ChartIn Denmark, annual gun homicides (other) total

2011: 211
2010: 1
2009: 2
2008: 3
2006: 9
2005: 3
2004: 6
2002: 5
2001: 3
2000: 4
1999: 5
1998: 3
1997: 11
1996: 9
1995: 3
1994: 1

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

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

2011: 0.0411
2010: 0.02
2009: 0.04
2008: 0.06
2006: 0.17
2005: 0.06
2004: 0.11
2002: 0.09
2001: 0.06
2000: 0.07
1999: 0.09
1998: 0.06
1997: 0.21
1996: 0.17
1995: 0.06
1994: 0.02

Suicides (any method)

ChartIn Denmark, annual suicides by any means total

2014: 62910
2013: 610
2012: 661
2011: 589
2010: 563
1996: 89224

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

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

2014: 11.2910
2013: 10.98
2012: 11.92
2011: 10.65
2010: 10.21
1996: 16.6324
1993: 22.3325

Male Suicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn Denmark, annual male suicides by any means total

2014: 46910
2013: 450
2012: 494
2011: 437
2010: 405

Female Suicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn Denmark, annual female suicides by any means total

2014: 16010
2013: 160
2012: 167
2011: 152
2010: 158

Gun Suicides

ChartIn Denmark, annual firearm suicides total

2014: 7510
2013: 50
2012: 4912 21
2011: 5912
2010: 74
2009: 66
2008: 58
2007: 48
2006: 63
2005: 80
2004: 83
2003: 59
2002: 73
2001: 71
2000: 82
1999: 85
1998: 72
1997: 98
1996: 80
1995: 83
1994: 93

Rate of Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

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

2014: 1.3510
2013: 0.90
2012: 0.88
2011: 1.07
2010: 1.34
2009: 1.20
2008: 1.07
2007: 0.88
2006: 1.16
2005: 1.48
2004: 1.54
2003: 1.1
2002: 1.36
2001: 1.33
2000: 1.54
1999: 1.6
1998: 1.36
1997: 1.85
1996: 1.52
1995: 1.59
1994: 1.79
1993: 2.2526

Male Gun Suicide Victims

ChartIn Denmark, annual male firearm suicides total

2014: 7210
2013: 50
2012: 48
2011: 59
2010: 73

Female Gun Suicide Victims

ChartIn Denmark, annual female firearm suicides total

2014: 310
2013: 0
2012: 1
2011: 0
2010: 1

Handgun Suicides

ChartIn Denmark, annual handgun suicides total

2012: 712
2011: 18
2010: 12
2009: 16
2008: 16
2007: 15
2006: 5
2005: 18
2004: 17
2003: 13
2002: 23
2001: 11
2000: 13
1999: 18
1998: 12
1997: 21
1996: 19
1995: 19
1994: 15

Rate of Handgun Suicide per 100,000 People

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

2012: 0.1312
2011: 0.32
2010: 0.22
2009: 0.29
2008: 0.29
2007: 0.28
2006: 0.09
2005: 0.33
2004: 0.31
2003: 0.24
2002: 0.43
2001: 0.21
2000: 0.24
1999: 0.34
1998: 0.23
1997: 0.40
1996: 0.36
1995: 0.36
1994: 0.29

Long Gun Suicides

ChartIn Denmark, the number of long gun suicides is

2012: 3512
2011: 40
2010: 55
2009: 46
2008: 40
2007: 32
2006: 51
2005: 53
2004: 53
2003: 43
2002: 38
2001: 54
2000: 63
1999: 61
1998: 50
1997: 70
1996: 58
1995: 61
1994: 70

Rate of Long Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

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

2012: 0.6312
2011: 0.72
2010: 0.99
2009: 0.83
2008: 0.73
2007: 0.59
2006: 0.94
2005: 0.98
2004: 0.98
2003: 0.80
2002: 0.71
2001: 1.01
2000: 1.18
1999: 1.15
1998: 0.94
1997: 1.32
1996: 1.10
1995: 1.17
1994: 1.34

Gun Suicides (Other)

ChartIn Denmark, annual gun suicides (other) total

2012: 712
2011: 1
2010: 7
2009: 4
2008: 2
2007: 1
2006: 7
2005: 9
2004: 13
2003: 3
2002: 12
2001: 6
2000: 6
1999: 6
1998: 10
1997: 7
1996: 3
1995: 3
1994: 8

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

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

2012: 0.1312
2011: 0.02
2010: 0.13
2009: 0.07
2008: 0.04
2007: 0.02
2006: 0.13
2005: 0.17
2004: 0.24
2003: 0.06
2002: 0.22
2001: 0.11
2000: 0.11
1999: 0.11
1998: 0.19
1997: 0.13
1996: 0.06
1995: 0.06
1994: 0.15

Unintentional Gun Deaths

ChartIn Denmark, annual unintentional shooting deaths total

2014: 010
2013: 1
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2008: 214
2007: 10
2006: 2
2005: 1
2004: 2
2003: 2
2002: 8
2000: 1
1999: 1
1998: 1
1997: 1
1996: 4
1995: 2
1994: 2

Rate of Unintentional Gun Death per 100,000 People

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

2014: 0.0210
2013: 0.02
2012: 0.02
2011: 0
2010: 0.02
2008: 0.0414
2007: 0.18
2006: 0.04
2005: 0.02
2004: 0.04
2003: 0.04
2002: 0.15
2000: 0.02
1999: 0.02
1998: 0.02
1997: 0.02
1996: 0.08
1995: 0.04
1994: 0.04
1993: 0.0427

Unintentional Male Gun Deaths

ChartIn Denmark, annual unintentional male shooting deaths total

2014: 010
2013: 1
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0

Unintentional Female Gun Deaths

ChartIn Denmark, annual unintentional female shooting deaths total

2014: 010
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0

Unintentional Handgun Deaths

ChartIn Denmark, annual unintentional shooting deaths by handgun total

2007: 314
2002: 1
1999: 1
1997: 1
1995: 1
1994: 1

Rate of Unintentional Handgun Death per 100,000 People

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

2007: 0.0614
2002: 0.02
1999: 0.02
1997: 0.02
1995: 0.02
1994: 0.02

Unintentional Long Gun Deaths

ChartIn Denmark, annual unintentional shooting deaths by long gun total

2008: 214
2007: 7
2006: 2
2005: 1
2004: 2
2003: 1
2002: 6
2000: 1
1998: 1
1996: 4
1995: 1

Rate of Unintentional Long Gun Death per 100,000 People

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

2008: 0.0414
2007: 0.01
2006: 0.04
2005: 0.02
2004: 0.04
2003: 0.02
2002: 0.11
2000: 0.02
1998: 0.02
1996: 0.08
1995: 0.02

Unintentional Gun Deaths (Other)

ChartIn Denmark, annual unintentional shooting deaths by firearm (other) total

2003: 114
2002: 1
1994: 1

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

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

2003: 0.0214
2002: 0.02
1994: 0.02

Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

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

2014: 110
2013: 0
2012: 113 21
2011: 0
2010: 113
2008: 1
2007: 1
2006: 2
2005: 2
2004: 4
2003: 3
2002: 2
2001: 1
2000: 4
1999: 2
1998: 3
1997: 1
1996: 2
1995: 3
1994: 2

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

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

2012: 0.0213 7
2010: 0.0213
2008: 0.02
2007: 0.02
2006: 0.04
2005: 0.04
2004: 0.07
2003: 0.06
2002: 0.04
2001: 0.02
2000: 0.08
1999: 0.04
1998: 0.06
1997: 0.02
1996: 0.04
1995: 0.06
1994: 0.04
1993: 0.0828

Male Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

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

2014: 110
2013: 0
2012: 1
2011: 0
2010: 1

Female Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

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

2014: 010
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0

Handgun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

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

2010: 113
2008: 1
2004: 1
2003: 2
2002: 1
2001: 1
2000: 2
1999: 1
1998: 1
1997: 1
1996: 1

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

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

2010: 0.0213
2008: 0.02
2004: 0.02
2003: 0.04
2002: 0.02
2001: 0.02
2000: 0.04
1999: 0.02
1998: 0.02
1997: 0.02
1996: 0.02

Long Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

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

2012: 113
2007: 1
2006: 2
2005: 2
2004: 1
2000: 2
1999: 1
1996: 1
1995: 3
1994: 2

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

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

2012: 0.0213
2007: 0.02
2006: 0.04
2005: 0.04
2004: 0.02
2000: 0.04
1999: 0.02
1996: 0.02
1995: 0.06
1994: 0.04

Gun Deaths (Other) from Undetermined Cause

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

2004: 213
2003: 1
2002: 1
1998: 2

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

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

2004: 0.0413
2003: 0.02
2002: 0.02
1998: 0.04

ProductionGun Industry

Regulation of Firearm Makers

In Denmark, the manufacture of small arms, ammunition and/or their components is permitted only if the maker holds a valid licence29

Small Arms Manufacture - World Ranking

In a classification of the world's small, medium and major firearm manufacturers, Denmark was ranked 'small'30

TransfersGun Trade and Trafficking

Firearm Exports

In Denmark, firearm and ammunition exports are limited by transfer control law31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39

Small Arms Exports (US$) - Customs

The annual value of small arms and ammunition exports from Denmark is reported by Customs to be US$4,940,70540 (2011)41 42

Small Arms Exports - World Ranking

In a comparison of the world's major/mid-level/minor/unknown small arms exporters, Denmark was categorized as 'major'43 44 45

Firearm Imports

In Denmark, firearm and ammunition imports are limited by transfer control law31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38

Small Arms Imports (US$) - Customs

The annual value of small arms and ammunition imports to Denmark is reported by Customs to be US$33,128,87940 (2011)46 47 48 49

Smuggling Guns and Ammunition

Reports suggest that the level of firearm and ammunition smuggling in Denmark is moderate3

Regulation of Arms Brokers

In Denmark, the activities of arms brokers and transfer intermediaries are specifically regulated by law50 34 51 52

End User Certificates

Customs regulations in Denmark do not include32 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, Denmark scored

2018: 13.5053
2016: 12.7554
2014: 14.7555
2013: 15.5056
2012: 16.5057
2011: 14.7558
2010: 16.5059
2009: 16.2560
2008: 16.7561
2007: 15.5062
2006: 14.0063
2005: 14.0064
2004: 13.7565

MeasuresGun Regulation

Firearm Regulation - Guiding Policy

The regulation of guns in Denmark is categorised as restrictive66

Firearm Law

Guiding gun control legislation in Denmark includes the Weapons Act No. 735 of 11 August 1994, the Order on Weapons and Ammunition,67 the Weapons and Explosives Act No. 1005 of 22 October 2012,31 50 the War Material Act No. 1004 of 22 October 2012,29 the Council Directive of 18 June 1991 on Control of the Acquisition and Possession of Weapons,68 69 the European Union Firearms Regulation of 2012 and the Common Position on the Control of Arms Brokering of 200370

Firearm Regulation Authority

Guns in Denmark are regulated by the Minister of Justice,3 and the European Commission69

Right to Possess Firearms

In Denmark, the right to private gun ownership is not guaranteed by law71 72

Restricted Firearms and Ammunition

In Denmark, civilians are not allowed to possess automatic firearms, firearms disguised as other objects, and armour-piercing, incendiary and expanding ammunition73 74

Regulation of Automatic Weapons

In Denmark, private possession of fully automatic weapons is prohibited73 74

Regulation of Semiautomatic Assault Weapons

In Denmark, private possession of semi-automatic assault weapons is permitted only with special authorisation75 76 74

Regulation of Handguns

In Denmark, private possession of handguns (pistols and revolvers) is permitted only with special authorisation73 75 76 74

Gun Ownership and Possession

In Denmark, only licensed gun owners77 73 75 may lawfully acquire, possess or transfer a firearm or ammunition

Genuine Reason Required for Firearm Possession

Applicants for a gun owner’s licence in Denmark are required to establish a genuine reason to possess a firearm, for example hunting, target shooting, collection78

Minimum Age for Firearm Possession

The minimum age for gun ownership in Denmark is 18 years78

Gun Owner Background Checks

An applicant for a firearm licence in Denmark must pass a background check which considers criminal and mental health78 records

Licensing Records

In Denmark, authorities maintain a record79 of individual civilians licensed to acquire, possess, sell or transfer a firearm or ammunition

Limit on Quantity, Type of Ammunition

Licensed firearm owners in Denmark are permitted to possess only ammunition suitable for the intended firearm80

Firearm Registration

Civilian Gun Registration

In Denmark, the law requires79 81 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 Denmark, licensed firearm dealers are required79 81 to keep a record of each firearm or ammunition purchase, sale or transfer on behalf of a regulating authority

Gun Manufacturer Record Keeping

In Denmark, licensed gun makers are required29 79 to keep a record of each firearm produced, for inspection by a regulating authority

State-Owned Firearm Records

In Denmark, State agencies are required79 82 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 Denmark, dealing in firearms by way of business without a valid gun dealer’s licence is unlawful83 76

Storage and Transport of Guns and Ammunition

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Private

Firearm regulations in Denmark include3 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of private firearms and ammunition by licensed gun owners

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Government

Government regulations in Denmark include82 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition by state entities

Firearm and Ammunition Transport Regulations

Regulations in Denmark include3 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition while in transit

Marking and Tracing Guns and Ammunition

Firearm Marking

In Denmark, a unique identifying mark on each firearm is required by law29 84 85 86 87

Firearm Tracing

In Denmark, state authorities carry out88 89 86 81 recognised arms tracing and tracking procedures

Penalty for Illicit Firearm Possession

In Denmark, the maximum penalty for unlawful possession of a firearm90 is four months to two years in prison50 67 91

Collection, Amnesty and Destruction Programmes

Firearms Surrendered and Seized

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

2013: 9,43592
2009/14: 7,04993

Destruction and Disposal Policy

In Denmark, it is state policy94 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, Denmark 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 Parliament95 96

European Union Export Reporting

Under the European Union Common Position on Arms Exports, Denmark 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 Denmark has submitted one or more national reports97 on its arms transfers

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 signed in 200898 by Denmark.

Arms Trade Treaty

The Arms Trade Treaty has been signed and ratified99 by Denmark

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 ratified100 by Denmark

United Nations Small Arms Programme of Action UNPoA

UNPoA Commitment

On 21 July 2001, Denmark 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 Aspects101

UNPoA Implementation Monitor Score

In its UN small arms Programme of Action Implementation Monitor (PoAIM Phase 1), the Small Arms Survey scored Denmark against its commitments to the PoA, then ranked it at No. 48102 103 104 105 among 159 Member States

UNPoA National Reporting

Under the terms of its 2001 commitment to the United Nations small arms Programme of Action, Denmark has submitted one or more national reports106 107 on its implementation of the UNPoA

UNPoA National Point of Contact

In Denmark, a National Point of Contact to deal with issues relating to the UNPoA has been designated108 107

UNPoA National Coordinating Body

In Denmark, a National Coordinating Body to deal with issues relating to the UNPoA has not been designated108 107

UNPoA Civil Society Involvement and Support

In National Reports of Denmark submitted to the UN from 2001 to 2010, a history of substantive cooperation with civil society in support of UNPoA activities was apparent107

UNPoA International Assistance – Donor

Funds for UNPoA implementation have been donated107 by Denmark to other UN Member States

United Nations Small Arms Register

According to the United Nations Register of Conventional Arms, Denmark has declared109 its small arms exports in one or more annual National Reports on Arms Exports.

United Nations Membership

In the UN List of Member States, Denmark has been a Member State of the United Nations since 1945110

Wassenaar Arrangement

The Wassenaar Arrangement on Export Controls and Conventional Arms and Dual-Use Goods and Technologies lists111 Denmark as a Participating State

BackgroundCountry Profile

Conflict Profile

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

Global Peace Index

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


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