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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 Dominica is

2017: 5,0001

Rate of Civilian Firearm Possession per 100 Population

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

2017: 6.201

Government Guns

Number of Law Enforcement Firearms

Police in Dominica are reported to have 6002 firearms

ImpactsDeath and Injury

Total Number of Gun Deaths

ChartIn Dominica, annual deaths resulting from firearms total

2014: 13
2013: 3
2012: 2
2011: 1
2010: 5

Rate of All Gun Deaths per 100,000 People

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

2014: 1.363
2013: 4.09
2012: 2.74
2011: 1.37
2010: 6.87

Total Number of Male Gun Deaths

ChartIn Dominica, annual male deaths resulting from firearms total

2014: 13
2013: 3
2012: 2
2011: 1
2010: 5

Total Number of Female Gun Deaths

ChartIn Dominica, annual female deaths resulting from firearms total

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

Homicides (any method)

ChartIn Dominica, annual homicides by any means total

2014: 83
2013: 14
2012: 8
2011: 5
2010: 16
2009: 134 5 6 7 8
2008: 7
2007: 7
2006: 5
2005: 8
2004: 8
2003: 8
2002: 10
2001: 1
2000: 2
1999: 79
1998: 9

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

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

2014: 1.363
2013: 4.09
2012: 2.74
2011: 1.37
2010: 6.87
2009: 18.314 5 6 7 8
2008: 9.88
2007: 9.89
2006: 7.07
2005: 11.34
2004: 11.38
2003: 11.42
2002: 14.33
2001: 1.44
2000: 2.87
1999: 9.7510 6
1998: 12.17
1997: 5.56
1995: 5.5

Male Homicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn Dominica, annual male homicides by any means total

2014: 63
2013: 12
2012: 7
2011: 5
2010: 14

Female Homicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn Dominica, annual female homicides by any means total

2014: 23
2013: 2
2012: 1
2011: 0
2010: 211

Gun Homicides

ChartIn Dominica, annual firearm homicides total

2014: 13
2013: 3
2012: 2
2011: 1
2010: 5
1998: 19

Rate of Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

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

2014: 1.363
2013: 4.09
2012: 2.74
2011: 1.37
2010: 6.87
1998: 1.43

Proportion of Homicides Committed With a Gun

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

2013: 17%4
2012: 33%
2011: 17%4 12
2010: 27%4

Male Gun Homicide Victims

ChartIn Dominica, annual male firearm homicides total

2015: 13
2014: 1
2013: 3
2012: 2
2011: 1
2010: 5

Female Gun Homicide Victims

ChartIn Dominica, annual female firearm homicides total

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

Suicides (any method)

ChartIn Dominica, annual suicides by any means total

2014: 33
2013: 1
2012: 2
2011: 5
2010: 3
2009: 613 14
2008: 6
2007: 2
2006: 4
2005: 4
2004: 2
2003: 2
2002: 2
2001: 5
2000: 2

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

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

2014: 4.083
2013: 1.36
2012: 2.74
2011: 6.85
2010: 4.12
2009: 8.113 14
2008: 8.213 15
2007: 2.7
2006: 5.6
2005: 5.6
2004: 2.8
2003: 2.8
2002: 2.8
2001: 7.0
2000: 2.8

Male Suicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn Dominica, annual male suicides by any means total

2014: 33
2013: 1
2012: 2
2011: 4
2010: 3

Female Suicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn Dominica, annual female suicides by any means total

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

Gun Suicides

ChartIn Dominica, annual firearm suicides total

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

Rate of Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

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

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

Male Gun Suicide Victims

ChartIn Dominica, annual male firearm suicides total

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

Female Gun Suicide Victims

ChartIn Dominica, annual female firearm suicides total

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

Unintentional Gun Deaths

ChartIn Dominica, annual unintentional shooting deaths total

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

Rate of Unintentional Gun Death per 100,000 People

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

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

Unintentional Male Gun Deaths

ChartIn Dominica, annual unintentional male shooting deaths total

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

Unintentional Female Gun Deaths

ChartIn Dominica, annual unintentional female shooting deaths total

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

Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

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

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

Male Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

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

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

Female Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

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

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

ProductionGun Industry

Regulation of Firearm Makers

In Dominica, the manufacture of small arms, ammunition and/or their components is permitted only if the maker holds a valid licence16 17

TransfersGun Trade and Trafficking

Firearm Exports

In Dominica, firearm and ammunition exports are limited by transfer control law18

Small Arms Exports (US$) - Customs

The annual value of small arms and ammunition exports from Dominica is reported by Customs to be US$37619 (2008)

Firearm Imports

In Dominica, firearm and ammunition imports are limited by transfer control law18 20

Small Arms Imports (US$) - Customs

The annual value of small arms and ammunition imports to Dominica is reported by Customs to be US$104,99819 (2011)

Regulation of Arms Brokers

In Dominica, the activities of arms brokers and transfer intermediaries are not specifically regulated by law21

End User Certificates

Customs regulations in Dominica do not include21 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 Dominica is categorised as restrictive22

Firearm Law

Guiding gun control legislation in Dominica includes the Firearms Act No. 3 of 201123 24 25 26

Firearm Regulation Authority

Guns in Dominica are regulated by the Commissioner of Police and the Minister responsible for Security27

Right to Possess Firearms

In Dominica, the right to private gun ownership is not guaranteed by law28 29

Restricted Firearms and Ammunition

In Dominica, civilians are not allowed to possess automatic firearms, or any firearm with a shortened barrel30 27

Regulation of Automatic Weapons

In Dominica, private possession of fully automatic weapons is prohibited30 12

Regulation of Semiautomatic Assault Weapons

In Dominica, private possession of semi-automatic assault weapons is permitted under licence30 27 31

Regulation of Handguns

In Dominica, private possession of handguns (pistols and revolvers) is permitted under licence30 27 31 32 12

Law Regulates Long Guns

In Dominica, civilian possession of rifles and shotguns is regulated by law30 33 27 32 12

Gun Ownership and Possession

In Dominica, only licensed gun owners31 34 35 36 37 33 38 39 32 40 12 may lawfully acquire, possess or transfer a firearm or ammunition

Genuine Reason Required for Firearm Possession

Applicants for a gun owner’s licence in Dominica are required to establish a genuine reason to possess a firearm35 36 41

Minimum Age for Firearm Possession

The minimum age for gun ownership in Dominica is 18 years42 43

Gun Owner Background Checks

An applicant for a firearm licence in Dominica must pass a background check which considers criminal, mental health and addiction27 42 12 records

Reference Required for Firearm Licence

In Dominica, third party character references for each gun licence applicant are not required21

Partner to be Advised or Interviewed

In Dominica, licensing authorities are not required21 to conduct interviews with, or to advise an applicant's spouse, partner, or next of kin before issuing a gun licence

Domestic Violence and Firearms

Where a past history, or apprehended likelihood of family violence exists, the law in Dominica does not stipulate21 that a gun licence should be denied or revoked

Firearm Safety Training

In Dominica, an understanding of firearm safety and the law, tested in a theoretical and/or practical training course is required35 for a firearm licence

Gun Owner Licensing Period

In Dominica gun owners are licensed for an indefinite period or until the licence is revoked or otherwise terminated44

Licensing Records

In Dominica, authorities maintain a record45 of individual civilians licensed to acquire, possess, sell or transfer a firearm or ammunition

Limit on Number of Guns

Licensed firearm owners in Dominica are permitted to possess any number of firearms21

Limit on Quantity, Type of Ammunition

Licensed firearm owners in Dominica are permitted to possess any quantity of ammunition21

Firearm Registration

Civilian Gun Registration

In Dominica, the law requires45 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 Dominica, licensed firearm dealers are required20 to keep a record of each firearm or ammunition purchase, sale or transfer on behalf of a regulating authority

Gun Manufacturer Record Keeping

In Dominica, licensed gun makers are required20 to keep a record of each firearm produced, for inspection by a regulating authority

Gun Sales and Transfers

Regulation of Private Gun Sales

In Dominica, the private sale and transfer of firearms is prohibited16

Regulation of Dealer Gun Sales

In Dominica, dealing in firearms by way of business without a valid gun dealer’s licence is unlawful20 46 16 47 43 48 17 41

Waiting Period for Gun Possession

In Dominica, the minimum wait for a lawful firearm purchase to be completed is undetermined21

Regulation of Gun Shows

In Dominica, gun shows and temporary firearm dealing events are not regulated21 in law

Storage and Transport of Guns and Ammunition

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Private

Firearm regulations in Dominica include35 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 Dominica include35 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition by licensed arms dealers

Firearm and Ammunition Transport Regulations

Regulations in Dominica do not include21 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition while in transit

Marking and Tracing Guns and Ammunition

Firearm Marking

In Dominica, a unique identifying mark on each firearm is required by law45

Firearm Tracing

In Dominica, state authorities carry out49 recognised arms tracing and tracking procedures

Ballistic Record of Firearms and Ammunition

In Dominica, the ballistic characteristics of each civilian firearm and its ammunition are not21 recorded in a register

Carrying Guns

Law Regulates Firearms in Public

In Dominica, carrying a gun in a public place is regulated by law37 50 51 12

Carrying Guns Openly in Public

In Dominica, carrying a firearm in plain view in a public place is allowed, subject to a valid permit37 50 51 12

Carrying Hidden Handguns in Public

In Dominica, carrying a concealed firearm in a public place is allowed, subject to a valid permit37 50 51 12

Penalty for Illicit Firearm Possession

In Dominica, the maximum penalty for unlawful possession of a firearm52 is 10 years in prison and a fine31 30 20 18 50 46 16 17 53

Collection, Amnesty and Destruction Programmes

Authorities in Dominica are not known to have54 implemented voluntary firearm surrender schemes, and/or weapon seizure programmes in order to reduce the number of illicit firearms in circulation

MeasuresInternational Controls

Regional Agreements

Organization of American States

On 14 November 1997, as a member of the Organisation of American States (OAS), Dominica 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 ratified55 56 by Dominica

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 signed57 by Dominica.

Arms Trade Treaty

The Arms Trade Treaty has been signed and ratified58 by Dominica

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 ratified59 by Dominica

United Nations Small Arms Programme of Action UNPoA

UNPoA Commitment

On 21 July 2001, Dominica 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 Aspects60

UNPoA National Reporting

Under the terms of its 2001 commitment to the United Nations small arms Programme of Action, Dominica has yet to submit a national report61 62 on its implementation of the UNPoA

UNPoA National Point of Contact

In Dominica, a National Point of Contact to deal with issues relating to the UNPoA has not been designated62

UNPoA National Coordinating Body

In Dominica, a National Coordinating Body to deal with issues relating to the UNPoA has not been designated62

UNPoA Civil Society Involvement and Support

In National Reports of Dominica submitted to the UN from 2001 to 2010, a history of substantive cooperation with civil society in support of UNPoA activities was not apparent62

UNPoA International Assistance – Donor

Funds for UNPoA implementation have not been donated62 by Dominica to other UN Member States

United Nations Small Arms Register

According to the United Nations Register of Conventional Arms, Dominica has not declared63 its small arms exports in one or more annual National Reports on Arms Exports.

United Nations Membership

In the UN List of Member States, Dominica has been a Member State of the United Nations since 197864

Wassenaar Arrangement

The Wassenaar Arrangement on Export Controls and Conventional Arms and Dual-Use Goods and Technologies does not list65 Dominica as a Participating State

BackgroundCountry Profile

Conflict Profile

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


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