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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 England & Wales is

2017: 2,731,0001
2007: 3,400,0002

Rate of Civilian Firearm Possession per 100 Population

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

2017: 4.61
2007: 6.22

Number of Privately Owned Rifles

ChartIn England & Wales, the number of rifles in civilian possession is reported to be

2020: 353,0093
2019: 346,054
2018: 335,162
2017: 325,564
2016: 539,1944
2012: 477,8885
2011: 464,839
2010: 451,131
2009: 435,383
2006: 368,600
2005: 358,300
2004: 342,200
2003: 316,700
2002: 311,000
2001: 301,000
2000: 296,800
1999: 296,400
1998: 295,000
1997: 305,000
1996: 418,300
1995: 413,600
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Number of Privately Owned Shotguns

ChartIn England & Wales, the number of shotguns in civilian possession is reported to be

2020: 1,383,7776
2019: 1,375,556
2018: 1,359,368
2017: 1,349,099
2016: 1,331,56364
2015: 1,338,399
2014: 1,329,376
2013: 1,333,701
2012: 1,328,6477
2011: 1,336,701
2010: 1,358,522
2009: 1,366,082
2006: 1,360,800
2005: 1,384,000
2004: 1,372,700
2003: 1,314,600
2002: 1,325,400
2001: 1,307,600
2000: 1,320,900
1999: 1,327,800
1998: 1,343,100
1997: 1,343,900
1996: 1,335,000
1995: 1,325,800
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Number of Privately Owned Handguns

ChartIn England & Wales, the number of handguns in civilian possession is reported to be

2020: 26,8113
2019: 26,833
2018: 25,502
2017: 25,957

Number of Privately Owned Firearms - World Ranking

In a 2007 comparison of the number of privately owned guns in 178 countries, England & Wales ranked at No. 228

Rate of Privately Owned Firearms per 100 Population - World Ranking

In a 2007 comparison of the rate of private gun ownership in 178 countries, England & Wales ranked at No. 882

Proportion of Households with Firearms

ChartIn England & Wales, the percentage of households with one or more guns is reported to be

2005: 6.1%9
1999/2003: 3.1%
1995/98: 3.9%
1992: 4.4%10
1992/94: 4.2%9
1989: 4.7%

Proportion of Households with Rifles

In England & Wales, the percentage of households with one or more rifles is reported to be

1992: 0.6%10

Proportion of Households with Shotguns

In England & Wales, the percentage of households with one or more shotguns is reported to be

1992: 3.1%10

Proportion of Households with Handguns

ChartIn England & Wales, the percentage of households with one or more handguns is reported to be

2005: 0.5%9
1999/2003: 0.1%
1995/98: 0.5%
1992/94: 0.6%9 10
1989: 0.4%

Number of Licensed Firearm Owners

ChartThe number of licensed gun owners in England & Wales is reported to be

2020: 726,84111612
2019: 732,233
2018: 724,628
2017: 716,371
2016: 720,419
2015: 736,097
2014: 734,336
2013: 718,421
2012: 705,8621167 5
2011: 706,109
2010: 722,505
2009: 713,674
2008: 677,735
2006: 691,500
2005: 698,800
2004: 692,000
2003: 676,700
2002: 680,400
2001: 696,800
2000: 727,900
1999: 758,000
1998: 759,500
1997: 756,700
1996: 779,900
1995: 795,500
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Rate of Licensed Firearm Owners per 100 Population

ChartThe rate of licensed firearm owners per 100 people in England & Wales is

2014: 1.2813
2012: 1.25

Number of Registered Firearms

ChartThe number of registered guns in England & Wales is reported to be

2020: 1,988,697611
2019: 1,972,217
2018: 1,936,915
2017: 1,908,4011
2016: 1,870,757
2015: 1,863,524
2014: 1,837,243
2013: 1,831,749
2012: 1,806,5357 5
2011: 1,801,540
2010: 1,809,653
2009: 1,801,465
2006: 1,729,400
2005: 1,742,300
2004: 1,714,900
2003: 1,625,600
2002: 1,642,100
2001: 1,608,600
2000: 1,617,700
1999: 1,624,200
1998: 1,638,100
1997: 1,648,900
1996: 1753,300
1995: 1,739,400

Rate of Registered Firearms per 100 Population

ChartThe rate of registered guns per 100 people in England & Wales is

2019: 3.3213
2018: 3.28
2017: 3.25
2016: 3.20
2015: 3.22
2014: 3.20
2013: 3.22
2012: 3.19
2011: 3.21
2010: 3.25
2009: 3.26
2008: 0.00
2007: 0.00
2006: 3.21
2005: 3.25
2004: 3.23
2003: 3.08
2002: 3.12
2001: 3.07
2000: 3.10
1999: 3.13
1998: 3.17
1997: 3.20
1996: 3.41
1995: 3.39

Estimated Number of Unregistered and Illicit Firearms

Unregistered and unlawfully held guns cannot be counted,14 but in England & Wales there are estimated to be

2017: 860,2651

Estimated Rate of Unregistered and Illicit Firearms per 100 Population

Unregistered and unlawfully held guns cannot be counted,14 but in England & Wales the rate of such firearms per 100 people is estimated to be

2017: 1.4613

Government Guns

Routine Arming of Police

In England & Wales, police officers on routine patrol do not carry a firearm15 16 17

Number of Law Enforcement Firearms

Police in England & Wales are reported to have 28,00018 firearms

ImpactsDeath and Injury

Total Number of Gun Deaths

ChartIn England & Wales, annual deaths resulting from firearms total

2016: 8819
2015: 108
2014: 96
2013: 122
2012: 100
2011: 114
2010: 125
2009: 118
2008: 122
2007: 104
2006: 159
2005: 128
2004: 139
2003: 142
2002: 13520
2001: 160
2000: 16221
1999: 15922
1998: 13523
1997: 13424
1996: 15425
1995: 19826

Rate of All Gun Deaths per 100,000 People

ChartIn England & Wales, the annual rate of all gun deaths per 100,000 population is

2016: 0.1519
2015: 0.19
2014: 0.17
2013: 0.21
2012: 0.18
2011: 0.20
2010: 0.22
2009: 0.21
2008: 0.22
2007: 0.19
2006: 0.29
2005: 0.24
2004: 0.26
2003: 0.27
2002: 0.26
2001: 0.31
2000:
1999: 0.31
1998: 0.26
1997: 0.26
1996: 0.30
1995: 0.39

Total Number of Male Gun Deaths

ChartIn England & Wales, annual male deaths resulting from firearms total

2016: 8519
2015: 101
2014: 90
2013: 115
2012: 98
2011: 108
2010: 118
2009: 111
2008: 118
2007: 96
2006: 149
2005: 120
2004: 134
2003: 135
2001: 140

Rate of Male Gun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn England & Wales, the annual rate of male gun death per 100,000 population is

2016: 0.2919
2015: 0.35
2014: 0.32
2013: 0.41
2012: 0.35
2011: 0.39
2010: 0.43
2009: 0.41
2008: 0.44
2007: 0.36
2006: 0.56
2005: 0.46
2004: 0.52
2003: 0.52
2001: 0.55
2000:

Total Number of Female Gun Deaths

ChartIn England & Wales, annual female deaths resulting from firearms total

2016: 319
2015: 7
2014: 6
2013: 7
2012: 2
2011: 6
2010: 7
2009: 7
2008: 4
2007: 8
2006: 10
2005: 8
2004: 5
2003: 7
2001: 20

Rate of Female Gun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn England & Wales, the annual rate of female gun death per 100,000 population is

2016: 0.0119
2015: 0.02
2014: 0.02
2013: 0.02
2012: 0.01
2011: 0.02
2010: 0.02
2009: 0.02
2008: 0.01
2007: 0.03
2006: 0.04
2005: 0.03
2004: 0.02
2003: 0.03
2001: 0.07
2000:

Homicides (any method)

ChartIn England & Wales, annual homicides by any means total

2020: 6952728
2019: 648
2018: 698
2017: 676
2016: 541
2015: 504
2014: 519
2013: 542
2012: 525
2011: 633
2010: 592
2009: 63729 30 31
2008: 730
2007: 712
2005: 778
2004: 776
2003: 944
2002: 791
2001: 760
2000: 670
1999: 640
1998: 604
1997: 60829 32 31
1996: 586
1995: 662
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Rate of Homicide per 100,000 People (any method)

ChartIn England & Wales, the annual rate of homicide by any means per 100,000 population is

2019: 1.0927
2018: 1.18
2017: 1.15
2016: 0.93
2015: 0.87
2014: 0.90
2013: 0.95
2012: 0.93
2011: 1.13
2010: 1.06
2009: 1.15
2008: 1.33
2007: 1.31
2006: 1.31
2005: 1.45
2004: 1.46
2003: 1.79
2002: 1.50
2001: 1.45
2000: 1.28
1999: 1.22
1998: 1.16
1997: 1.18
1996: 1.14
1995: 1.30
1992: 0.5533
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Male Homicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn England & Wales, annual male homicides by any means total

2019: 42234
2018: 479
2017: 502
2016: 368
2015: 319
2014: 336
2013: 375
2012: 354
2011: 433
2010: 399
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Rate of Male Homicide per 100,000 People (any method)

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

2019: 1.4434
2018: 1.64
2017: 1.73
2016: 1.28
2015: 1.12
2014: 1.19
2013: 1.34
2012: 1.27
2011: 1.57
2010: 1.46

Female Homicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn England & Wales, annual female homicides by any means total

2014: 3019
2013: 20
2012: 30
2011: 34
2010: 27

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

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

2019: 0.751334
2018: 0.73
2017: 0.59
2016: 0.58
2015: 0.63
2014: 0.63
2013: 0.58
2012: 0.59
2011: 0.70
2010: 0.68
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Gun Homicides

ChartIn England & Wales, annual firearm homicides total

2020: 3034
2019: 32
2018: 27
2017: 32
2016: 24
2015: 20
2014: 29
2013: 29
2012: 40
2011: 61
2010: 41
2009: 2035 36 31
2008: 2737 36 38 31
2007: 339 36 38 31
2006: 4340 36 38 31
2005: 2041 36 38 31
2004: 1842 36 38 31
2003: 1843 36 38 31
2002: 3320 36 38
2001: 3144 36 38 31
2000: 2921 36 38
1999: 2322 38 31
1998: 1023 38 31
1997: 2824 45 31
1996: 2525 31
1995: 2626 31

Rate of Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn England & Wales, the annual rate of firearm homicide per 100,000 population is

2019: 0.053413
2018: 0.05
2017: 0.05
2016: 0.04
2015: 0.03
2014: 0.05
2013: 0.05
2012: 0.07
2011: 0.11
2010: 0.07
2009: 0.0435 31
2008: 0.0537 31
2007: 0.0139 31
2006: 0.0840 31
2005: 0.0441 31
2004: 0.0342 31
2003: 0.0343 31
2002: 0.0620
2001: 0.0644 31
2000: 0.0621
1999: 0.0422 31
1998: 0.0223 31
1997: 0.0524 31
1996: 0.0525 31
1995: 0.0526 31
1992: 0.0746 31

Proportion of Homicides Committed With a Gun

ChartIn England & Wales, the percentage of homicides committed with a firearm is reported to be

2011: 7%47
2010: 10%
2009: 7%47
2008: 6%
2007: 7%
2006: 8%
2001: 10.8%31
2000: 9%48
1999: 8.1%
1998: 6.5%
1997: 8.0%
1996: 7.2%
1995: 9.3%

Male Gun Homicide Victims

ChartIn England & Wales, annual male firearm homicides total

2020: 2434
2019: 28
2018: 23
2017: 27
2016: 21
2015: 16
2014: 21
2013: 20
2012: 33
2011: 53
2010: 33
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Rate of Male Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn England & Wales, the annual rate of male firearm homicide per 100,000 population is

2019: 0.103413
2018: 0.08
2017: 0.09
2016: 0.07
2015: 0.06
2014: 0.07
2013: 0.07
2012: 0.12
2011: 0.19
2010: 0.12

Female Gun Homicide Victims

ChartIn England & Wales, annual female firearm homicides total

2020: 634
2019: 4
2018: 4
2017: 5
2016: 3
2015: 4
2014: 8
2013: 9
2012: 7
2011: 8
2010: 8
:

Rate of Female Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn England & Wales, the annual rate of female firearm homicide per 100,000 population is

2019: 0.013413
2018: 0.01
2017: 0.02
2016: 0.01
2015: 0.01
2014: 0.03
2013: 0.03
2012: 0.02
2011: 0.03
2010: 0.03

Handgun Homicides

ChartIn England & Wales, annual handgun homicides total

2011: 4449
2010: 3450
2008: 4151
2006: 2952
1999: 122

Rate of Handgun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn England & Wales, the annual rate of handgun homicide per 100,000 population is

2010: 0.0813
2009: 0.06
2008: 0.0037
2007: 0.0813
2006: 0.0040
2005: 0.0513
1999: 0.0022

Long Gun Homicides

ChartIn England & Wales, annual long gun homicides total

2011: 1053
2010: 654 49
2009: 235 50
2008: 337 55
2007: 339 51
2006: 540 56
2005: 241 52
2004: 542
2003: 543
2002: 620
2001: 744
2000: 721
1999: 522

Rate of Long Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn England & Wales, the annual rate of long gun homicide per 100,000 population is

2011: 0.0253
2010: 0.0154
2009: 0.0035
2008: 0.0137
2007: 0.0139
2006: 0.0140
2005: 0.0041
2004: 0.0142
2003: 0.0143
2002: 0.0120
2001: 0.0144
2000: 0.0121
1999: 0.0122

Gun Homicides (Other)

ChartIn England & Wales, annual gun homicides (other) total

2011: 2153
2010: 2254 49
2009: 1835 50
2008: 051
2006: 3740 56
2005: 1841 52
2004: 1342
2003: 1343
2002: 2720
2001: 2444
2000: 2221
1999: 1722
1997: 2224
1996: 1925
1995: 2026

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

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

2011: 0.0453
2010: 0.0454
2009: 0.0335
2008: 0.0437
2007: 0.0013
2006: 0.0740
2005: 0.0341
2004: 0.0242
2003: 0.0243
2002: 0.0520
2001: 0.0544
2000: 0.0421
1999: 0.0322
1997: 0.0424
1996: 0.0425
1995: 0.0426

Suicides (any method)

ChartIn England & Wales, annual suicides by any means total

2015: 4,03419
2014: 4,150
2013: 4,047
2012: 3,977
2011: 3,671
2010: 3,644
2009: 3,377
2008: 3,457
2007: 3,438
2006: 3,165
2005: 3,331
2004: 3,314
2003: 3,449
2002: 4,751
2001: 3,287
2000: 3,377
1999: 5,233
1998: 5,332
1997: 4,814
1996: 4,898
1995: 5,111
1994: 5,068
1993: 5,165
1992: 5,458
1991: 5,467
1990: 5,523

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

ChartIn England & Wales, the annual rate of suicide by any means per 100,000 population is

2015: 6.9719
2014: 7.23
2013: 7.11
2012: 7.03
2011: 6.54
2010: 6.54
2009: 6.11
2008: 6.30
2007: 6.32
2006: 5.87
2005: 6.22
2004: 6.23
2003: 6.52
2002: 11.1
2001: 6.28
2000: 6.48
1999: 12.4
1998: 12.8
1997: 11.5
1996: 11.7
1995: 12.3
1994: 12.1
1993: 12.5
1992: 13.2
1991: 13.3
1990: 13.4

Male Suicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn England & Wales, annual male suicides by any means total

2014: 3,15919
2013: 3,163
2012: 2,921
2011: 2,866
2010: 2,613

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

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

2016: 10.8219
2015: 11.07
2014: 11.16
2013: 11.28
2012: 10.49
2011: 10.37
2010: 9.55
2009: 9.96
2008: 9.89
2007: 9.30
2006: 9.69
2005: 9.57
2004: 10.06
2003: 9.80
2001: 10.32
2000:

Female Suicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn England & Wales, annual female suicides by any means total

2016: 91419
2015: 988
2014: 888
2013: 814
2012: 750
2011: 778
2010: 764
2009: 756
2008: 775
2007: 684
2006: 769
2005: 803
2004: 831
2003: 754
2001: 739

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

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

2016: 3.0919
2015: 3.37
2014: 3.05
2013: 2.82
2012: 2.61
2011: 2.73
2010: 2.70
2009: 2.69
2008: 2.78
2007: 2.47
2006: 2.79
2005: 2.94
2004: 3.06
2003: 2.79
2001: 2.76
2000:

Gun Suicides

ChartIn England & Wales, annual firearm suicides total

2016: 7219
2015: 88
2014: 73
2013: 92
2012: 7857
2011: 8353
2010: 8354
2009: 8435
2008: 8937
2007: 8439
2006: 11040
2005: 84
2004: 94
2003: 97
2002: 8320
2001: 106
2000: 10721
1999: 11522 58
1998: 10723
1997: 10624
1996: 10725
1995: 13426

Rate of Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn England & Wales, the annual rate of firearm suicide per 100,000 population is

2016: 0.1219
2015: 0.15
2014: 0.13
2013: 0.16
2012: 0.14
2011: 0.15
2010: 0.15
2009: 0.15
2008: 0.16
2007: 0.15
2006: 0.20
2005: 0.16
2004: 0.18
2003: 0.18
2002: 0.1620
2001: 0.20
2000:
1999: 0.2222 58
1998: 0.2123
1997: 0.2124
1996: 0.2125
1995: 0.2626
1992: 0.3359

Male Gun Suicide Victims

ChartIn England & Wales, annual male firearm suicides total

2016: 7119
2015: 85
2014: 72
2013: 90
2012: 77
2011: 79
2010: 82
2009: 80
2008: 86
2007: 79
2006: 106
2005: 79
2004: 91
2003: 95
2001: 96

Rate of Male Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn England & Wales, the annual rate of male firearm suicide per 100,000 population is

2016: 0.2519
2015: 0.30
2014: 0.25
2013: 0.32
2012: 0.28
2011: 0.29
2010: 0.30
2009: 0.29
2008: 0.32
2007: 0.30
2006: 0.40
2005: 0.30
2004: 0.35
2003: 0.37
2001: 0.38
2000:

Female Gun Suicide Victims

ChartIn England & Wales, annual female firearm suicides total

2016: 119
2015: 3
2014: 1
2013: 2
2012: 1
2011: 4
2010: 1
2009: 4
2008: 3
2007: 5
2006: 4
2005: 5
2004: 3
2003: 2
2001: 10

Rate of Female Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn England & Wales, the annual rate of female firearm suicide per 100,000 population is

2016: 019
2015: 0.01
2014: 0
2013: 0.01
2012: 0
2011: 0.01
2010: 0
2009: 0.01
2008: 0.01
2007: 0.02
2006: 0.01
2005: 0.02
2004: 0.01
2003: 0.01
2001: 0.04
2000:

Handgun Suicides

ChartIn England & Wales, annual handgun suicides total

2008: 337
2007: 139
2006: 140
2003: 343
2002: 120
2001: 144
2000: 221

Rate of Handgun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn England & Wales, the annual rate of handgun suicide per 100,000 population is

2008: 0.0137
2007: 0.0039
2006: 0.0040
2003: 0.0143
2002: 0.0020
2001: 0.0044
2000: 0.0021

Long Gun Suicides

ChartIn England & Wales, the number of long gun suicides is

2011: 3753
2010: 4454
2009: 4235
2008: 4637
2007: 4439
2006: 6140
2005: 4141
2004: 4142
2003: 5043
2002: 4020
2001: 5044
2000: 5821
1999: 7522
1998: 5923
1997: 5024
1996: 5525
1995: 6426

Rate of Long Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn England & Wales, the annual rate of long gun suicide per 100,000 population is

2011: 0.0753
2010: 0.0854
2009: 0.0835
2008: 0.0837
2007: 0.0839
2006: 0.1140
2005: 0.0841
2004: 0.0842
2003: 0.0943
2002: 0.0820
2001: 0.1044
2000: 0.1121
1999: 0.1422
1998: 0.1123
1997: 0.1024
1996: 0.1125
1995: 0.1226

Gun Suicides (Other)

ChartIn England & Wales, annual gun suicides (other) total

2011: 4653
2010: 3954
2009: 4235
2008: 4037
2007: 3939
2006: 4840
2005: 4741
2004: 4042
2003: 4943
2002: 4220
2001: 4244
2000: 4621
1999: 4022
1998: 4623
1997: 5524
1996: 5025
1995: 6426

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

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

2011: 0.0853
2010: 0.0754
2009: 0.0835
2008: 0.0737
2007: 0.0739
2006: 0.0940
2005: 0.0941
2004: 0.0842
2003: 0.0943
2002: 0.0820
2001: 0.0844
2000: 0.0921
1999: 0.0822
1998: 0.0923
1997: 0.1124
1996: 0.1025
1995: 0.1226

Unintentional Gun Deaths

ChartIn England & Wales, annual unintentional shooting deaths total

2016: 319
2015: 6
2014: 7
2013: 2
2012: 557
2011: 153
2010: 854
2009: 1135
2008: 537
2007: 239
2006: 340
2005: 3
2004: 3
2003: 343
2002: 120
2001: 5
2000: 1121
1999: 622 58
1995: 1026

Rate of Unintentional Gun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn England & Wales, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death per 100,000 population is

2016: 0.0119
2015: 0.01
2014: 0.01
2013: 0
2012: 0.01
2011: 0
2010: 0.01
2009: 0.02
2008: 0.01
2007: 0
2006: 0.01
2005: 0.01
2004: 0.01
2003: 0.01
2002: 0.0020
2001: 0.01
2000:
1999: 0.0122 58
1995: 0.0226
1992: 0.0160

Unintentional Male Gun Deaths

ChartIn England & Wales, annual unintentional male shooting deaths total

2016: 319
2015: 5
2014: 6
2013: 2
2012: 5
2011: 1
2010: 8
2009: 10
2008: 5
2007: 2
2006: 3
2005: 3
2004: 3
2003: 3
2001: 5

Rate of Unintentional Male Gun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn England & Wales, the annual rate of unintentional male shooting death per 100,000 population is

2016: 0.0119
2015: 0.02
2014: 0.02
2013: 0.01
2012: 0.02
2011: 0
2010: 0.03
2009: 0.04
2008: 0.02
2007: 0.01
2006: 0.01
2005: 0.01
2004: 0.01
2003: 0.01
2001: 0.02
2000:

Unintentional Female Gun Deaths

ChartIn England & Wales, annual unintentional female shooting deaths total

2015: 119
2014: 1
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 1

Unintentional Handgun Deaths

ChartIn England & Wales, annual unintentional shooting deaths by handgun total

2006: 140
2000: 221

Rate of Unintentional Handgun Death per 100,000 People

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

2006: 0.0040
2000: 0.0021

Unintentional Long Gun Deaths

ChartIn England & Wales, annual unintentional shooting deaths by long gun total

2010: 354
2009: 535
2008: 337
2005: 141
2003: 143
2002: 120
2001: 144
2000: 321
1999: 222

Rate of Unintentional Long Gun Death per 100,000 People

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

2010: 0.0154
2009: 0.0135
2008: 0.0137
2005: 0.0041
2003: 0.0043
2002: 0.0020
2001: 0.0044
2000: 0.0121
1999: 0.0022

Unintentional Gun Deaths (Other)

ChartIn England & Wales, annual unintentional shooting deaths by firearm (other) total

2011: 153
2010: 554
2009: 635
2008: 237
2007: 239
2006: 240
2004: 242
2003: 243
2001: 144
2000: 421
1999: 422

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

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

2011: 0.0053
2010: 0.0154
2009: 0.0135
2008: 0.0037
2007: 0.0039
2006: 0.0040
2004: 0.0042
2003: 0.0043
2001: 0.0044
2000: 0.0121
1999: 0.0122

Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn England & Wales, annual shooting deaths in which the cause remains undecided total

2016: 619
2015: 7
2014: 6
2013: 9
2012: 1157
2011: 753
2010: 854
2009: 835
2008: 737
2007: 939
2006: 1240
2005: 15
2004: 9
2003: 13
2002: 1820
2001: 16
2000: 1521
1999: 1522
1998: 1823
1996: 2225
1995: 2826

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

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

2016: 0.0219
2015: 0.02
2014: 0.02
2013: 0.03
2012: 0.04
2011: 0.03
2010: 0.03
2009: 0.03
2008: 0.03
2007: 0.03
2006: 0.05
2005: 0.05
2004: 0.03
2003: 0.05
2002: 0.0320
2001: 0.06
2000:
1999: 0.0358
1998: 0.0323
1996: 0.0425
1995: 0.0526
1992: 0.0461

Male Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn England & Wales, annual male shooting deaths in which the cause remains undecided total

2016: 619
2015: 7
2014: 6
2013: 9
2012: 11
2011: 7
2010: 8
2009: 8
2008: 7
2007: 9
2006: 12
2005: 14
2004: 9
2003: 12
2001: 16

Female Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn England & Wales, annual female shooting deaths in which the cause remains undecided total

2014: 019
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2005: 119
2003: 1

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

ChartIn England & Wales, the annual rate of unknown-cause female shooting deaths per 100,000 population is

2005: 019
2004:
2003: 0
2001:
2000:

Handgun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn England & Wales, annual deaths by handgun in which the cause remains undecided total

2003: 143
2002: 120

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

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

2003: 0.0043
2002: 0.0020

Long Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn England & Wales, annual deaths by long gun in which the cause remains undecided total

2011: 553
2010: 454
2009: 435
2008: 337
2007: 139
2006: 340
2005: 641
2004: 642
2003: 343
2002: 1220
2001: 644
2000: 421
1999: 722
1996: 1225

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

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

2011: 0.0153
2010: 0.0154
2009: 0.0135
2008: 0.0137
2007: 0.0039
2006: 0.0140
2005: 0.0141
2004: 0.0142
2003: 0.0143
2002: 0.0220
2001: 0.0144
2000: 0.0121
1999: 0.0122
1996: 0.0225

Gun Deaths (Other) from Undetermined Cause

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

2011: 253
2010: 454
2009: 435
2008: 437
2007: 839
2006: 940
2005: 441
2004: 742
2003: 543
2002: 520
2001: 144
2000: 1121
1999: 722
1998: 1023
1996: 1025
1995: 1826

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

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

2011: 0.0053
2010: 0.0154
2009: 0.0135
2008: 0.0137
2007: 0.0139
2006: 0.0240
2005: 0.0141
2004: 0.0142
2003: 0.0143
2002: 0.0120
2001: 0.0044
2000: 0.0221
1999: 0.0122
1998: 0.0223
1996: 0.0225
1995: 0.0426

Legal Intervention Gun Homicides

ChartIn England & Wales, annual legal-intervention gun homicides total

2011: 253
2010: 454
2009: 335
2008: 237
2006: 240
2005: 141

Non-fatal Gun Injuries

ChartIn England & Wales, the annual number of non-fatal firearm injuries62 is

2020: 1,24563
2019: 1,416
2018: 1,311
2017: 1,371
2016: 1,224
2015: 1,022
2014: 1,080
2013: 1,279
2012: 1,575
2011: 1,893
2010: 1,875
2009: 1,721
2008: 3,188
2007: 2,955
2006: 3,773
2005: 3,828
2004: 2,299
2003: 2,099
2002: 1,78364
2000: 1,310

Rate of Non-fatal Gun Injury per 100,000 People

ChartIn England & Wales, the annual rate of non-fatal firearm injury62 per 100,000 population is

2019: 2.38{14207}13
2018: 2.22
2017: 2.33
2016: 2.10
2015: 1.77
2014: 1.88
2013: 2.25
2012: 2.78
2011: 3.37
2010: 3.37
2009: 3.12
2008: 5.81
2007: 5.43
2006: 6.99
2005: 7.15
2004: 4.33
2003: 3.97
2002: 3.9913
2001: 3.41
2000: 2.51
:

MeasuresGun Regulation

Firearm Law

Guiding gun control legislation in England & Wales includes the Firearms Act 1968 (see United Kingdom)65

Right to Possess Firearms

In England & Wales, the right to private gun ownership is not guaranteed by law66 67

Firearm Registration

Civilian Gun Registration

In England & Wales, the law requires7 5 that a record of the acquisition, possession and transfer of each privately held firearm be retained in an official register

Gun Sales and Transfers

Number of Licensed Gun Dealers

ChartThe number of licensed firearm dealers in England & Wales is reported to be

2020: 3,31768
2019: 3,408
2018: 3,406
2017: 3,299
2016: 3,452
2015: 3,422
2014: 3,486
2013: 3,496
2012: 3,41769
2011: 3,205
2010: 3,182
2009: 2,840
2008: 2,792
2006: 2,030
2005: 1,970
2004: 1,950
2003: 1,970
2001: 1,960
2000: 2,070
1999: 2,090
1998: 2,180
1997: 2,400
1996: 2,490
1995: 2,470

BackgroundSustainable Development Goal Profile

About SDG 16

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are 17 goals set by the United Nations to be implemented by all member states by 2030. Adopted in 2015, they outline a vision of development in which peace and security are an integral part. SDG 16,70 which seeks to “promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development,” includes targets and indicators focused on reducing violence (Target 16.1) and the proliferation of illicit arms (Target 16.4). The indicators – or measurement criteria – of these targets include the number of victims of intentional homicide (Indicator 16.1.1), the number of conflict-related deaths (Indicator 16.1.2), and the number of illicit firearms collected and traced (Indicator 16.4.2). In light of these targets and indicators, GunPolicy.org provides granular national data pertaining to homicides, gun homicides, conflict deaths, disarmament efforts, and marking and tracing.

Homicides (any method)

ChartIn England & Wales, annual homicides by any means total

2020: 6952728
2019: 648
2018: 698
2017: 676
2016: 541
2015: 504
2014: 519
2013: 542
2012: 525
2011: 633
2010: 592
2009: 63729 30 31
2008: 730
2007: 712
2005: 778
2004: 776
2003: 944
2002: 791
2001: 760
2000: 670
1999: 640
1998: 604
1997: 60829 32 31
1996: 586
1995: 662
:

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

ChartIn England & Wales, the annual rate of homicide by any means per 100,000 population is

2019: 1.0927
2018: 1.18
2017: 1.15
2016: 0.93
2015: 0.87
2014: 0.90
2013: 0.95
2012: 0.93
2011: 1.13
2010: 1.06
2009: 1.15
2008: 1.33
2007: 1.31
2006: 1.31
2005: 1.45
2004: 1.46
2003: 1.79
2002: 1.50
2001: 1.45
2000: 1.28
1999: 1.22
1998: 1.16
1997: 1.18
1996: 1.14
1995: 1.30
1992: 0.5533
:

Male Homicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn England & Wales, annual male homicides by any means total

2019: 42234
2018: 479
2017: 502
2016: 368
2015: 319
2014: 336
2013: 375
2012: 354
2011: 433
2010: 399
:

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

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

2019: 1.4434
2018: 1.64
2017: 1.73
2016: 1.28
2015: 1.12
2014: 1.19
2013: 1.34
2012: 1.27
2011: 1.57
2010: 1.46

Female Homicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn England & Wales, annual female homicides by any means total

2014: 3019
2013: 20
2012: 30
2011: 34
2010: 27

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

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

2019: 0.751334
2018: 0.73
2017: 0.59
2016: 0.58
2015: 0.63
2014: 0.63
2013: 0.58
2012: 0.59
2011: 0.70
2010: 0.68
:

Gun Homicides

ChartIn England & Wales, annual firearm homicides total

2020: 3034
2019: 32
2018: 27
2017: 32
2016: 24
2015: 20
2014: 29
2013: 29
2012: 40
2011: 61
2010: 41
2009: 2035 36 31
2008: 2737 36 38 31
2007: 339 36 38 31
2006: 4340 36 38 31
2005: 2041 36 38 31
2004: 1842 36 38 31
2003: 1843 36 38 31
2002: 3320 36 38
2001: 3144 36 38 31
2000: 2921 36 38
1999: 2322 38 31
1998: 1023 38 31
1997: 2824 45 31
1996: 2525 31
1995: 2626 31

Rate of Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn England & Wales, the annual rate of firearm homicide per 100,000 population is

2019: 0.053413
2018: 0.05
2017: 0.05
2016: 0.04
2015: 0.03
2014: 0.05
2013: 0.05
2012: 0.07
2011: 0.11
2010: 0.07
2009: 0.0435 31
2008: 0.0537 31
2007: 0.0139 31
2006: 0.0840 31
2005: 0.0441 31
2004: 0.0342 31
2003: 0.0343 31
2002: 0.0620
2001: 0.0644 31
2000: 0.0621
1999: 0.0422 31
1998: 0.0223 31
1997: 0.0524 31
1996: 0.0525 31
1995: 0.0526 31
1992: 0.0746 31

Proportion of Homicides Committed With a Gun

ChartIn England & Wales, the percentage of homicides committed with a firearm is reported to be

2011: 7%47
2010: 10%
2009: 7%47
2008: 6%
2007: 7%
2006: 8%
2001: 10.8%31
2000: 9%48
1999: 8.1%
1998: 6.5%
1997: 8.0%
1996: 7.2%
1995: 9.3%

Male Gun Homicide Victims

ChartIn England & Wales, annual male firearm homicides total

2020: 2434
2019: 28
2018: 23
2017: 27
2016: 21
2015: 16
2014: 21
2013: 20
2012: 33
2011: 53
2010: 33
:

Rate of Male Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn England & Wales, the annual rate of male firearm homicide per 100,000 population is

2019: 0.103413
2018: 0.08
2017: 0.09
2016: 0.07
2015: 0.06
2014: 0.07
2013: 0.07
2012: 0.12
2011: 0.19
2010: 0.12

Female Gun Homicide Victims

ChartIn England & Wales, annual female firearm homicides total

2020: 634
2019: 4
2018: 4
2017: 5
2016: 3
2015: 4
2014: 8
2013: 9
2012: 7
2011: 8
2010: 8
:

Rate of Female Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn England & Wales, the annual rate of female firearm homicide per 100,000 population is

2019: 0.013413
2018: 0.01
2017: 0.02
2016: 0.01
2015: 0.01
2014: 0.03
2013: 0.03
2012: 0.02
2011: 0.03
2010: 0.03

Disarmament

Surrendered in Gun Amnesty

In England & Wales, the number of firearms voluntarily surrendered in recent arms amnesty and collection programmes is reported to be 40,50771 (2003)

Destruction and Disposal Policy

In England & Wales, it is state policy72 to destroy surplus, collected and seized firearms rather than return them to the secondary arms market

Global Peace Index

To see where England & Wales ranks, select the Link icon to open an external web page at the Global Peace Index, and then click on England & Wales on the map or in the "Select Country" menu on the right of the web page


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