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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 Germany is

2018: 26,100,0001 2 3 4
2016: 25,900,0005
2013: 25,500,0006 2
2005: 25,000,0007

Rate of Civilian Firearm Possession per 100 Population

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

2018: 32.478 9
2016: 32.0
2013: 31.42
2005: 30.37

Number of Privately Owned Firearms - World Ranking

In a 2017 comparison of the number of privately owned guns in 206 countries, Germany ranked at No. 810

Rate of Privately Owned Firearms per 100 Population - World Ranking

In a 2017 comparison of the rate of privately owned guns in 206 countries, Germany ranked at No.2310

Proportion of Adults Living in a Home With a Gun

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

2015: 5%11

Proportion of Households with Firearms

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

2005: 12.5%12
1989: 9.2%

Proportion of Households with Handguns

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

2005: 4.2%12
1989: 6.7%

Number of Licensed Firearm Owners

ChartThe number of licensed gun owners in Germany is reported to be

2018: 960,0001
2016: 970,00013
2013: 1,400,0006
1999: 2,000,00014

Rate of Licensed Firearm Owners per 100 Population

ChartThe rate of licensed firearm owners per 100 people in Germany is

2018: 1.198
2016: 1.20
2013: 1.72
1999: 2.44

Number of Registered Firearms

ChartThe number of registered guns in Germany is reported to be

2018: 6,100,0001
2016: 5,900,0005 2 3
2013: 5,500,0006 2
2005: 7,200,0007
2004: 7,000,00015

Rate of Registered Firearms per 100 Population

ChartThe rate of registered guns per 100 people in Germany is

2018: 7.598
2016: 7.30
2013: 6.77
2005: 8.73
2004: 8.49

Estimated Number of Unregistered and Illicit Firearms

ChartUnregistered and unlawfully held guns cannot be counted,16 but in Germany there are estimated to be

2016: 20,000,0002 3 17 18
2013: 20,000,0002
2004: 17,000,00015

Estimated Rate of Unregistered and Illicit Firearms per 100 Population

ChartUnregistered and unlawfully held guns cannot be counted,16 but in Germany the rate of such firearms per 100 people is estimated to be

2016: 24.788
2013: 24.65
2004: 20.61

Government Guns

Number of Military Firearms

The defence forces of Germany are reported to have 483,01619 firearms

Number of Law Enforcement Firearms

Police in Germany are reported to have 466,00020 firearms

ImpactsDeath and Injury

Total Number of Gun Deaths

ChartIn Germany, annual deaths resulting from firearms total

2018: 81521
2017: 819
2016: 831
2015: 848
2014: 824
2013: 931
2012: 822
2011: 880
2010: 907
2009: 939
2008: 954
2007: 962
2006: 957
2005: 1,045
2004: 1,148
2003: 1,123
2002: 1,061
2001: 1,103
2000: 1,116
1999: 1,201
1998: 1,164

Rate of All Gun Deaths per 100,000 People

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

2018: 1.0121
2017: 1.01
2016: 1.03
2015: 1.05
2014: 1.02
2013: 1.15
2012: 1.01
2011: 1.08
2010: 1.11
2009: 1.14
2008: 1.16
2007: 1.17
2006: 1.16
2005: 1.27
2004: 1.39
2003: 1.36
2002: 1.29
2001: 1.34
2000: 1.36
1999: 1.46
1998: 1.42

Total Number of Male Gun Deaths

ChartIn Germany, annual male deaths resulting from firearms total

2018: 76221
2017: 764
2016: 779
2015: 794
2014: 771
2013: 856
2012: 770
2011: 810
2010: 844
2009: 850
2008: 886
2007: 891
2006: 890
2005: 968
2004: 1,058
2003: 1,021
2001: 1,015
2000: 1,011

Rate of Male Gun Death per 100,000 People

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

2018: 1.9321
2017: 1.93
2016: 1.96
2015: 1.99
2014: 1.93
2013: 2.14
2012: 1.92
2011: 2.02
2010: 2.10
2009: 2.11
2008: 2.20
2007: 2.21
2006: 2.21
2005: 2.40
2004: 2.62
2003: 2.53
2001: 2.52
2000: 2.52

Total Number of Female Gun Deaths

ChartIn Germany, annual female deaths resulting from firearms total

2018: 5321
2017: 55
2016: 52
2015: 54
2014: 53
2013: 75
2012: 52
2011: 70
2010: 63
2009: 89
2008: 68
2007: 71
2006: 67
2005: 77
2004: 90
2003: 102
2001: 88
2000: 105

Rate of Female Gun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn Germany, the annual rate of female gun death per 100,000 population is

2018: 0.1321
2017: 0.13
2016: 0.13
2015: 0.13
2014: 0.13
2013: 0.18
2012: 0.13
2011: 0.17
2010: 0.15
2009: 0.21
2008: 0.16
2007: 0.17
2006: 0.16
2005: 0.18
2004: 0.21
2003: 0.24
2001: 0.21
2000: 0.25

Homicides (any method)

ChartIn Germany, annual homicides by any means total

2020: 78222
2019: 623
2018: 788
2017: 813
2016: 963
2015: 682
2014: 716
2013: 682
2012: 659
2011: 738
2010: 793
2009: 803
2008: 722
2007: 757
2006: 808
2005: 869
2004: 868
2003: 859
2002: 955
2001: 925
2000: 1,015
1999: 1,02023
1998: 998
1997: 1,265
1996: 1,382
1995: 1,406

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

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

2020: 0.9322
2019: 0.75
2018: 0.95
2017: 0.98
2016: 1.17
2015: 0.83
2014: 0.88
2013: 0.84
2012: 0.81
2011: 0.91
2010: 0.98
2009: 0.98
2008: 0.88
2007: 0.92
2006: 1.0
2005: 1.0
2004: 1.0
2003: 1.0
2002: 1.1
2001: 1.1
2000: 1.2
1999: 1.223
1998: 1.2
1997: 1.5
1996: 1.7
1995: 1.7
1994: 1.1724

Male Homicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn Germany, annual male homicides by any means total

2020: 85022
2019: 694
2018: 842
2017: 866
2016: 988
2015: 710
2014: 377
2013: 354
2012: 363
2011: 400
2010: 400
2009: 417
2008: 385
2007: 395

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

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

2020: 1.0322
2019: 0.84
2018: 1.03
2017: 1.06
2016: 1.22
2015: 0.88
2014: 0.94
2013: 0.89
2012: 0.91
2011: 1.01
2010: 1.01
2009: 1.05
2008: 0.97
2007: 0.99

Female Homicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn Germany, annual female homicides by any means total

2020: 71422
2019: 552
2018: 734
2017: 760
2016: 938
2015: 654
2014: 339
2013: 328
2012: 296
2011: 338
2010: 393
2009: 386
2008: 337
2007: 362

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

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

2020: 0.8422
2019: 0.65
2018: 0.87
2017: 0.91
2016: 1.12
2015: 0.79
2014: 0.82
2013: 0.79
2012: 0.72
2011: 0.82
2010: 0.95
2009: 0.93
2008: 0.81
2007: 0.87

Gun Homicides

ChartIn Germany, annual firearm homicides total

2015: 8222
2014: 81
2013: 93
2012: 99
2011: 92
2010: 84
2009: 75
2008: 57
2007: 59
2006: 6525 26 23
2005: 89
2004: 9825 23
2003: 85
2002: 106
2001: 84
2000: 101
1999: 155
1998: 126
1997: 55523
1996: 582
1995: 804

Rate of Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

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

2015: 0.0621
2014: 0.05
2013: 0.07
2012: 0.08
2011: 0.07
2010: 0.06
2009: 0.09
2008: 0.07
2007: 0.07
2006: 0.0825 8 23
2005: 0.11
2004: 0.1225 23
2003: 0.10
2002: 0.13
2001: 0.10
2000: 0.12
1999: 0.19
1998: 0.15
1997: 0.723
1996: 0.7
1995: 1.0
1994: 0.2227

Proportion of Homicides Committed With a Gun

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

2011: 13%28
2010: 26.3%23
2009: 29.9%
2008: 26.1%
2007: 26.9%
2006: 24%26
2005: 24%
2004: 30.5%23
2003: 33.8%
2002: 29.4%
2001: 38.1%
2000: 40.0%
1999: 41.2%
1998: 41.2%
1997: 47.1%
1996: 46.6%
1995: 58.6%

Male Gun Homicide Victims

ChartIn Germany, annual male firearm homicides total

2018: 1321
2017: 10
2016: 16
2015: 11
2014: 16
2013: 9
2012: 20
2011: 18
2010: 18
2009: 15
2008: 19
2007: 18
2006: 14
2005: 23
2004: 34
2003: 26
2001: 29
2000: 36

Rate of Male Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

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

2018: 0.0321
2017: 0.03
2016: 0.04
2015: 0.03
2014: 0.04
2013: 0.02
2012: 0.05
2011: 0.04
2010: 0.04
2009: 0.04
2008: 0.05
2007: 0.04
2006: 0.03
2005: 0.06
2004: 0.08
2003: 0.06
2001: 0.07
2000: 0.09

Female Gun Homicide Victims

ChartIn Germany, annual female firearm homicides total

2018: 1721
2017: 17
2016: 17
2015: 12
2014: 9
2013: 12
2012: 15
2011: 15
2010: 17
2009: 20
2008: 15
2007: 17
2006: 19
2005: 28
2004: 25
2003: 28
2001: 24
2000: 25

Rate of Female Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

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

2018: 0.0421
2017: 0.04
2016: 0.04
2015: 0.03
2014: 0.02
2013: 0.03
2012: 0.04
2011: 0.04
2010: 0.04
2009: 0.05
2008: 0.04
2007: 0.04
2006: 0.05
2005: 0.07
2004: 0.06
2003: 0.07
2001: 0.06
2000: 0.06

Handgun Homicides

ChartIn Germany, annual handgun homicides total

2014: 1525
2013: 29
2012: 20
2011: 18
2010: 15
2009: 37
2008: 21
2007: 21
2006: 27
2005: 34
2004: 32
2003: 26
2002: 38
2001: 27
2000: 32
1999: 52
1998: 54

Rate of Handgun Homicide per 100,000 People

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

2014: 0.0225
2013: 0.04
2012: 0.02
2011: 0.02
2010: 0.02
2009: 0.05
2008: 0.03
2007: 0.03
2006: 0.03
2005: 0.04
2004: 0.04
2003: 0.03
2002: 0.05
2001: 0.03
2000: 0.04
1999: 0.06
1998: 0.07

Long Gun Homicides

ChartIn Germany, annual long gun homicides total

2014: 225
2013: 4
2012: 6
2011: 3
2010: 1
2009: 3
2008: 2
2007: 3
2006: 5
2005: 4
2004: 7
2003: 5
2002: 11
2001: 4
2000: 8
1999: 10
1998: 8

Rate of Long Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

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

2014: 0.0025
2013: 0.01
2012: 0.01
2011: 0.00
2010: 0.00
2009: 0.00
2008: 0.00
2007: 0.00
2006: 0.01
2005: 0.00
2004: 0.01
2003: 0.01
2002: 0.01
2001: 0.00
2000: 0.01
1999: 0.01
1998: 0.01

Gun Homicides (Other)

ChartIn Germany, annual gun homicides (other) total

2014: 2525
2013: 21
2012: 35
2011: 33
2010: 35
2009: 35
2008: 34
2007: 35
2006: 33
2005: 51
2004: 59
2003: 54
2002: 57
2001: 53
2000: 61
1999: 93
1998: 64

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

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

2014: 0.0325
2013: 0.03
2012: 0.04
2011: 0.04
2010: 0.04
2009: 0.04
2008: 0.04
2007: 0.04
2006: 0.04
2005: 0.06
2004: 0.07
2003: 0.07
2002: 0.07
2001: 0.06
2000: 0.07
1999: 0.11
1998: 0.08

Suicides (any method)

ChartIn Germany, annual suicides by any means total

2018: 10,08321
2017: 9,941
2016: 10,545
2015: 10,814
2014: 10,928
2013: 10,871
2012: 10,580
2011: 10,897
2010: 10,793
2009: 10,338
2008: 10,251
2007: 10,207
2006: 10,564
2005: 11,128
2004: 11,640
2003: 12,065
2001: 12,022
2000: 11,901
1999: 11,16029

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

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

2019: 021
2018: 12.53
2017: 12.33
2016: 13.06
2015: 13.37
2014: 13.49
2013: 13.40
2012: 13.01
2011: 13.38
2010: 13.22
2009: 12.63
2008: 12.49
2007: 12.41
2006: 12.83
2005: 13.50
2004: 14.11
2003: 14.62
2001: 14.60
2000: 14.48
1999: 13.5329
1994: 15.6430

Male Suicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn Germany, annual male suicides by any means total

2018: 7,78021
2017: 7,664
2016: 8,064
2015: 8,108
2014: 8,314
2013: 8,211
2012: 7,955
2011: 8,364
2010: 8,209
2009: 7,929
2008: 7,808
2007: 7,787
2006: 8,000
2005: 8,358
2004: 8,810
2003: 9,052
2001: 9,021
2000: 8,929

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

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

2018: 19.7021
2017: 19.37
2016: 20.34
2015: 20.41
2014: 20.89
2013: 20.59
2012: 19.91
2011: 20.90
2010: 20.48
2009: 19.75
2008: 19.41
2007: 19.33
2006: 19.84
2005: 20.71
2004: 21.82
2003: 22.43
2001: 22.43
2000: 22.25

Female Suicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn Germany, annual female suicides by any means total

2018: 2,30321
2017: 2,277
2016: 2,481
2015: 2,706
2014: 2,614
2013: 2,660
2012: 2,625
2011: 2,533
2010: 2,584
2009: 2,409
2008: 2,443
2007: 2,420
2006: 2,564
2005: 2,770
2004: 2,830
2003: 3,013
2001: 3,001
2000: 2,972

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

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

2018: 5.6221
2017: 5.55
2016: 6.04
2015: 6.58
2014: 6.35
2013: 6.45
2012: 6.35
2011: 6.11
2010: 6.22
2009: 5.78
2008: 5.84
2007: 5.77
2006: 6.10
2005: 6.58
2004: 6.72
2003: 7.15
2001: 7.13
2000: 7.07

Gun Suicides

ChartIn Germany, annual firearm suicides total

2018: 68721
2017: 706
2016: 707
2015: 736
2014: 71931
2013: 795
2012: 69031 32
2011: 75331
2010: 772
2009: 767
2008: 800
2007: 805
2006: 799
2005: 868
2004: 907
2003: 915
2002: 815
2001: 866
2000: 836
1999: 906
1998: 904

Rate of Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

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

2018: 0.8521
2017: 0.87
2016: 0.87
2015: 0.91
2014: 0.89
2013: 0.98
2012: 0.85
2011: 0.92
2010: 0.94
2009: 0.93
2008: 0.97
2007: 0.98
2006: 0.97
2005: 1.05
2004: 1.10
2003: 1.11
2002: 0.99
2001: 1.05
2000: 1.02
1999: 1.1
1998: 1.1
1994: 1.1733

Male Gun Suicide Victims

ChartIn Germany, annual male firearm suicides total

2018: 66921
2017: 679
2016: 690
2015: 711
2014: 690
2013: 762
2012: 668
2011: 718
2010: 744
2009: 730
2008: 769
2007: 778
2006: 775
2005: 835
2004: 871
2003: 873
2001: 833
2000: 798

Rate of Male Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

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

2018: 1.6921
2017: 1.72
2016: 1.74
2015: 1.79
2014: 1.73
2013: 1.91
2012: 1.67
2011: 1.79
2010: 1.86
2009: 1.82
2008: 1.91
2007: 1.93
2006: 1.92
2005: 2.07
2004: 2.16
2003: 2.16
2001: 2.07
2000: 1.99

Female Gun Suicide Victims

ChartIn Germany, annual female firearm suicides total

2018: 1821
2017: 27
2016: 17
2015: 25
2014: 29
2013: 33
2012: 22
2011: 35
2010: 28
2009: 37
2008: 31
2007: 27
2006: 24
2005: 33
2004: 36
2003: 42
2001: 33
2000: 38

Rate of Female Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

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

2018: 0.0421
2017: 0.07
2016: 0.04
2015: 0.06
2014: 0.07
2013: 0.08
2012: 0.05
2011: 0.08
2010: 0.07
2009: 0.09
2008: 0.07
2007: 0.06
2006: 0.06
2005: 0.08
2004: 0.09
2003: 0.10
2001: 0.08
2000: 0.09

Handgun Suicides

ChartIn Germany, annual handgun suicides total

2014: 20331
2013: 280
2012: 216
2011: 237
2010: 238
2009: 253
2008: 217
2007: 242
2006: 246
2005: 241
2004: 248
2003: 263
2002: 245
2001: 258
2000: 246
1999: 258
1998: 274

Rate of Handgun Suicide per 100,000 People

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

2014: 0.2531
2013: 0.35
2012: 0.26
2011: 0.29
2010: 0.29
2009: 0.31
2008: 0.26
2007: 0.29
2006: 0.30
2005: 0.29
2004: 0.30
2003: 0.32
2002: 0.30
2001: 0.31
2000: 0.30
1999: 0.31
1998: 0.33

Long Gun Suicides

ChartIn Germany, the number of long gun suicides is

2014: 5231
2013: 62
2012: 51
2011: 72
2010: 64
2009: 67
2008: 77
2007: 56
2006: 88
2005: 90
2004: 76
2003: 80
2002: 60
2001: 71
2000: 67
1999: 64
1998: 74

Rate of Long Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

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

2014: 0.0631
2013: 0.08
2012: 0.06
2011: 0.09
2010: 0.08
2009: 0.08
2008: 0.09
2007: 0.07
2006: 0.11
2005: 0.11
2004: 0.09
2003: 0.10
2002: 0.07
2001: 0.09
2000: 0.08
1999: 0.08
1998: 0.09

Gun Suicides (Other)

ChartIn Germany, annual gun suicides (other) total

2014: 46431
2013: 453
2012: 423
2011: 444
2010: 470
2009: 447
2008: 506
2007: 507
2006: 465
2005: 537
2004: 583
2003: 572
2002: 510
2001: 537
2000: 523
1999: 584
1998: 556

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

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

2014: 0.5731
2013: 0.56
2012: 0.52
2011: 0.54
2010: 0.57
2009: 0.55
2008: 0.62
2007: 0.62
2006: 0.56
2005: 0.65
2004: 0.71
2003: 0.69
2002: 0.62
2001: 0.65
2000: 0.64
1999: 0.71
1998: 0.68

Unintentional Gun Deaths

ChartIn Germany, annual unintentional shooting deaths total

2018: 4321
2017: 29
2016: 18
2015: 6
2014: 234
2013: 12
2012: 6 32
2011: 1134
2010: 13
2009: 14
2008: 15
2007: 8
2006: 14
2005: 8
2004: 13
2003: 17
2002: 18
2001: 20
2000: 23
1999: 16
1998: 13

Rate of Unintentional Gun Death per 100,000 People

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

2018: 0.0521
2017: 0.04
2016: 0.02
2015: 0.01
2014: 0
2013: 0.01
2012: 0.01
2011: 0.01
2010: 0.02
2009: 0.02
2008: 0.02
2007: 0.01
2006: 0.02
2005: 0.01
2004: 0.02
2003: 0.02
2002: 0.02
2001: 0.02
2000: 0.03
1999: 0.02
1998: 0.02
1994: 0.0435

Unintentional Male Gun Deaths

ChartIn Germany, annual unintentional male shooting deaths total

2018: 3721
2017: 29
2016: 16
2015: 4
2014: 2
2013: 11
2012: 6
2011: 11
2010: 12
2009: 13
2008: 13
2007: 8
2006: 13
2005: 7
2004: 12
2003: 16
2001: 19
2000: 21

Rate of Unintentional Male Gun Death per 100,000 People

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

2018: 0.0921
2017: 0.07
2016: 0.04
2015: 0.01
2014: 0.01
2013: 0.03
2012: 0.02
2011: 0.03
2010: 0.03
2009: 0.03
2008: 0.03
2007: 0.02
2006: 0.03
2005: 0.02
2004: 0.03
2003: 0.04
2001: 0.05
2000: 0.05

Unintentional Female Gun Deaths

ChartIn Germany, annual unintentional female shooting deaths total

2018: 621
2016: 2
2015: 2
2014: 0
2013: 1
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 1
2009: 1
2008: 2
2006: 1
2005: 1
2004: 1
2003: 1
2001: 1
2000: 2

Rate of Unintentional Female Gun Death per 100,000 People

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

2018: 0.0121
2016: 0
2015: 0
2013: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0
2006: 0
2005: 0
2004: 0
2003: 0
2001: 0
2000: 0

Unintentional Handgun Deaths

ChartIn Germany, annual unintentional shooting deaths by handgun total

2013: 134
2012: 1
2011: 1
2010: 2
2009: 2
2008: 5
2007: 2
2006: 2
2004: 1
2003: 3
2002: 3
2001: 2
2000: 4
1999: 8
1998: 2

Rate of Unintentional Handgun Death per 100,000 People

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

2013: 0.0034
2012: 0.00
2011: 0.00
2010: 0.00
2009: 0.00
2008: 0.01
2007: 0.00
2006: 0.00
2004: 0.00
2003: 0.00
2002: 0.00
2001: 0.00
2000: 0.00
1999: 0.01
1998: 0.00

Unintentional Long Gun Deaths

ChartIn Germany, annual unintentional shooting deaths by long gun total

2013: 234
2012: 2
2011: 2
2010: 4
2009: 6
2008: 1
2007: 1
2006: 3
2005: 3
2004: 5
2003: 3
2002: 2
2001: 6
2000: 3
1999: 3
1998: 4

Rate of Unintentional Long Gun Death per 100,000 People

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

2013: 0.0034
2012: 0.00
2011: 0.00
2010: 0.00
2009: 0.01
2008: 0.00
2007: 0.00
2006: 0.00
2005: 0.00
2004: 0.01
2003: 0.00
2002: 0.00
2001: 0.01
2000: 0.00
1999: 0.00
1998: 0.00

Unintentional Gun Deaths (Other)

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

2014: 234
2013: 9
2012: 3
2011: 8
2010: 7
2009: 6
2008: 9
2007: 5
2006: 9
2005: 5
2004: 7
2003: 11
2002: 13
2001: 12
2000: 16
1999: 5
1998: 7

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

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

2014: 0.0034
2013: 0.01
2012: 0.00
2011: 0.01
2010: 0.01
2009: 0.01
2008: 0.01
2007: 0.01
2006: 0.01
2005: 0.01
2004: 0.01
2003: 0.01
2002: 0.02
2001: 0.01
2000: 0.02
1999: 0.01
1998: 0.01

Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

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

2018: 4721
2017: 34
2016: 43
2015: 50
2014: 5736
2013: 65
2012: 62 32
2011: 6036
2010: 67
2009: 80
2008: 81
2007: 87
2006: 75
2005: 79
2004: 127
2003: 105
2002: 122
2001: 132
2000: 152
1999: 124
1998: 121

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

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

2019: 021
2018: 0.06
2017: 0.04
2016: 0.05
2015: 0.06
2014: 0.07
2013: 0.08
2012: 0.08
2011: 0.07
2010: 0.08
2009: 0.10
2008: 0.10
2007: 0.11
2006: 0.09
2005: 0.10
2004: 0.15
2003: 0.13
2002: 0.15
2001: 0.16
2000: 0.18
1999: 0.15
1998: 0.15
1994: 0.1537

Male Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

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

2018: 4021
2017: 33
2016: 40
2015: 4621
2014: 5221
2013: 56
2012: 56
2011: 53
2010: 61
2009: 74
2008: 74
2007: 75
2006: 67
2005: 74
2004: 114
2003: 93
2001: 117
2000: 130

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

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

2018: 0.1021
2017: 0.08
2016: 0.10
2015: 0.12
2014: 0.13
2013: 0.14
2012: 0.14
2011: 0.13
2010: 0.15
2009: 0.18
2008: 0.18
2007: 0.19
2006: 0.17
2005: 0.18
2004: 0.28
2003: 0.23
2001: 0.29
2000: 0.32

Female Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

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

2018: 721
2017: 1
2016: 3
2015: 4
2014: 5
2013: 9
2012: 6
2011: 7
2010: 6
2009: 6
2008: 7
2007: 12
2006: 8
2005: 5
2004: 13
2003: 12
2001: 15
2000: 22

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

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

2018: 0.0221
2017: 0
2016: 0.01
2015: 0.01
2014: 0.01
2013: 0.02
2012: 0.01
2011: 0.02
2010: 0.01
2009: 0.01
2008: 0.02
2007: 0.03
2006: 0.02
2005: 0.01
2004: 0.03
2003: 0.03
2001: 0.04
2000: 0.05

Handgun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

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

2014: 1936
2013: 16
2012: 20
2011: 11
2010: 26
2009: 23
2008: 24
2007: 25
2006: 32
2005: 34
2004: 59
2003: 28
2002: 45
2001: 47
2000: 76
1999: 41
1998: 37

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

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

2014: 0.0236
2013: 0.02
2012: 0.02
2011: 0.01
2010: 0.03
2009: 0.03
2008: 0.03
2007: 0.03
2006: 0.04
2005: 0.04
2004: 0.07
2003: 0.03
2002: 0.05
2001: 0.06
2000: 0.09
1999: 0.05
1998: 0.05

Long Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

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

2014: 636
2013: 4
2012: 6
2011: 2
2010: 4
2009: 3
2008: 1
2007: 5
2006: 9
2005: 4
2004: 5
2003: 8
2002: 7
2001: 7
2000: 7
1999: 3
1998: 8

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

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

2014: 0.0136
2013: 0.01
2012: 0.01
2011: 0.00
2010: 0.00
2009: 0.00
2008: 0.00
2007: 0.01
2006: 0.01
2005: 0.00
2004: 0.01
2003: 0.01
2002: 0.01
2001: 0.01
2000: 0.01
1999: 0.00
1998: 0.01

Gun Deaths (Other) from Undetermined Cause

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

2014: 3236
2013: 45
2012: 36
2011: 47
2010: 37
2009: 54
2008: 56
2007: 57
2006: 34
2005: 41
2004: 63
2003: 69
2002: 70
2001: 78
2000: 69
1999: 80
1998: 76

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

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

2014: 0.0436
2013: 0.06
2012: 0.04
2011: 0.06
2010: 0.05
2009: 0.07
2008: 0.07
2007: 0.07
2006: 0.04
2005: 0.05
2004: 0.08
2003: 0.08
2002: 0.08
2001: 0.09
2000: 0.08
1999: 0.10
1998: 0.09

Legal Intervention Gun Homicides

ChartIn Germany, annual legal-intervention gun homicides total

2015: 421
2014: 5
2013: 5
2012: 4
2011: 2
2010: 5
2009: 3
2008: 1
2007: 3

ProductionGun Industry

Regulation of Firearm Makers

In Germany, the manufacture of small arms, ammunition and/or their components is permitted only if the maker holds a valid licence38

Small Arms Manufacture - World Ranking

In a classification of the world's small, medium and major firearm manufacturers, Germany was ranked 'medium'39 40

Home-made Guns

In Germany, the prevalence of illicit craft, or 'home-made' firearm manufacture is reported to be moderate41

TransfersGun Trade and Trafficking

Firearm Exports

In Germany, firearm and ammunition exports are limited by transfer control law42 43 44 45 46

Firearm Exports (Number)

ChartThe annual number of firearms exported from Germany is reported by manufacturers to be

2020: 32,83747
2019: 42,133
2018: 31,64147
2017: 29,654
2016: 28,368
2015: 74,021
2014: 90,24548
2013: 60,196
2012: 43,553
2011: 19,559
2010: 19,280
2009: 34,625
2008: 34,616
2007: 29,857
2006: 15,239

Small Arms Exports (US$) - Customs

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

2021: 555,883,00049
2020: 390,545,000
2019: 386,325,000
2018: 418,124,000
2017: 420,679,000
2016: 464,221,000
2015: 392,491,000
2014: 448,974,000
2013: 540,356,000
2012: 442,608,000
2011: 340,191,000
2010: 332,178,000
2009: 367,438,000
2008: 399,821,000
2007: 332,500,000
2006: 272,409,000
2005: 263,685,000
2004: 240,018,000
2003: 179,944,000
2002: 152,310,000
2001: 150,000,00050 51 52

Small Arms Exports - World Ranking

In a comparison of the world's major/mid-level/minor/unknown small arms exporters, Germany was categorized as 'major'53 54 55 56 52 57

Firearm Imports

In Germany, firearm and ammunition imports are limited by transfer control law58 43 44 45 46

Firearm Imports (Number)

ChartThe annual number of firearms imported to Germany is reported to be

2020: 83048
2019: 994
2018: 5,59947
2017: 1,136
2016: 276
2015: 602
2014: 13748
2009: 125
2008: 368
2007: 119
2006: 122

Small Arms Imports (US$) - Customs

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

2021: 203,411,00059
2020: 195,162,000
2019: 193,195,000
2018: 188,617,000
2017: 197,959,000
2016: 185,830,000
2015: 151,046,000
2014: 170,924,000
2013: 196,773,000
2012: 173,098,000
2011: 141,942,000
2010: 128,577,000
2009: 117,765,000
2008: 146,205,000
2007: 106,356,000
2006: 88,418,000
2005: 87,131,000
2004: 80,629,000
2003: 67,730,000
2002: 73,855,000
2001: 97,000,00060 61

Smuggling Guns and Ammunition

Reports suggest that the level of firearm and ammunition smuggling in Germany is moderate62

Regulation of Arms Brokers

In Germany, the activities of arms brokers and transfer intermediaries are specifically regulated by law63

End User Certificates

Customs regulations in Germany include64 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, Germany scored

2020: 20
2019: 19.5065
2018: 18.5066
2016: 19.7567
2014: 19.7568
2013: 20.5069
2012: 18.5070
2011: 18.7571
2010: 18.2572
2009: 18.0073
2008: 17.2574
2007: 17.2575
2006: 16.7576
2005: 17.2577
2004: 17.0078

MeasuresGun Regulation

Firearm Regulation - Guiding Policy

The regulation of guns in Germany is categorised as restrictive79 80

Firearm Law

Guiding gun control legislation in Germany includes the Basic Law (War Weapons Control Act),81 82 83 the Weapons Act of 2002,84Directive (EU) 2021/555 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 24 March 2021 on control of the acquisition and possession of weapons ,85 86 the European Union Firearms Regulation of 2012, the Common Position on the Control of Arms Brokering of 2003,87 and the Convention of 1 July 1969 on Reciprocal Recognition of Proofmarks on Small Arms88

Firearm Regulation Authority

Guns in Germany are regulated by the Ministry of the Interior81 89 90 and the Federal States,91 and the European Commission86

Right to Possess Firearms

In Germany, the right to private gun ownership is not guaranteed by law92 93 94 3

Restricted Firearms and Ammunition

In Germany, civilians are not allowed to possess automatic firearms, firearms disguised as other objects, and armour-piercing, incendiary and expanding ammunition95 96

Regulation of Automatic Weapons

In Germany, private possession of fully automatic weapons is prohibited96 97 98

Regulation of Semiautomatic Assault Weapons

In Germany, private possession of semi-automatic assault weapons is permitted only with special authorisation96 99 100 98

Regulation of Handguns

In Germany, private possession of handguns (pistols and revolvers) is permitted only with special authorisation97 99 100 98 28

Law Regulates Long Guns

In Germany, civilian possession of rifles and shotguns is regulated by law28

Gun Ownership and Possession

In Germany, only licensed gun owners101 102 97 99 may lawfully acquire, possess or transfer a firearm or ammunition

Genuine Reason Required for Firearm Possession

Applicants for a gun owner’s licence in Germany are required to establish a genuine reason to possess a firearm, for example hunting, sport shooting, collection, tradition, commerical activity, and security103 104

Minimum Age for Firearm Possession

The minimum age for gun ownership in Germany is 18 years101 104

Gun Owner Background Checks

An applicant for a firearm licence in Germany must pass a background check which considers extremist affiliations, criminal, mental health and addiction105 106 104 records

Domestic Violence and Firearms

Where a past history, or apprehended likelihood of family violence exists, the law in Germany does not stipulate (unless reflected in a criminal record)14 that a gun licence should be denied or revoked

Firearm Safety Training

In Germany, an understanding of firearm safety and the law, tested in a theoretical and/or practical training course is required107 for a firearm licence

Licensing Records

In Germany, authorities maintain a record108 of individual civilians licensed to acquire, possess, sell or transfer a firearm or ammunition

Limit on Number of Guns

Licensed firearm owners in Germany are permitted to possess one firearm per licence3 109 110

Limit on Quantity, Type of Ammunition

Licensed firearm owners in Germany are permitted to possess only ammunition suitable for the intended firearm111

Firearm Registration

Civilian Gun Registration

In Germany, the law requires108 112 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 Germany, licensed firearm dealers are required113 to keep a record of each firearm or ammunition purchase, sale or transfer on behalf of a regulating authority

Gun Manufacturer Record Keeping

In Germany, licensed gun makers are required113 to keep a record of each firearm produced, for inspection by a regulating authority

State-Owned Firearm Records

In Germany, State agencies are required114 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 Germany, dealing in firearms by way of business without a valid gun dealer’s licence is unlawful115

Number of Licensed Gun Dealers

ChartThe number of licensed firearm dealers in Germany is reported to be

2018: 3,7501
2016: 3,500116

Storage and Transport of Guns and Ammunition

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Private

Firearm regulations in Germany include117 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 Germany include117 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition by licensed arms dealers

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Government

Government regulations in Germany include114 118 119 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition by state entities

Firearm and Ammunition Transport Regulations

Regulations in Germany include120 121 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition while in transit

Carrying Guns

Law Regulates Firearms in Public

In Germany, carrying a gun in a public place is regulated by law111

Gun Free Zones

In Germany, private guns are prohibited in public events unless specifically authorized122

Penalty for Illicit Firearm Possession

In Germany, the maximum penalty for unlawful possession of a firearm123 is 10 years in prison124

MeasuresInternational Controls

Regional Agreements

European Union

As a member of the European Union, Germany 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 Parliament125 126

European Union Export Reporting

Under the European Union Common Position on Arms Exports, Germany 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 Germany has submitted one or more national reports127 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, lists128 Germany 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 signed in 2006129 by Germany.

Arms Trade Treaty

The Arms Trade Treaty has been signed and ratified130 by Germany

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 ratified131 by Germany

United Nations Small Arms Programme of Action UNPoA

UNPoA Commitment

On 21 July 2001, Germany 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 Aspects132

UNPoA Implementation Monitor Score

In its UN small arms Programme of Action Implementation Monitor (PoAIM Phase 1), the Small Arms Survey scored Germany against its commitments to the PoA, then ranked it at No. 5133 134 135 136 among 159 Member States

UNPoA National Reporting

Under the terms of its 2001 commitment to the United Nations small arms Programme of Action, Germany has submitted one or more national reports137 138 on its implementation of the UNPoA

UNPoA National Point of Contact

In Germany, a National Point of Contact to deal with issues relating to the UNPoA has been designated138

UNPoA National Coordinating Body

In Germany, a National Coordinating Body to deal with issues relating to the UNPoA has not been designated139 138

UNPoA Civil Society Involvement and Support

In National Reports of Germany submitted to the UN from 2001 to 2010, a history of substantive cooperation with civil society in support of UNPoA activities was apparent139 138

UNPoA International Assistance – Donor

Funds for UNPoA implementation have been donated138 by Germany to other UN Member States

United Nations Small Arms Register

According to the United Nations Register of Conventional Arms, Germany has declared140 its small arms exports in one or more annual National Reports on Arms Exports.

United Nations Membership

In the UN List of Member States, Germany has been a Member State of the United Nations since 1973141

Wassenaar Arrangement

The Wassenaar Arrangement on Export Controls and Conventional Arms and Dual-Use Goods and Technologies lists142 Germany as a Participating State

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 16,143 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 Germany, annual homicides by any means total

2020: 78222
2019: 623
2018: 788
2017: 813
2016: 963
2015: 682
2014: 716
2013: 682
2012: 659
2011: 738
2010: 793
2009: 803
2008: 722
2007: 757
2006: 808
2005: 869
2004: 868
2003: 859
2002: 955
2001: 925
2000: 1,015
1999: 1,02023
1998: 998
1997: 1,265
1996: 1,382
1995: 1,406

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

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

2020: 0.9322
2019: 0.75
2018: 0.95
2017: 0.98
2016: 1.17
2015: 0.83
2014: 0.88
2013: 0.84
2012: 0.81
2011: 0.91
2010: 0.98
2009: 0.98
2008: 0.88
2007: 0.92
2006: 1.0
2005: 1.0
2004: 1.0
2003: 1.0
2002: 1.1
2001: 1.1
2000: 1.2
1999: 1.223
1998: 1.2
1997: 1.5
1996: 1.7
1995: 1.7
1994: 1.1724

Male Homicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn Germany, annual male homicides by any means total

2020: 85022
2019: 694
2018: 842
2017: 866
2016: 988
2015: 710
2014: 377
2013: 354
2012: 363
2011: 400
2010: 400
2009: 417
2008: 385
2007: 395

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

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

2020: 1.0322
2019: 0.84
2018: 1.03
2017: 1.06
2016: 1.22
2015: 0.88
2014: 0.94
2013: 0.89
2012: 0.91
2011: 1.01
2010: 1.01
2009: 1.05
2008: 0.97
2007: 0.99

Female Homicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn Germany, annual female homicides by any means total

2020: 71422
2019: 552
2018: 734
2017: 760
2016: 938
2015: 654
2014: 339
2013: 328
2012: 296
2011: 338
2010: 393
2009: 386
2008: 337
2007: 362

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

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

2020: 0.8422
2019: 0.65
2018: 0.87
2017: 0.91
2016: 1.12
2015: 0.79
2014: 0.82
2013: 0.79
2012: 0.72
2011: 0.82
2010: 0.95
2009: 0.93
2008: 0.81
2007: 0.87

Gun Homicides

ChartIn Germany, annual firearm homicides total

2015: 8222
2014: 81
2013: 93
2012: 99
2011: 92
2010: 84
2009: 75
2008: 57
2007: 59
2006: 6525 26 23
2005: 89
2004: 9825 23
2003: 85
2002: 106
2001: 84
2000: 101
1999: 155
1998: 126
1997: 55523
1996: 582
1995: 804

Rate of Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

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

2015: 0.0621
2014: 0.05
2013: 0.07
2012: 0.08
2011: 0.07
2010: 0.06
2009: 0.09
2008: 0.07
2007: 0.07
2006: 0.0825 8 23
2005: 0.11
2004: 0.1225 23
2003: 0.10
2002: 0.13
2001: 0.10
2000: 0.12
1999: 0.19
1998: 0.15
1997: 0.723
1996: 0.7
1995: 1.0
1994: 0.2227

Proportion of Homicides Committed With a Gun

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

2011: 13%28
2010: 26.3%23
2009: 29.9%
2008: 26.1%
2007: 26.9%
2006: 24%26
2005: 24%
2004: 30.5%23
2003: 33.8%
2002: 29.4%
2001: 38.1%
2000: 40.0%
1999: 41.2%
1998: 41.2%
1997: 47.1%
1996: 46.6%
1995: 58.6%

Male Gun Homicide Victims

ChartIn Germany, annual male firearm homicides total

2018: 1321
2017: 10
2016: 16
2015: 11
2014: 16
2013: 9
2012: 20
2011: 18
2010: 18
2009: 15
2008: 19
2007: 18
2006: 14
2005: 23
2004: 34
2003: 26
2001: 29
2000: 36

Rate of Male Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

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

2018: 0.0321
2017: 0.03
2016: 0.04
2015: 0.03
2014: 0.04
2013: 0.02
2012: 0.05
2011: 0.04
2010: 0.04
2009: 0.04
2008: 0.05
2007: 0.04
2006: 0.03
2005: 0.06
2004: 0.08
2003: 0.06
2001: 0.07
2000: 0.09

Female Gun Homicide Victims

ChartIn Germany, annual female firearm homicides total

2018: 1721
2017: 17
2016: 17
2015: 12
2014: 9
2013: 12
2012: 15
2011: 15
2010: 17
2009: 20
2008: 15
2007: 17
2006: 19
2005: 28
2004: 25
2003: 28
2001: 24
2000: 25

Rate of Female Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

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

2018: 0.0421
2017: 0.04
2016: 0.04
2015: 0.03
2014: 0.02
2013: 0.03
2012: 0.04
2011: 0.04
2010: 0.04
2009: 0.05
2008: 0.04
2007: 0.04
2006: 0.05
2005: 0.07
2004: 0.06
2003: 0.07
2001: 0.06
2000: 0.06

Conflict Deaths

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

Disarmament

Authorities in Germany are known to have144 145 146 implemented voluntary firearm surrender schemes, and/or weapon seizure programmes in order to reduce the number of illicit firearms in circulation

Surrendered in Gun Amnesty

ChartIn Germany, the number of firearms voluntarily surrendered in recent arms amnesty and collection programmes is reported to be

2017: >37.200
2009: 200.000147

Firearms Surrendered and Seized

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

2020: 30,739148
2011: 5,420149
2010/13: 43,543150 94

Small Arms Destroyed

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

2019: 42,089151
2018: 49,994
2017: 2,385152
2016: 17,938
2015: 57,161153
2011: 27,082154
1991/2004: 1,781,696155
1990/2009: 2,303,252144 145 146

Destruction and Disposal Policy

In Germany, it is state policy156 157 to destroy surplus, collected and seized firearms rather than return them to the secondary arms market

Marking and Tracing

Firearm Marking

In Germany, a unique identifying mark on each firearm is required by law113 158

Firearm Tracing

In Germany, state authorities carry out159 160 112 recognised arms tracing and tracking procedures

Global Peace Index

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


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