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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 Israel is

2017: 557,0001
2014: 330,0002 3 4
2005: 500,0005

Rate of Civilian Firearm Possession per 100 Population

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

2017: 6.701
2014: 4.176 7 4
2005: 7.35

Number of Privately Owned Firearms - World Ranking

In a 2007 comparison of the number of privately owned guns in 178 countries, Israel ranked at No. 818

Rate of Privately Owned Firearms per 100 Population - World Ranking

In a 2007 comparison of the rate of private gun ownership in 178 countries, Israel ranked at No. 795

Number of Licensed Firearm Owners

The number of licensed gun owners in Israel is reported to be

2012: 163,2749 10 11 12

Rate of Licensed Firearm Owners per 100 Population

The rate of licensed firearm owners per 100 people in Israel is

2012: 2.136

Number of Registered Firearms

ChartThe number of registered guns in Israel is reported to be

2017: 290,0001
2014: 300,00013
2005: 403,0005

Rate of Registered Firearms per 100 Population

ChartThe rate of registered guns per 100 people in Israel is

2014: 3.796
2005: 5.99

Estimated Number of Unregistered and Illicit Firearms

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

2017: 267,0001

Estimated Rate of Unregistered and Illicit Firearms per 100 Population

Unregistered and unlawfully held guns cannot be counted,14 but in Israel the rate of such firearms per 100 people is estimated to be 0.386

Government Guns

Number of Military Firearms

The defence forces of Israel are reported to have 1,016,90015 firearms

Number of Law Enforcement Firearms

Police in Israel are reported to have 41,00016 firearms

ImpactsDeath and Injury

Total Number of Gun Deaths

ChartIn Israel, annual deaths resulting from firearms total

2018: 11317
2017: 129
2016: 107
2015: 109
2014: 9817
2013: 9918 19 20
2012: 129
2011: 15718 19 21 20 22
2010: 135
2009: 13923
2008: 14318 19 21 20
2007: 81
2006: 151
2005: 17518 19 21 20
2004: 140
2003: 198
2002: 191
2001: 196
2000: 175
1999: 169
1998: 16719 21 20
1997: 16118 19 24
1996: 9218 19

Rate of All Gun Deaths per 100,000 People

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

2018: 1.3617
2017: 1.58
2016: 1.33
2015: 1.38
2014: 1.26
2013: 1.29
2012: 1.72
2011: 2.13
2010: 1.87
2009: 1.96
2008: 2.05
2007: 1.18
2006: 2.25
2005: 2.65
2004: 2.16
2003: 3.12
2002: 3.01
2001: 3.14
2000: 2.87
1999: 2.84
1998: 2.88
1997: 2.85
1996: 1.67

Total Number of Male Gun Deaths

ChartIn Israel, annual male deaths resulting from firearms total

2018: 10017
2017: 119
2016: 97
2015: 98
2014: 87
2013: 86
2012: 120
2011: 142
2010: 119
2009: 127
2008: 125
2007: 74
2006: 131
2005: 159
2004: 123
2003: 180
2001: 178
2000: 153

Rate of Male Gun Death per 100,000 People

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

2018: 2.4017
2017: 2.90
2016: 2.40
2015: 2.46
2014: 2.23
2013: 2.24
2012: 3.19
2011: 3.84
2010: 3.28
2009: 3.57
2008: 3.58
2007: 2.16
2006: 3.89
2005: 4.81
2004: 3.79
2003: 5.66
2001: 5.71
2000: 5.02

Total Number of Female Gun Deaths

ChartIn Israel, annual female deaths resulting from firearms total

2018: 1317
2017: 10
2016: 10
2015: 11
2014: 11
2013: 13
2012: 9
2011: 15
2010: 16
2009: 12
2008: 18
2007: 7
2006: 20
2005: 16
2004: 17
2003: 18
2001: 18
2000: 22

Rate of Female Gun Death per 100,000 People

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

2018: 0.3117
2017: 0.25
2016: 0.25
2015: 0.28
2014: 0.28
2013: 0.34
2012: 0.24
2011: 0.41
2010: 0.44
2009: 0.34
2008: 0.52
2007: 0.20
2006: 0.60
2005: 0.49
2004: 0.53
2003: 0.57
2001: 0.58
2000: 0.72

Homicides (any method)

ChartIn Israel, annual homicides by any means total

2018: 12417
2017: 132
2016: 117
2015: 134
2014: 129
2013: 129
2012: 132
2011: 158
2010: 152
2009: 145
2008: 139
2007: 144
2006: 216
2005: 215
2004: 229
2003: 326
2002: 22725 26
2001: 363
2000: 188
1999: 13726
1998: 147
1997: 156
1996: 117
1995: 112

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

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

2019: 17
2018: 1.47
2017: 1.59
2016: 1.43
2015: 1.66
2014: 1.63
2013: 1.66
2012: 1.73
2011: 2.10
2010: 2.06
2009: 2
2008: 1.96
2007: 2.06
2006: 3.15
2005: 3.20
2004: 3.47
2003: 5.03
2002: 3.625 26
2001: 5.82
2000: 3.08
1999: 2.326
1998: 2.5
1997: 2.8
1996: 2.1
1995: 2.1
1993: 2.3227

Male Homicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn Israel, annual male homicides by any means total

2015: 10917
2014: 104
2013: 95
2012: 111
2011: 126
2010: 123
2009: 121
2008: 112
2007: 116

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

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

2015: 2.7017
2014: 2.61
2013: 2.43
2012: 2.89
2011: 3.35
2010: 3.33
2009: 3.34
2008: 3.15
2007: 3.32

Female Homicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn Israel, annual female homicides by any means total

2015: 2717
2014: 26
2013: 36
2012: 25
2011: 38
2010: 35
2009: 28
2008: 32
2007: 28

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

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

2017: 0.5528
2016: 0.56
2015: 0.60
2014: 0.64
2013: 0.90
2012: 0.62
2011: 0.90
2010: 0.92
2009: 0.78
2008: 0.90
2007: 0.80

Gun Homicides

ChartIn Israel, annual firearm homicides total

2018: 6317
2017: 66
2016: 54
2015: 5517
2014: 5017
2013: 6518
2012: 71
2011: 8118 22
2010: 74
2009: 70
2008: 61
2007: 718 26
2006: 48
2005: 58
2004: 67
2003: 57
2002: 91
2001: 103
2000: 74
1999: 40
1997: 15
1996: 23

Rate of Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

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

2019: 17
2018: 0.75
2017: 0.80
2016: 0.66
2015: 0.68
2014: 0.63
2013: 0.83
2012: 0.93
2011: 1.08
2010: 1
2009: 0.97
2008: 0.86
2007: 0.10
2006: 0.70
2005: 0.86
2004: 1.02
2003: 0.88
2002: 1.39
2001: 1.65
2000: 1.21
1999: 0.65
1997: 0.26
1996: 0.4
1993: 0.7229

Proportion of Homicides Committed With a Gun

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

2011: 55%30
2007: 11.7%26

Male Gun Homicide Victims

ChartIn Israel, annual male firearm homicides total

2018: 5417
2017: 59
2016: 47
2015: 4717
2014: 45
2013: 53
2012: 66
2011: 72
2010: 66
2009: 65
2008: 48
2007: 5
2006: 43
2005: 49
2004: 59
2003: 47
2001: 91
2000: 58

Rate of Male Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

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

2019: 17
2018: 1.28
2017: 1.41
2016: 1.14
2015: 1.16
2014: 1.13
2013: 1.36
2012: 1.72
2011: 1.91
2010: 1.79
2009: 1.79
2008: 1.35
2007: 0.14
2006: 1.25
2005: 1.45
2004: 1.78
2003: 1.45
2001: 2.92
2000: 1.90

Female Gun Homicide Victims

ChartIn Israel, annual female firearm homicides total

2018: 917
2017: 7
2016: 7
2015: 817
2014: 5
2013: 12
2012: 5
2011: 9
2010: 8
2009: 5
2008: 13
2007: 2
2006: 5
2005: 9
2004: 8
2003: 10
2001: 12
2000: 16

Rate of Female Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

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

2019: 17
2018: 0.21
2017: 0.17
2016: 0.17
2015: 0.20
2014: 0.13
2013: 0.31
2012: 0.13
2011: 0.24
2010: 0.22
2009: 0.14
2008: 0.37
2007: 0.06
2006: 0.15
2005: 0.27
2004: 0.24
2003: 0.31
2001: 0.39
2000: 0.53

Long Gun Homicides

ChartIn Israel, annual long gun homicides total

2010: 118
2006: 1
2002: 4

Rate of Long Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

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

2010: 0.0118
2006: 0.01
2002: 0.06

Gun Homicides (Other)

ChartIn Israel, annual gun homicides (other) total

2013: 6518
2012: 71
2011: 81
2010: 74
2009: 70
2008: 61
2007: 7
2006: 48
2005: 58
2004: 67
2003: 57
2002: 87
2001: 103
2000: 74
1999: 40

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

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

2013: 0.8118
2012: 0.90
2011: 1.04
2010: 0.97
2009: 0.94
2008: 0.83
2007: 0.10
2006: 0.68
2005: 0.84
2004: 0.98
2003: 0.85
2002: 1.32
2001: 1.60
2000: 1.18
1999: 0.65

Suicides (any method)

ChartIn Israel, annual suicides by any means total

2018: 48617
2017: 446
2016: 431
2015: 377
2014: 411
2013: 400
2012: 473
2011: 457
2010: 522
2009: 455
2008: 413
2007: 374
2006: 448
2005: 515
2004: 472
2003: 534
2001: 477
2000: 468
1997: 37924

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

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

2019: 017
2018: 5.77
2017: 5.37
2016: 5.27
2015: 4.68
2014: 5.19
2013: 5.14
2012: 6.18
2011: 6.09
2010: 7.08
2009: 6.29
2008: 5.82
2007: 5.36
2006: 6.54
2005: 7.66
2004: 7.15
2003: 8.25
2001: 7.65
2000: 7.68
1997: 5.8924
1993: 7.0531

Male Suicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn Israel, annual male suicides by any means total

2018: 38917
2017: 347
2016: 360
2015: 302
2014: 320
2013: 319
2012: 388
2011: 368
2010: 432
2009: 356
2008: 351
2007: 309
2006: 348
2005: 388
2004: 375
2003: 456
2001: 396
2000: 375

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

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

2018: 9.1917
2017: 8.32
2016: 8.77
2015: 7.47
2014: 8.04
2013: 8.16
2012: 10.11
2011: 9.77
2010: 11.69
2009: 9.82
2008: 9.86
2007: 8.84
2006: 10.14
2005: 11.52
2004: 11.34
2003: 14.07
2001: 12.69
2000: 12.29

Female Suicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn Israel, annual female suicides by any means total

2018: 9717
2017: 99
2016: 71
2015: 75
2014: 91
2013: 81
2012: 85
2011: 89
2010: 90
2009: 99
2008: 62
2007: 65
2006: 100
2005: 127
2004: 97
2003: 78
2001: 81
2000: 93

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

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

2018: 2.3117
2017: 2.40
2016: 1.75
2015: 1.87
2014: 2.31
2013: 2.09
2012: 2.23
2011: 2.38
2010: 2.45
2009: 2.75
2008: 1.75
2007: 1.87
2006: 2.93
2005: 3.78
2004: 2.94
2003: 2.41
2001: 2.60
2000: 3.05

Gun Suicides

ChartIn Israel, annual firearm suicides total

2018: 3717
2017: 44
2016: 41
2015: 35
2014: 31
2013: 2919
2012: 46
2011: 5219 22
2010: 4519
2009: 53
2008: 60
2007: 48
2006: 81
2005: 90
2004: 61
2003: 117
2002: 81
2001: 79
2000: 74
1999: 82
1998: 67
1997: 73
1996: 69

Rate of Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

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

2019: 17
2018: 0.45
2017: 0.54
2016: 0.51
2015: 0.44
2014: 0.40
2013: 0.38
2012: 0.61
2011: 0.71
2010: 0.62
2009: 0.75
2008: 0.86
2007: 0.70
2006: 1.20
2005: 1.36
2004: 0.94
2003: 1.84
2002: 1.23
2001: 1.27
2000: 1.21
1999: 1.34
1998: 1.12
1997: 1.25
1996: 1.21
1993: 1.8432

Male Gun Suicide Victims

ChartIn Israel, annual male firearm suicides total

2018: 3517
2017: 42
2016: 39
2015: 33
2014: 26
2013: 28
2012: 42
2011: 48
2010: 39
2009: 47
2008: 57
2007: 46
2006: 69
2005: 84
2004: 55
2003: 111
2001: 73
2000: 68

Rate of Male Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

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

2018: 0.8317
2017: 1.01
2016: 0.95
2015: 0.82
2014: 0.65
2013: 0.72
2012: 1.09
2011: 1.27
2010: 1.06
2009: 1.30
2008: 1.60
2007: 1.32
2006: 2.01
2005: 2.49
2004: 1.66
2003: 3.42
2001: 2.34
2000: 2.23

Female Gun Suicide Victims

ChartIn Israel, annual female firearm suicides total

2018: 217
2017: 2
2016: 2
2015: 2
2014: 5
2013: 1
2012: 4
2011: 4
2010: 6
2009: 6
2008: 3
2007: 2
2006: 12
2005: 6
2004: 6
2003: 6
2001: 6
2000: 6

Rate of Female Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

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

2018: 0.0517
2017: 0.05
2016: 0.05
2015: 0.05
2014: 0.13
2013: 0.03
2012: 0.11
2011: 0.11
2010: 0.16
2009: 0.17
2008: 0.08
2007: 0.06
2006: 0.35
2005: 0.18
2004: 0.18
2003: 0.19
2001: 0.19
2000: 0.20

Handgun Suicides

ChartIn Israel, annual handgun suicides total

2011: 119
2009: 2
2008: 1
2004: 1
1998: 1

Rate of Handgun Suicide per 100,000 People

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

2011: 0.0119
2009: 0.03
2008: 0.01
2004: 0.01
1998: 0.02

Long Gun Suicides

ChartIn Israel, the number of long gun suicides is

2009: 319
2005: 2

Rate of Long Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

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

2009: 0.0419
2005: 0.03

Gun Suicides (Other)

ChartIn Israel, annual gun suicides (other) total

2013: 2919
2012: 46
2011: 51
2010: 45
2009: 48
2008: 59
2007: 45
2006: 81
2005: 88
2004: 60
2003: 117
2002: 81
2001: 79
2000: 74
1999: 82
1998: 66

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

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

2013: 0.3619
2012: 0.58
2011: 0.66
2010: 0.59
2009: 0.64
2008: 0.81
2007: 0.63
2006: 1.15
2005: 1.27
2004: 0.88
2003: 1.75
2002: 1.23
2001: 1.23
2000: 1.18
1999: 1.34
1998: 1.11

Unintentional Gun Deaths

ChartIn Israel, annual unintentional shooting deaths total

2018: 217
2017: 2
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 421 22
2010: 0
2009: 2
2008: 3
2007: 25
2006: 20
2005: 25
2004: 9
2003: 18
2002: 18
2001: 11
2000: 13
1999: 10
1998: 7
1997: 024

Rate of Unintentional Gun Death per 100,000 People

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

2018: 0.0217
2017: 0.02
2016:
2015:
2014:
2013:
2012:
2011: 0.05
2010:
2009: 0.03
2008: 0.04
2007: 0.36
2006: 0.29
2005: 0.37
2004: 0.14
2003: 0.28
2002: 0.27
2001: 0.18
2000: 0.21
1999: 0.16
1998: 0.12
1997: 0.0024
1993: 0.1333

Unintentional Male Gun Deaths

ChartIn Israel, annual unintentional male shooting deaths total

2018: 217
2017: 2
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 4
2010: 0
2009: 2
2008: 2
2007: 22
2006: 18
2005: 24
2004: 6
2003: 16
2001: 11
2000: 13

Rate of Unintentional Male Gun Death per 100,000 People

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

2018: 0.0517
2017: 0.05
2011: 0.11
2009: 0.06
2008: 0.06
2007: 0.63
2006: 0.52
2005: 0.71
2004: 0.18
2003: 0.49
2001: 0.35
2000: 0.43

Unintentional Female Gun Deaths

ChartIn Israel, annual unintentional female shooting deaths total

2014: 017
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2008: 1
2007: 3
2006: 2
2005: 1
2004: 3
2003: 2

Rate of Unintentional Female Gun Death per 100,000 People

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

2008: 0.0317
2007: 0.09
2006: 0.06
2005: 0.03
2004: 0.09
2003: 0.06

Unintentional Handgun Deaths

In Israel, annual unintentional shooting deaths by handgun total

2002: 121

Rate of Unintentional Handgun Death per 100,000 People

In Israel, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death by handgun per 100,000 population is

2002: 0.0221

Unintentional Long Gun Deaths

In Israel, annual unintentional shooting deaths by long gun total

1998: 121

Rate of Unintentional Long Gun Death per 100,000 People

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

1998: 0.0221

Unintentional Gun Deaths (Other)

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

2011: 421
2009: 2
2008: 3
2007: 25
2006: 20
2005: 25
2004: 9
2003: 18
2002: 17
2001: 11
2000: 13
1999: 10
1998: 6

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

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

2011: 0.0521
2009: 0.03
2008: 0.04
2007: 0.35
2006: 0.28
2005: 0.36
2004: 0.13
2003: 0.27
2002: 0.26
2001: 0.17
2000: 0.21
1999: 0.16
1998: 0.10

Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

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

2018: 817
2017: 17
2016: 10
2015: 18
2014: 1717
2013: 520
2012: 12
2011: 20 22
2010: 1520
2009: 14
2008: 19
2007: 1
2006: 1
2005: 2
2004: 3
2003: 4
2002: 1
2001: 2
2000: 11
1999: 37
1998: 93
1997: 7324

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

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

2019: 017
2018: 0.09
2017: 0.20
2016: 0.12
2015: 0.22
2014: 0.21
2013: 0.06
2012: 0.16
2011: 0.27
2010: 0.20
2009: 0.19
2008: 0.27
2007: 0.01
2006: 0.01
2005: 0.03
2004: 0.05
2003: 0.06
2002: 0.02
2001: 0.03
2000: 0.18
1999: 0.60
1998: 1.56
1997: 1.1324
1993: 0.3034

Male Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

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

2018: 617
2017: 16
2016: 10
2015: 1717
2014: 1617
2013: 5
2012: 12
2011: 18
2010: 13
2009: 13
2008: 18
2007: 1
2006: 1
2005: 2
2004: 3
2003: 4
2001: 2
2000: 11

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

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

2018: 0.1417
2017: 0.38
2016: 0.24
2015: 0.42
2014: 0.40
2013: 0.13
2012: 0.31
2011: 0.48
2010: 0.35
2009: 0.36
2008: 0.51
2007: 0.03
2006: 0.03
2005: 0.06
2004: 0.09
2003: 0.12
2001: 0.06
2000: 0.36

Female Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

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

2018: 217
2017: 1
2015: 1
2014: 1
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 2
2010: 2
2009: 1
2008: 1

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

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

2018: 0.0517
2017: 0.02
2015: 0.02
2014: 0.03
2011: 0.05
2010: 0.05
2009: 0.03
2008: 0.03

Handgun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

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

2009: 120
2000: 1

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

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

2009: 0.0120
2000: 0.02

Long Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

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

2011: 220
2010: 1
2000: 2

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

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

2011: 0.0320
2010: 0.01
2000: 0.03

Gun Deaths (Other) from Undetermined Cause

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

2013: 520
2012: 12
2011: 18
2010: 14
2009: 13
2008: 19
2007: 1
2005: 1
2004: 3
2003: 4
2002: 1
2001: 2
2000: 8
1999: 37
1998: 93

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

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

2013: 0.0620
2012: 0.15
2011: 0.23
2010: 0.18
2009: 0.17
2008: 0.26
2007: 0.01
2005: 0.01
2004: 0.04
2003: 0.06
2002: 0.02
2001: 0.03
2000: 0.13
1999: 0.60
1998: 1.56

Legal Intervention Gun Homicides

In Israel, annual legal-intervention gun homicides total

2015: 317

ProductionGun Industry

Regulation of Firearm Makers

In Israel, the manufacture of small arms, ammunition and/or their components is permitted only if the maker holds a valid licence35

Small Arms Manufacture - World Ranking

In a classification of the world's small, medium and major firearm manufacturers, Israel was ranked 'medium'36

TransfersGun Trade and Trafficking

Firearm Exports

In Israel, firearm and ammunition exports are limited by transfer control law3738

Small Arms Exports (US$) - Customs

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

2017: 134,000,000
2016: 133,000,00039

Small Arms Exports - World Ranking

In a comparison of the world's major/mid-level/minor/unknown small arms exporters, Israel was categorized as 'major'40 41 42 43 44

Firearm Imports

In Israel, firearm and ammunition imports are limited by transfer control law3738

Small Arms Imports (US$) - Customs

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

2017: 55,000,000
2016: 71,000,00045

Regulation of Arms Brokers

In Israel, the activities of arms brokers and transfer intermediaries are specifically regulated by law37 46

End User Certificates

Customs regulations in Israel include 47 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, Israel scored

2020: 1.25
2019: 1.2548
2018: 0.7549
2016: 7.7550
2014: 8.7551
2013: 9.2552
2012: 9.7553
2011: 10.7554
2010: 10.0055
2009: 6.0056
2008: 5.7557
2007: 6.0058
2006: 5.0059
2005: 4.2560
2004: 3.5061

MeasuresGun Regulation

Firearm Law

Guiding gun control legislation in Israel includes the Firearm Law of 1949 35, Policy of the Minister of Public Security35

Firearm Regulation Authority

Guns in Israel are regulated by the Public Security Ministry62

Right to Possess Firearms

In Israel, the right to private gun ownership is not guaranteed by law63 64 65

Restricted Firearms and Ammunition

Law Regulates Automatic Weapons

In Israel, civilian possession of automatic weapons is regulated by law30

Law Regulates Handguns

In Israel, civilian possession of handguns is regulated by law30

Law Regulates Long Guns

In Israel, civilian possession of rifles and shotguns is regulated by law30

Gun Ownership and Possession

In Israel, only licensed gun owners66 11 30 may lawfully acquire, possess or transfer a firearm or ammunition

Genuine Reason Required for Firearm Possession

Applicants for a gun owner’s licence in Israel are required to establish a genuine reason to possess a firearm, for example self-defence, hunting and sport67 68 69 11 62 70

Minimum Age for Firearm Possession

The minimum age for gun ownership in Israel is 27 years, 21 years if completed national service or 18 years if served in the military67 62 70

Gun Owner Background Checks

An applicant for a firearm licence in Israel must pass a background check which considers health, mental health and criminal67 11 30 62 70 records

Firearm Safety Training

In Israel, an understanding of firearm safety and the law, tested in a theoretical and/or practical training course is required71 62 70 for a firearm licence

Gun Owner Licensing Period

In Israel, gun owners must re-apply and re-qualify for their firearm licence every three years66 69

Licensing Records

In Israel, authorities maintain a record72 73 of individual civilians licensed to acquire, possess, sell or transfer a firearm or ammunition

Limit on Number of Guns

Licensed firearm owners in Israel are permitted to possess one firearm per licence62 74

Limit on Quantity, Type of Ammunition

Licensed firearm owners in Israel are permitted to possess a limited quantity of ammunition75 62 74

Firearm Registration

Civilian Gun Registration

In Israel, the law requires72 73 that a record of the acquisition, possession and transfer of each privately held firearm be retained in an official register

Gun Manufacturer Record Keeping

In Israel, licensed gun makers are required7677 to keep a record of each firearm produced, for inspection by a regulating authority

State-Owned Firearm Records

In Israel, State agencies are required78 73 79 to maintain records of the storage and movement of all firearms and ammunition under their control

Gun Sales and Transfers

Regulation of Private Gun Sales

In Israel, the private sale and transfer of firearms is prohibited62

Regulation of Dealer Gun Sales

In Israel, dealing in firearms by way of business without a valid gun dealer’s licence is unlawful62

Storage and Transport of Guns and Ammunition

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Private

Firearm regulations in Israel include66 11 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 Israel include 80 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition by state entities

Carrying Guns

Carrying Guns Openly in Public

In Israel, carrying a firearm in plain view in a public place is allowed, subject to a valid permit66 11 30

Carrying Hidden Handguns in Public

In Israel, carrying a concealed firearm in a public place is allowed, subject to a valid permit66 11 30

Penalty for Illicit Firearm Possession

In Israel, the maximum penalty for unlawful possession of a firearm81 is 10 years in prison66

MeasuresInternational Controls

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 signed82 by Israel.

Arms Trade Treaty

The Arms Trade Treaty has been signed, but not yet ratified83 by Israel

United Nations Firearms Protocol

The United Nations Protocol against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, Their Parts and Components and Ammunition has not been signed84 by Israel

United Nations Small Arms Programme of Action UNPoA

UNPoA Commitment

On 21 July 2001, Israel 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 Aspects85

UNPoA Implementation Monitor Score

In its UN small arms Programme of Action Implementation Monitor (PoAIM Phase 1), the Small Arms Survey scored Israel against its commitments to the PoA, then ranked it at No. 6786 87 88 89 among 159 Member States

UNPoA National Reporting

Under the terms of its 2001 commitment to the United Nations small arms Programme of Action, Israel has submitted one or more national reports90 46 on its implementation of the UNPoA

UNPoA National Point of Contact

In Israel, a National Point of Contact to deal with issues relating to the UNPoA has been designated91 46

UNPoA National Coordinating Body

In Israel, a National Coordinating Body to deal with issues relating to the UNPoA has been designated91

UNPoA Civil Society Involvement and Support

In National Reports of Israel submitted to the UN from 2001 to 2010, a history of substantive cooperation with civil society in support of UNPoA activities was apparent46

UNPoA International Assistance – Donor

Funds for UNPoA implementation have not been donated46 by Israel to other UN Member States

United Nations Small Arms Register

According to the United Nations Register of Conventional Arms, Israel has not declared92 its small arms exports in one or more annual National Reports on Arms Exports.

United Nations Membership

In the UN List of Member States, Israel has been a Member State of the United Nations since 194993

Wassenaar Arrangement

The Wassenaar Arrangement on Export Controls and Conventional Arms and Dual-Use Goods and Technologies does not list94 Israel 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 16,95 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 Israel, annual homicides by any means total

2018: 12417
2017: 132
2016: 117
2015: 134
2014: 129
2013: 129
2012: 132
2011: 158
2010: 152
2009: 145
2008: 139
2007: 144
2006: 216
2005: 215
2004: 229
2003: 326
2002: 22725 26
2001: 363
2000: 188
1999: 13726
1998: 147
1997: 156
1996: 117
1995: 112

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

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

2019: 17
2018: 1.47
2017: 1.59
2016: 1.43
2015: 1.66
2014: 1.63
2013: 1.66
2012: 1.73
2011: 2.10
2010: 2.06
2009: 2
2008: 1.96
2007: 2.06
2006: 3.15
2005: 3.20
2004: 3.47
2003: 5.03
2002: 3.625 26
2001: 5.82
2000: 3.08
1999: 2.326
1998: 2.5
1997: 2.8
1996: 2.1
1995: 2.1
1993: 2.3227

Male Homicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn Israel, annual male homicides by any means total

2015: 10917
2014: 104
2013: 95
2012: 111
2011: 126
2010: 123
2009: 121
2008: 112
2007: 116

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

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

2015: 2.7017
2014: 2.61
2013: 2.43
2012: 2.89
2011: 3.35
2010: 3.33
2009: 3.34
2008: 3.15
2007: 3.32

Female Homicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn Israel, annual female homicides by any means total

2015: 2717
2014: 26
2013: 36
2012: 25
2011: 38
2010: 35
2009: 28
2008: 32
2007: 28

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

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

2017: 0.5528
2016: 0.56
2015: 0.60
2014: 0.64
2013: 0.90
2012: 0.62
2011: 0.90
2010: 0.92
2009: 0.78
2008: 0.90
2007: 0.80

Gun Homicides

ChartIn Israel, annual firearm homicides total

2018: 6317
2017: 66
2016: 54
2015: 5517
2014: 5017
2013: 6518
2012: 71
2011: 8118 22
2010: 74
2009: 70
2008: 61
2007: 718 26
2006: 48
2005: 58
2004: 67
2003: 57
2002: 91
2001: 103
2000: 74
1999: 40
1997: 15
1996: 23

Rate of Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

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

2019: 17
2018: 0.75
2017: 0.80
2016: 0.66
2015: 0.68
2014: 0.63
2013: 0.83
2012: 0.93
2011: 1.08
2010: 1
2009: 0.97
2008: 0.86
2007: 0.10
2006: 0.70
2005: 0.86
2004: 1.02
2003: 0.88
2002: 1.39
2001: 1.65
2000: 1.21
1999: 0.65
1997: 0.26
1996: 0.4
1993: 0.7229

Proportion of Homicides Committed With a Gun

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

2011: 55%30
2007: 11.7%26

Male Gun Homicide Victims

ChartIn Israel, annual male firearm homicides total

2018: 5417
2017: 59
2016: 47
2015: 4717
2014: 45
2013: 53
2012: 66
2011: 72
2010: 66
2009: 65
2008: 48
2007: 5
2006: 43
2005: 49
2004: 59
2003: 47
2001: 91
2000: 58

Rate of Male Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

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

2019: 17
2018: 1.28
2017: 1.41
2016: 1.14
2015: 1.16
2014: 1.13
2013: 1.36
2012: 1.72
2011: 1.91
2010: 1.79
2009: 1.79
2008: 1.35
2007: 0.14
2006: 1.25
2005: 1.45
2004: 1.78
2003: 1.45
2001: 2.92
2000: 1.90

Female Gun Homicide Victims

ChartIn Israel, annual female firearm homicides total

2018: 917
2017: 7
2016: 7
2015: 817
2014: 5
2013: 12
2012: 5
2011: 9
2010: 8
2009: 5
2008: 13
2007: 2
2006: 5
2005: 9
2004: 8
2003: 10
2001: 12
2000: 16

Rate of Female Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

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

2019: 17
2018: 0.21
2017: 0.17
2016: 0.17
2015: 0.20
2014: 0.13
2013: 0.31
2012: 0.13
2011: 0.24
2010: 0.22
2009: 0.14
2008: 0.37
2007: 0.06
2006: 0.15
2005: 0.27
2004: 0.24
2003: 0.31
2001: 0.39
2000: 0.53

Conflict Deaths

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

Disarmament

Authorities in Israel are known to have11 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

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

2016: 22096

Marking and Tracing

Firearm Marking

In Israel, a unique identifying mark on each firearm is required by law97 98 99 100

Firearm Tracing

In Israel, state authorities carry out73 101 recognised arms tracing and tracking procedures

Global Peace Index

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


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