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StockpilesGun Numbers

Civilian Guns

Number of Privately Owned Firearms

ChartThe estimated total number of guns (both licit and illicit) held by civilians in Jordan is

2017: 1,473,0001
2014: 1,120,0002
2007: 630,0003

Rate of Civilian Firearm Possession per 100 Population

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

2017: 18.701
2014: 17.164
2007: 11.53

Number of Privately Owned Firearms - World Ranking

In a 2007 comparison of the number of privately owned guns in 178 countries, Jordan ranked at No. 715

Rate of Privately Owned Firearms per 100 Population - World Ranking

In a 2007 comparison of the rate of private gun ownership in 178 countries, Jordan ranked at No. 583

Number of Registered Firearms

ChartThe number of registered guns in Jordan is reported to be

2017: 120,0001
2007: 126,0003

Rate of Registered Firearms per 100 Population

The rate of registered guns per 100 people in Jordan is 2.404

Estimated Number of Unregistered and Illicit Firearms

Unregistered and unlawfully held guns cannot be counted,6 but in Jordan there are estimated to be

2017: 1,353,0001

Government Guns

Number of Military Firearms

The defence forces of Jordan are reported to have 286,4507 firearms

Number of Law Enforcement Firearms

Police in Jordan are reported to have 60,0008 firearms

ImpactsDeath and Injury

Total Number of Gun Deaths

ChartIn Jordan, annual deaths resulting from firearms total

2012: 999
2011: 99
2010: 8710
2009: 86
2008: 76

Rate of All Gun Deaths per 100,000 People

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

2012: 1.409
2011: 1.42
2010: 1.28
2009: 1.29
2008: 1.17

Total Number of Male Gun Deaths

ChartIn Jordan, annual male deaths resulting from firearms total

2012: 909
2011: 85
2010: 76
2009: 71
2008: 63

Rate of Male Gun Death per 100,000 People

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

2012: 2.469
2011: 2.36
2010: 2.16
2009: 2.06
2008: 1.86

Total Number of Female Gun Deaths

ChartIn Jordan, annual female deaths resulting from firearms total

2012: 99
2011: 14
2010: 11
2009: 15
2008: 13

Rate of Female Gun Death per 100,000 People

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

2012: 0.269
2011: 0.42
2010: 0.34
2009: 0.47
2008: 0.41

Homicides (any method)

ChartIn Jordan, annual homicides by any means total

2016: 14511
2015: 159
2014: 176
2013: 14411
2012: 1169
2011: 146
2010: 137
2009: 133
2008: 124
2007: 112
2006: 10012 13
2005: 67
1997: 4214
1996: 45
1995: 35

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

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

2016: 1.4411
2015: 1.64
2014: 1.96
2013: 1.84
2012: 1.649
2011: 2.10
2010: 2.01
2009: 2
2008: 1.90
2007: 1.76
2006: 1.812 13
2005: 1.3
1997: 0.9514
1996: 1.04
1995: 0.83

Male Homicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn Jordan, annual male homicides by any means total

2016: 10815
2012: 969
2011: 122
2010: 111
2009: 104
2008: 95
2007: 83

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

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

2016: 2.2715
2012: 2.629
2011: 3.38
2010: 3.15
2009: 3.01
2008: 2.81
2007: 2.61

Female Homicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn Jordan, annual female homicides by any means total

2016: 3715
2012: 209
2011: 24
2010: 26
2009: 29
2008: 29
2007: 29

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

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

2016: 0.8015
2012: 0.599
2011: 0.71
2010: 0.79
2009: 0.90
2008: 0.93
2007: 0.96

Gun Homicides

ChartIn Jordan, annual firearm homicides total

2012: 739
2011: 97
2010: 8410
2009: 80
2008: 63
2005: 2612 13

Rate of Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

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

2012: 1.039
2011: 1.39
2010: 1.24
2009: 1.20
2008: 0.97
2005: 0.504 13

Proportion of Homicides Committed With a Gun

In Jordan, the percentage of homicides committed with a firearm is reported to be

2005: 39%12

Male Gun Homicide Victims

ChartIn Jordan, annual male firearm homicides total

2012: 669
2011: 83
2010: 73
2009: 68
2008: 52

Rate of Male Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

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

2012: 1.809
2011: 2.30
2010: 2.07
2009: 1.97
2008: 1.54

Female Gun Homicide Victims

ChartIn Jordan, annual female firearm homicides total

2012: 79
2011: 14
2010: 11
2009: 12
2008: 11

Rate of Female Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

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

2012: 0.209
2011: 0.42
2010: 0.34
2009: 0.37
2008: 0.35

Suicides (any method)

ChartIn Jordan, annual suicides by any means total

2012: 319
2011: 19
2010: 19
2009: 14
2008: 6

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

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

2012: 0.449
2011: 0.27
2010: 0.28
2009: 0.21
2008: 0.09

Male Suicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn Jordan, annual male suicides by any means total

2012: 239
2011: 16
2010: 16
2009: 13
2008: 5

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

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

2012: 0.639
2011: 0.44
2010: 0.45
2009: 0.38
2008: 0.15

Female Suicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn Jordan, annual female suicides by any means total

2012: 89
2011: 3
2010: 3
2009: 1
2008: 1

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

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

2012: 0.239
2011: 0.09
2010: 0.09
2009: 0.03
2008: 0.03

Gun Suicides

ChartIn Jordan, annual firearm suicides total

2012: 09
2011: 2
2010: 0
2009: 1
2008: 3

Rate of Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

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

2012: 09
2011: 0.039
2010: 0.010
2009: 0.02
2008: 0.05

Male Gun Suicide Victims

ChartIn Jordan, annual male firearm suicides total

2012: 09
2011: 2
2010: 0
2009: 1
2008: 3

Rate of Male Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

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

2011: 0.069
2009: 0.03
2008: 0.09

Female Gun Suicide Victims

ChartIn Jordan, annual female firearm suicides total

2012: 09
2011: 0
2010: 0

Unintentional Gun Deaths

ChartIn Jordan, annual unintentional shooting deaths total

2012: 269
2011: 0
2010: 310
2009: 4
2008: 9

Rate of Unintentional Gun Death per 100,000 People

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

2012: 0.379
2011: 0
2010: 0.04
2009: 0.06
2008: 0.14

Unintentional Male Gun Deaths

ChartIn Jordan, annual unintentional male shooting deaths total

2012: 249
2011: 0
2010: 3
2009: 2
2008: 7

Rate of Unintentional Male Gun Death per 100,000 People

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

2012: 0.669
2010: 0.09
2009: 0.06
2008: 0.21

Unintentional Female Gun Deaths

ChartIn Jordan, annual unintentional female shooting deaths total

2012: 29
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 2
2008: 2

Rate of Unintentional Female Gun Death per 100,000 People

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

2012: 0.069
2009: 0.06
2008: 0.06

Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

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

2012: 09
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 19
2008: 1

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

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

2009: 0.029
2008: 0.02

Male Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

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

2012: 09
2011: 0
2010: 0
2008: 19

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

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

2008: 0.039

Female Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

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

2012: 09
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 19

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

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

2009: 0.039

TransfersGun Trade and Trafficking

Firearm Exports

In Jordan, firearm and ammunition exports are limited by transfer control law16

Small Arms Exports (US$) - Customs

The annual value of small arms and ammunition exports from Jordan is reported by Customs to be US$67,01817 (2011)

Small Arms Exports - World Ranking

In a comparison of the world's major/mid-level/minor/unknown small arms exporters, Jordan was categorized as 'unknown'18

Firearm Imports

In Jordan, firearm and ammunition imports are limited by transfer control law16

Small Arms Imports (US$) - Customs

The annual value of small arms and ammunition imports to Jordan is reported by Customs to be US$25,939,72017 (2011)19 20 21 22

Smuggling Guns and Ammunition

Reports suggest that the level of firearm and ammunition smuggling in Jordan is high2

Regulation of Arms Brokers

In Jordan, the activities of arms brokers and transfer intermediaries are not specifically regulated by law16

MeasuresGun Regulation

Firearm Regulation - Guiding Policy

Law Regulates Civilian Access to Firearms

In Jordan, civilian possession of guns is regulated by law23

Right to Possess Firearms

In Jordan, the right to private gun ownership is not guaranteed by law24 25

Restricted Firearms and Ammunition

Law Regulates Automatic Weapons

In Jordan, civilian possession of automatic weapons is regulated by law23

Law Regulates Handguns

In Jordan, civilian possession of handguns is regulated by law23

Law Regulates Long Guns

In Jordan, civilian possession of rifles and shotguns is regulated by law23

Gun Ownership and Possession

Gun Owner Background Checks

An applicant for a firearm licence in Jordan must pass a background check which considers undefined23 records

Firearm Registration

Civilian Gun Registration

In Jordan, the law requires26 that a record of the acquisition, possession and transfer of each privately held firearm be retained in an official register

Marking and Tracing Guns and Ammunition

Firearm Marking

In Jordan, a unique identifying mark on each firearm is required by law27 26

Firearm Tracing

In Jordan, state authorities carry out26 recognised arms tracing and tracking procedures

Carrying Guns

Law Regulates Firearms in Public

In Jordan, carrying a gun in a public place is regulated by law23

MeasuresInternational Controls

Regional Agreements

League of Arab States

As a member of the League of Arab States, Jordan adopted the Arab Model Law on Weapons, Ammunitions, Explosives and Hazardous Material in January 200228

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 200629 by Jordan.

Arms Trade Treaty

The Arms Trade Treaty has not been signed30 by Jordan

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 signed31 by Jordan

United Nations Small Arms Programme of Action UNPoA

UNPoA Commitment

On 21 July 2001, Jordan 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 Aspects32

UNPoA Implementation Monitor Score

In its UN small arms Programme of Action Implementation Monitor (PoAIM Phase 1), the Small Arms Survey scored Jordan against its commitments to the PoA, then ranked it at No. 10333 34 35 36 among 159 Member States

UNPoA National Reporting

Under the terms of its 2001 commitment to the United Nations small arms Programme of Action, Jordan has submitted one or more national reports37 38 on its implementation of the UNPoA

UNPoA National Point of Contact

In Jordan, a National Point of Contact to deal with issues relating to the UNPoA has been designated39 38

UNPoA National Coordinating Body

In Jordan, a National Coordinating Body to deal with issues relating to the UNPoA has not been designated39 38

UNPoA Civil Society Involvement and Support

In National Reports of Jordan submitted to the UN from 2001 to 2010, a history of substantive cooperation with civil society in support of UNPoA activities was apparent38

UNPoA International Assistance – Donor

Funds for UNPoA implementation have not been donated38 by Jordan to other UN Member States

UNPoA International Assistance – Recipient

Funds for UNPoA implementation have been provided38 to Jordan by other UN Member States

United Nations Small Arms Register

According to the United Nations Register of Conventional Arms, Jordan has not declared40 its small arms exports in one or more annual National Reports on Arms Exports.

United Nations Membership

In the UN List of Member States, Jordan has been a Member State of the United Nations since 195541

Wassenaar Arrangement

The Wassenaar Arrangement on Export Controls and Conventional Arms and Dual-Use Goods and Technologies does not list42 Jordan as a Participating State

BackgroundCountry Profile

Conflict Profile

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

Global Peace Index

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


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