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Kuwait — Gun Facts, Figures and the Law

StockpilesGun Numbers

Civilian Guns

Number of Privately Owned Firearms

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

2017: 685,0001
2007: 630,0002

Rate of Civilian Firearm Possession per 100 Population

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

2017: 16.701
2007: 24.82

Number of Privately Owned Firearms - World Ranking

In a 2007 comparison of the number of privately owned guns in 178 countries, Kuwait ranked at No. 713

Rate of Privately Owned Firearms per 100 Population - World Ranking

In a 2007 comparison of the rate of private gun ownership in 178 countries, Kuwait ranked at No. 182

Number of Registered Firearms

The number of registered guns in Kuwait is reported to be

2017: 39,0001

Estimated Number of Illicit Firearms

Unlawfully held guns cannot be counted, but in Kuwait there are estimated to be

2017: 646,0001

Government Guns

Number of Military Firearms

The defence forces of Kuwait are reported to have 82,5804 firearms

Number of Law Enforcement Firearms

Police in Kuwait are reported to have 11,0005 firearms

ImpactsDeath and Injury

Total Number of Gun Deaths

ChartIn Kuwait, annual deaths resulting from firearms total

2014: 136
2013: 6
2012: 57
2011: 12
2010: 5

Rate of All Gun Deaths per 100,000 People

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

2014: 0.476
2013: 0.22
2012: 0.19
2011: 0.46
2010: 0.20

Total Number of Male Gun Deaths

ChartIn Kuwait, annual male deaths resulting from firearms total

2014: 106
2013: 5
2012: 4
2011: 11
2010: 5

Total Number of Female Gun Deaths

ChartIn Kuwait, annual female deaths resulting from firearms total

2014: 36
2013: 1
2012: 1
2011: 1
2010: 0

Homicides (any method)

ChartIn Kuwait, annual homicides by any means total

2014: 316
2013: 18
2012: 14
2011: 15
2010: 21
2009: 598
2008: 57
2007: 77
2006: 42
2005: 66
2004: 49
2003: 29
2002: 238 9
2001: 39
1996: 1610

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

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

2014: 0.476
2013: 0.22
2012: 0.19
2011: 0.46
2010: 0.20
2009: 2.28
2008: 2.2
2007: 3.1
2006: 1.8
2005: 2.9
2004: 1.4011 8
2003: 1.10
2002: 1.04
2001: 1.719 8
2000: 1.38
1999: 2.1
1998: 1.6
1997: 1.4
1996: 0.9410 8
1995: 1.0112 8

Male Homicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn Kuwait, annual male homicides by any means total

2014: 206
2013: 18
2012: 11
2011: 14
2010: 19

Female Homicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn Kuwait, annual female homicides by any means total

2014: 116
2013: 0
2012: 3
2011: 1
2010: 2

Gun Homicides

ChartIn Kuwait, annual firearm homicides total

2014: 106
2013: 5
2012: 37
2011: 11
2010: 4
2000: 1213

Rate of Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

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

2014: 0.366
2013: 0.19
2012: 0.11
2011: 0.42
2010: 0.16
2000: 0.4813
1995: 0.3614

Male Gun Homicide Victims

ChartIn Kuwait, annual male firearm homicides total

2015: 76
2014: 7
2013: 5
2012: 2
2011: 10
2010: 4

Female Gun Homicide Victims

ChartIn Kuwait, annual female firearm homicides total

2015: 36
2014: 3
2013: 0
2012: 1
2011: 1
2010: 0

Suicides (any method)

ChartIn Kuwait, annual suicides by any means total

2014: 716
2013: 44
2012: 61
2011: 41
2010: 40
1999: 4713

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

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

2014: 2.596
2013: 1.63
2012: 2.31
2011: 1.58
2010: 1.57
1999: 1.8613
1995: 1.6615

Male Suicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn Kuwait, annual male suicides by any means total

2014: 526
2013: 29
2012: 39
2011: 26
2010: 26

Female Suicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn Kuwait, annual female suicides by any means total

2014: 196
2013: 15
2012: 22
2011: 15
2010: 14

Gun Suicides

ChartIn Kuwait, annual firearm suicides total

2014: 36
2013: 0
2012: 27
2011: 1
2010: 0
1999: 013

Rate of Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

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

2014: 0.116
2013: 0
2012: 0.08
2011: 0.04
2010: 0
1999: 0.0013
1995: 0.0616

Male Gun Suicide Victims

ChartIn Kuwait, annual male firearm suicides total

2014: 36
2013: 0
2012: 2
2011: 1
2010: 0

Female Gun Suicide Victims

ChartIn Kuwait, annual female firearm suicides total

2014: 06
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0

Unintentional Gun Deaths

ChartIn Kuwait, annual unintentional shooting deaths total

2014: 06
2013: 1
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2000: 013

Rate of Unintentional Gun Death per 100,000 People

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

2014: 06
2013: 0.04
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0.04
2000: 0.0013
1995: 0.0017

Unintentional Male Gun Deaths

ChartIn Kuwait, annual unintentional male shooting deaths total

2014: 06
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0

Unintentional Female Gun Deaths

ChartIn Kuwait, annual unintentional female shooting deaths total

2014: 06
2013: 1
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0

Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

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

2014: 06
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 1
2000: 013

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

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

2000: 0.0013
1995: 0.8318

Male Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

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

2014: 06
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 1

Female Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

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

2014: 06
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0

TransfersGun Trade and Trafficking

Firearm Exports

Small Arms Exports (US$) - Customs

The annual value of small arms and ammunition exports from Kuwait is reported by Customs to be US$73,58419 (2011)

Firearm Imports

Small Arms Imports (US$) - Customs

The annual value of small arms and ammunition imports to Kuwait is reported by Customs to be US$15,101,21019 (2011)20 21 22 23

MeasuresGun Regulation

Firearm Regulation - Guiding Policy

Law Regulates Civilian Access to Firearms

In Kuwait, civilian possession of guns is regulated by law24

Right to Possess Firearms

In Kuwait, the right to private gun ownership is not guaranteed by law25 26

Restricted Firearms and Ammunition

Law Regulates Automatic Weapons

In Kuwait, civilian possession of automatic weapons is regulated by law24

Law Regulates Handguns

In Kuwait, civilian possession of handguns is regulated by law24

Law Regulates Long Guns

In Kuwait, civilian possession of rifles and shotguns is regulated by law24

Gun Ownership and Possession

Gun Owner Background Checks

An applicant for a firearm licence in Kuwait must pass a background check which considers undefined24 records

Carrying Guns

Law Regulates Firearms in Public

In Kuwait, carrying a gun in a public place is regulated by law24

Collection, Amnesty and Destruction Programmes

Firearms Surrendered and Seized

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

2013: 8427
2010-12: 41

MeasuresInternational Controls

Regional Agreements

League of Arab States

As a member of the League of Arab States, Kuwait 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 not signed29 by Kuwait.

Arms Trade Treaty

The Arms Trade Treaty has not been signed30 by Kuwait

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 ratified31 by Kuwait

United Nations Small Arms Programme of Action UNPoA

UNPoA Commitment

On 21 July 2001, Kuwait 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 National Reporting

Under the terms of its 2001 commitment to the United Nations small arms Programme of Action, Kuwait has yet to submit a national report33 34 on its implementation of the UNPoA

UNPoA National Point of Contact

In Kuwait, a National Point of Contact to deal with issues relating to the UNPoA has been designated34

UNPoA National Coordinating Body

In Kuwait, a National Coordinating Body to deal with issues relating to the UNPoA has not been designated34

UNPoA Civil Society Involvement and Support

In National Reports of Kuwait submitted to the UN from 2001 to 2010, a history of substantive cooperation with civil society in support of UNPoA activities was not apparent34

UNPoA International Assistance – Donor

Funds for UNPoA implementation have not been donated34 by Kuwait to other UN Member States

United Nations Small Arms Register

According to the United Nations Register of Conventional Arms, Kuwait has not declared35 its small arms exports in one or more annual National Reports on Arms Exports.

United Nations Membership

In the UN List of Member States, Kuwait has been a Member State of the United Nations since 196336

Wassenaar Arrangement

The Wassenaar Arrangement on Export Controls and Conventional Arms and Dual-Use Goods and Technologies does not list37 Kuwait as a Participating State

BackgroundCountry Profile

Conflict Profile

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

Global Peace Index

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


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