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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 Lithuania is

2017: 385,0001
2009: 93,3862 3 4
2008: 86,156
2007: 80,760
2006: 76,765
2005: 73,4442 3 4 5
2004: 72,0872 3 4
2003: 70,206
2002: 67,698
2001: 65,412
2000: 62,212
1999: 59,843
1998: 57,207
1997: 51,850
1996: 49,315
1995: 47,850
1994: 45,111
1993: 39,126

Rate of Civilian Firearm Possession per 100 Population

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

2017: 13.601
2009: 2.966 7 4
2008: 2.70
2007: 2.50
2006: 2.35
2005: 2.216 7 4 5
2004: 2.136 7 4
2003: 2.05
2002: 1.96
2001: 1.88
2000: 1.78
1999: 1.71
1998: 1.64
1997: 1.48
1996: 1.41
1995: 1.36
1994: 1.28
1993: 1.10

Number of Privately Owned Rifles

In Lithuania, the number of rifles in civilian possession is reported to be 20,8498

Number of Privately Owned Shotguns

In Lithuania, the number of shotguns in civilian possession is reported to be 45,2358

Number of Privately Owned Handguns

In Lithuania, the number of handguns in civilian possession is reported to be 19,9118

Number of Privately Owned Firearms - World Ranking

In a 2007 comparison of the number of privately owned guns in 178 countries, Lithuania ranked at No. 1289

Proportion of Adults Living in a Home With a Gun

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

2015: 8%10

Number of Licensed Firearm Owners

The number of licensed gun owners in Lithuania is reported to be 53,7078

Rate of Licensed Firearm Owners per 100 Population

The rate of licensed firearm owners per 100 people in Lithuania is 1.706

Number of Registered Firearms

ChartThe number of registered guns in Lithuania is reported to be

2017: 127,9841
2009: 84,89611 8
2008: 78,32411
2007: 73,418
2006: 69,786
2005: 66,76711 5
2004: 65,53411
2003: 63,824
2002: 61,544
2001: 59,465
2000: 56,556
1999: 54,403
1998: 52,006
1997: 47,136
1996: 44,832
1995: 43,500
1994: 41,010
1993: 35,569

Rate of Registered Firearms per 100 Population

ChartThe rate of registered guns per 100 people in Lithuania is

2009: 2.696
2008: 2.48
2007: 2.27
2006: 2.13
2005: 2.01
2004: 1.94
2003: 1.86
2002: 1.78
2001: 1.71
2000: 1.62
1999: 1.56
1998: 1.49
1997: 1.35
1996: 1.28
1995: 1.24
1994: 1.16
1993: 1.00

Estimated Number of Illicit Firearms

ChartUnlawfully held guns cannot be counted, but in Lithuania there are estimated to be

2017: 257,0161
2009: 8,4902 12 4
2008: 7,832
2007: 7,342
2006: 6,979
2005: 6,677
2004: 6,553
2003: 6,382
2002: 6,154
2001: 5,947
2000: 5,656
1999: 5,440
1998: 5,201
1997: 4,714
1996: 4,483
1995: 4,350
1994: 4,101
1993: 3,557

Estimated Rate of Illicit Firearms per 100 Population

ChartUnlawfully held guns cannot be counted, but in Lithuania the rate of illicit firearms per 100 people is estimated to be

2009: 0.276
2008: 0.25
2007: 0.23
2006: 0.21
2005: 0.20
2004: 0.19
2003: 0.19
2002: 0.18
2001: 0.17
2000: 0.16
1999: 0.16
1998: 0.15
1997: 0.13
1996: 0.13
1995: 0.12
1994: 0.12
1993: 0.10

Government Guns

Number of Military Firearms

The defence forces of Lithuania are reported to have 81,24013 firearms

Number of Law Enforcement Firearms

Police in Lithuania are reported to have 17,00014 firearms

ImpactsDeath and Injury

Total Number of Gun Deaths

ChartIn Lithuania, annual deaths resulting from firearms total

2015: 4015
2014: 3816 17 18 19
2013: 48
2012: 3916 17 18 19 20
2011: 3716 17 18 19
2010: 5321
2009: 5016 17 18 19
2008: 47
2007: 38
2006: 45
2005: 63
2004: 66
2003: 66
2002: 62
2001: 76
2000: 111
1999: 67
1998: 124

Rate of All Gun Deaths per 100,000 People

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

2015: 1.3915
2014: 1.30
2013: 1.63
2012: 1.31
2011: 1.23
2010: 1.72
2009: 1.586
2008: 1.47
2007: 1.18
2006: 1.38
2005: 1.89
2004: 1.95
2003: 1.93
2002: 1.80
2001: 2.19
2000: 3.18
1999: 1.92
1998: 3.55

Total Number of Male Gun Deaths

ChartIn Lithuania, annual male deaths resulting from firearms total

2015: 3815
2014: 34
2013: 44
2012: 36
2011: 34
2010: 50

Total Number of Female Gun Deaths

ChartIn Lithuania, annual female deaths resulting from firearms total

2015: 215
2014: 4
2013: 4
2012: 3
2011: 3
2010: 3

Homicides (any method)

ChartIn Lithuania, annual homicides by any means total

2015: 12115
2014: 112
2013: 144
2012: 135
2011: 158
2010: 172
2009: 252
2008: 298
2007: 277
2006: 28822 23 24
2005: 372
2004: 34322 23 25
2003: 34423 25
2002: 29323 26
2001: 353
2000: 37023 27
1999: 309
1998: 311
1997: 39123 28
1996: 405
1995: 502

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

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

2015: 1.3915
2014: 1.30
2013: 1.63
2012: 1.31
2011: 1.23
2010: 1.72
2009: 8.1
2008: 9.522 23 29
2007: 8.7
2006: 8.922 23 24 29
2005: 11.3
2004: 10.322 23 25 29
2003: 10.023 25 29
2002: 8.523 26 29
2001: 10.1
2000: 10.623 27 29
1999: 8.8
1998: 8.8
1997: 10.923 28 29
1996: 11.2
1995: 13.8

Male Homicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn Lithuania, annual male homicides by any means total

2015: 8115
2014: 82
2013: 103
2012: 98
2011: 111
2010: 121

Female Homicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn Lithuania, annual female homicides by any means total

2015: 4015
2014: 30
2013: 41
2012: 37
2011: 47
2010: 51

Gun Homicides

ChartIn Lithuania, annual firearm homicides total

2015: 815
2014: 816
2013: 8
2012: 316 20
2011: 7
2010: 8
2009: 1416 22 23
2008: 12
2007: 12
2006: 13
2005: 14
2004: 1916 23
2003: 20
2002: 18
2001: 29
2000: 51
1999: 18
1998: 52
1997: 13128 23
1996: 191
1995: 252

Rate of Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

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

2015: 0.2815
2014: 0.27
2013: 0.27
2012: 0.10
2011: 0.23
2010: 0.26
2009: 0.4416 6 23
2008: 0.38
2007: 0.37
2006: 0.40
2005: 0.42
2004: 0.5616 23
2003: 0.59
2002: 0.52
2001: 0.84
2000: 1.46
1999: 0.51
1998: 1.47
1997: 3.5428 23
1996: 5.15
1995: 6.78

Proportion of Homicides Committed With a Gun

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

2011: 1%22 30
2010: 1%22
2009: 3%
2008: 1%
2007: 3%
2006: 3%
2005: 3%
2004: 5.0%23
2003: 2.0%
2002: 5.5%
2001: 4.2%
2000: 22.4%
1999: 27.2%
1998: 37.6%
1997: 33.5%
1996: 47.2%
1995: 50.2%

Male Gun Homicide Victims

ChartIn Lithuania, annual male firearm homicides total

2015: 515
2014: 5
2013: 5
2012: 2
2011: 6
2010: 5

Female Gun Homicide Victims

ChartIn Lithuania, annual female firearm homicides total

2015: 315
2014: 3
2013: 3
2012: 1
2011: 1
2010: 3

Handgun Homicides

ChartIn Lithuania, annual handgun homicides total

2014: 116
2013: 3
2011: 3
2010: 5
2009: 7
2008: 4
2007: 3
2006: 2
2005: 2
2004: 5
2003: 6
2002: 9
2001: 11
2000: 16
1999: 6
1998: 14

Rate of Handgun Homicide per 100,000 People

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

2014: 0.0316
2013: 0.10
2011: 0.10
2010: 0.16
2009: 0.22
2008: 0.13
2007: 0.09
2006: 0.06
2005: 0.06
2004: 0.15
2003: 0.18
2002: 0.26
2001: 0.32
2000: 0.46
1999: 0.17
1998: 0.39

Long Gun Homicides

ChartIn Lithuania, annual long gun homicides total

2010: 216
2009: 3
2008: 5
2007: 5
2006: 5
2005: 5
2004: 6
2003: 6
2002: 4
2001: 7
2000: 11
1999: 3
1998: 9

Rate of Long Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

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

2010: 0.0616
2009: 0.09
2008: 0.16
2007: 0.15
2006: 0.15
2005: 0.15
2004: 0.18
2003: 0.18
2002: 0.12
2001: 0.20
2000: 0.31
1999: 0.09
1998: 0.25

Gun Homicides (Other)

ChartIn Lithuania, annual gun homicides (other) total

2014: 716
2013: 5
2012: 3
2011: 4
2010: 1
2009: 4
2008: 3
2007: 4
2006: 6
2005: 7
2004: 8
2003: 8
2002: 5
2001: 11
2000: 24
1999: 9
1998: 29

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

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

2014: 0.2416
2013: 0.17
2012: 0.10
2011: 0.13
2010: 0.03
2009: 0.13
2008: 0.09
2007: 0.12
2006: 0.18
2005: 0.21
2004: 0.24
2003: 0.23
2002: 0.15
2001: 0.32
2000: 0.69
1999: 0.26
1998: 0.82

Suicides (any method)

ChartIn Lithuania, annual suicides by any means total

2015: 89615
2014: 930
2013: 1,085
2012: 927
2011: 1,018
2010: 1,018
1999: 1,55231

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

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

2015: 31.0615
2014: 31.91
2013: 36.86
2012: 31.18
2011: 33.76
2010: 32.96
1999: 45.0631

Male Suicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn Lithuania, annual male suicides by any means total

2015: 72715
2014: 769
2013: 887
2012: 753
2011: 817
2010: 829

Female Suicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn Lithuania, annual female suicides by any means total

2015: 16915
2014: 161
2013: 198
2012: 174
2011: 201
2010: 189

Gun Suicides

ChartIn Lithuania, annual firearm suicides total

2015: 2615
2014: 2117
2013: 28
2012: 3117 20
2011: 2117
2010: 33
2009: 17
2008: 24
2007: 16
2006: 23
2005: 33
2004: 30
2003: 31
2002: 31
2001: 34
2000: 40
1999: 35
1998: 43

Rate of Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

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

2015: 0.9015
2014: 0.72
2013: 0.95
2012: 1.04
2011: 0.70
2010: 1.07
2009: 0.54
2008: 0.75
2007: 0.50
2006: 0.70
2005: 0.99
2004: 0.89
2003: 0.91
2002: 0.90
2001: 0.98
2000: 1.14
1999: 0.99
1998: 1.21

Male Gun Suicide Victims

ChartIn Lithuania, annual male firearm suicides total

2015: 2515
2014: 21
2013: 27
2012: 29
2011: 19
2010: 33

Female Gun Suicide Victims

ChartIn Lithuania, annual female firearm suicides total

2015: 115
2014: 0
2013: 1
2012: 2
2011: 2
2010: 0

Handgun Suicides

ChartIn Lithuania, annual handgun suicides total

2014: 517
2013: 11
2012: 10
2011: 7
2010: 11
2009: 8
2008: 7
2007: 5
2006: 8
2005: 7
2004: 12
2003: 7
2002: 5
2001: 11
2000: 6
1999: 12
1998: 12

Rate of Handgun Suicide per 100,000 People

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

2014: 0.1717
2013: 0.37
2012: 0.33
2011: 0.23
2010: 0.36
2009: 0.25
2008: 0.22
2007: 0.15
2006: 0.24
2005: 0.21
2004: 0.36
2003: 0.21
2002: 0.15
2001: 0.32
2000: 0.17
1999: 0.34
1998: 0.34

Long Gun Suicides

ChartIn Lithuania, the number of long gun suicides is

2011: 417
2010: 7
2009: 5
2008: 7
2007: 5
2006: 8
2005: 17
2004: 10
2003: 19
2002: 21
2001: 15
2000: 22
1999: 10
1998: 15

Rate of Long Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

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

2011: 0.1317
2010: 0.23
2009: 0.16
2008: 0.22
2007: 0.15
2006: 0.24
2005: 0.51
2004: 0.30
2003: 0.56
2002: 0.61
2001: 0.43
2000: 0.63
1999: 0.28
1998: 0.42

Gun Suicides (Other)

ChartIn Lithuania, annual gun suicides (other) total

2014: 1617
2013: 17
2012: 21
2011: 10
2010: 15
2009: 4
2008: 10
2007: 6
2006: 7
2005: 9
2004: 8
2003: 5
2002: 5
2001: 8
2000: 12
1999: 13
1998: 16

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

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

2014: 0.5517
2013: 0.57
2012: 0.70
2011: 0.33
2010: 0.48
2009: 0.13
2008: 0.31
2007: 0.19
2006: 0.21
2005: 0.27
2004: 0.24
2003: 0.15
2002: 0.15
2001: 0.23
2000: 0.34
1999: 0.37
1998: 0.45

Unintentional Gun Deaths

ChartIn Lithuania, annual unintentional shooting deaths total

2015: 015
2014: 118
2013: 1
2012: 118 20
2011: 218
2010: 1
2009: 5
2008: 3
2007: 2
2006: 1
2005: 3
2004: 3
2003: 6
2002: 5
2001: 5
2000: 7
1999: 4
1998: 13

Rate of Unintentional Gun Death per 100,000 People

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

2015: 0.2115
2014: 0.27
2013: 0.37
2012: 0.13
2011: 0.23
2010: 0.36
2009: 0.16
2008: 0.09
2007: 0.06
2006: 0.03
2005: 0.09
2004: 0.09
2003: 0.18
2002: 0.15
2001: 0.14
2000: 0.2
1999: 0.11
1998: 0.37

Unintentional Male Gun Deaths

ChartIn Lithuania, annual unintentional male shooting deaths total

2015: 015
2014: 1
2013: 1
2012: 1
2011: 2
2010: 1

Unintentional Female Gun Deaths

ChartIn Lithuania, annual unintentional female shooting deaths total

2015: 015
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0

Unintentional Handgun Deaths

ChartIn Lithuania, annual unintentional shooting deaths by handgun total

2012: 118
2011: 1
2009: 2
2008: 1
2007: 1
2005: 1
2000: 3
1999: 2
1998: 3

Rate of Unintentional Handgun Death per 100,000 People

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

2012: 0.0318
2011: 0.03
2009: 0.06
2008: 0.03
2007: 0.03
2005: 0.03
2000: 0.09
1999: 0.06
1998: 0.08

Unintentional Long Gun Deaths

ChartIn Lithuania, annual unintentional shooting deaths by long gun total

2009: 118
2008: 1
2007: 1
2006: 1
2005: 1
2004: 2
2003: 4
2002: 2
2001: 5
1999: 1
1998: 5

Rate of Unintentional Long Gun Death per 100,000 People

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

2009: 0.0318
2008: 0.03
2007: 0.03
2006: 0.03
2005: 0.03
2004: 0.06
2003: 0.12
2002: 0.06
2001: 0.14
1999: 0.03
1998: 0.14

Unintentional Gun Deaths (Other)

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

2014: 118
2013: 1
2011: 1
2010: 1
2009: 2
2008: 1
2005: 1
2004: 1
2003: 2
2002: 3
2000: 4
1999: 1
1998: 5

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

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

2014: 0.0318
2013: 0.03
2011: 0.03
2010: 0.03
2009: 0.06
2008: 0.03
2005: 0.03
2004: 0.03
2003: 0.06
2002: 0.09
2000: 0.11
1999: 0.03
1998: 0.14

Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

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

2015: 615
2014: 819
2013: 11
2012: 419 20
2011: 719
2010: 11
2009: 14
2008: 8
2007: 8
2006: 8
2005: 13
2004: 14
2003: 9
2002: 8
2001: 8
2000: 13
1999: 10
1998: 16

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

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

2014: 0.2719
2013: 0.37
2012: 0.1319 6
2011: 0.2319
2010: 0.36
2009: 0.44
2008: 0.25
2007: 0.25
2006: 0.24
2005: 0.39
2004: 0.41
2003: 0.26
2002: 0.23
2001: 0.23
2000: 0.37
1999: 0.28
1998: 0.45

Male Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

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

2015: 515
2014: 7
2013: 11
2012: 4
2011: 7
2010: 11

Female Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

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

2015: 115
2014: 1
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0

Handgun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

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

2013: 119
2012: 1
2011: 3
2010: 1
2009: 5
2007: 1
2006: 1
2005: 2
2004: 4
2003: 2
2002: 1
2001: 2
2000: 2
1999: 1
1998: 2

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

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

2013: 0.0319
2012: 0.03
2011: 0.10
2010: 0.03
2009: 0.16
2007: 0.03
2006: 0.03
2005: 0.06
2004: 0.12
2003: 0.06
2002: 0.03
2001: 0.06
2000: 0.06
1999: 0.03
1998: 0.06

Long Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

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

2011: 119
2010: 2
2009: 3
2008: 2
2007: 1
2006: 5
2005: 7
2004: 3
2003: 4
2002: 3
2001: 3
2000: 3
1999: 3
1998: 7

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

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

2011: 0.0319
2010: 0.06
2009: 0.09
2008: 0.06
2007: 0.03
2006: 0.15
2005: 0.21
2004: 0.09
2003: 0.12
2002: 0.09
2001: 0.09
2000: 0.09
1999: 0.09
1998: 0.20

Gun Deaths (Other) from Undetermined Cause

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

2014: 819
2013: 10
2012: 3
2011: 3
2010: 8
2009: 6
2008: 6
2007: 6
2006: 2
2005: 4
2004: 7
2003: 3
2002: 4
2001: 3
2000: 8
1999: 6
1998: 7

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

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

2014: 0.2719
2013: 0.34
2012: 0.10
2011: 0.10
2010: 0.26
2009: 0.19
2008: 0.19
2007: 0.19
2006: 0.06
2005: 0.12
2004: 0.21
2003: 0.09
2002: 0.12
2001: 0.09
2000: 0.23
1999: 0.17
1998: 0.20

ProductionGun Industry

Regulation of Firearm Makers

In Lithuania, the manufacture of small arms, ammunition and/or their components is permitted only if the maker holds a valid licence (but is not currently conducted in practice)32 33 34 35 36 37

TransfersGun Trade and Trafficking

Firearm Exports

In Lithuania, firearm and ammunition exports are limited by transfer control law38 39 33 34 40 41 42 43 44 45

Small Arms Exports (US$) - Customs

The annual value of small arms and ammunition exports from Lithuania is reported by Customs to be US$5,494,75646 (2011)

Firearm Imports

In Lithuania, firearm and ammunition imports are limited by transfer control law38 39 33 34 40 41 42 43 44

Small Arms Imports (US$) - Customs

The annual value of small arms and ammunition imports to Lithuania is reported by Customs to be US$5,120,72646 (2011)

Regulation of Arms Brokers

In Lithuania, the activities of arms brokers and transfer intermediaries are specifically regulated by law47 48 49 40 50 51 52

End User Certificates

Customs regulations in Lithuania include40 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, Lithuania scored

2014: 10.2553
2013: 11.0054
2012: 10.0055
2011: 10.2556
2010: 10.7557
2009: 9.7558
2008: 9.7559
2007: 9.2560
2006: 10.0061
2005: 8.0062
2004: 7.5063

MeasuresGun Regulation

Firearm Regulation - Guiding Policy

The regulation of guns in Lithuania is categorised as restrictive64

Firearm Law

Guiding gun control legislation in Lithuania includes the Law on the Control of Arms and Ammunition and the Law on the Control of Strategic Goods,65 66 the Council Directive of 18 June 1991 on Control of the Acquisition and Possession of Weapons,67 68 the European Union Firearms Regulation of 2012 and the Common Position on the Control of Arms Brokering of 200369

Firearm Regulation Authority

Guns in Lithuania are regulated by the Ministry of National Defence, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Economy, the Police Department under the Ministry of the Interior, the Customs Department under the Ministry of Finance, and the Weaponry Fund of the Republic of Lithuania,70 71 40 72 and the European Commission68

Right to Possess Firearms

In Lithuania, the right to private gun ownership is not guaranteed by law73 74 75 76

Restricted Firearms and Ammunition

In Lithuania, civilians are not allowed to possess automatic weapons (category A), military sniper rifles, unmarked firearms, craft weapons, armour-piercing ammunition77 78 79 80 81

Regulation of Automatic Weapons

In Lithuania, private possession of fully automatic weapons is prohibited77 78 79 80 81 30

Regulation of Semiautomatic Assault Weapons

In Lithuania, private possession of semi-automatic assault weapons is permitted under licence82 83 84 85 81

Regulation of Handguns

In Lithuania, private possession of handguns (pistols and revolvers) is permitted under licence82 83 86 80 84 85 81 30

Law Regulates Long Guns

In Lithuania, civilian possession of rifles and shotguns is regulated by law82 83 30

Gun Ownership and Possession

In Lithuania, only licensed gun owners87 82 88 80 84 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 Lithuania are required to establish a genuine reason to possess a firearm, for example hunting, sports, self-defence, professional activities, collecting, training, scientific research, other purposes that conform to international laws and agreements76 89 90 91

Minimum Age for Firearm Possession

The minimum age for gun ownership in Lithuania is 23 years for handguns for self-defence and collectors permits(having passed an examination and obtained a permit), 21 years for semi-automatic assault rifles, all handguns (including semi-automatics), hunting rifles, and all firearms for professional activities after passing an examination and having obtained a permit(including automatic firearms for official duties), 18 years for semi-automatic shotguns, and smooth-bore hunting firearms for self-defence (having passed an examination and obtained a permit), and 16 years for sports-shooting firearms and airguns82 89 91

Gun Owner Background Checks

An applicant for a firearm licence in Lithuania must pass a background check which considers criminal, mental health, medical, physical fitness and addiction92 93 94 91 30 records

Reference Required for Firearm Licence

In Lithuania, third party character references for each gun licence applicant are not required95

Domestic Violence and Firearms

Where a past history, or apprehended likelihood of family violence exists, the law in Lithuania does not stipulate95 that a gun licence should be denied or revoked

Firearm Safety Training

In Lithuania, an understanding of firearm safety and the law, tested in a theoretical and/or practical training course is required82 92 96 for a firearm licence

Gun Owner Licensing Period

In Lithuania, gun owners must re-apply and re-qualify for their firearm licence every five years97 98

Licensing Records

In Lithuania, authorities maintain a record99 of individual civilians licensed to acquire, possess, sell or transfer a firearm or ammunition

Limit on Number of Guns

Licensed firearm owners in Lithuania are permitted to possess any number of firearms95

Limit on Quantity, Type of Ammunition

Licensed firearm owners in Lithuania are permitted to possess only 500 cartridges of each type (calibre) for the weapons they possess or an unlimited number of cartridges for sporting purposes100 101

Firearm Registration

Civilian Gun Registration

In Lithuania, the law requires102 103 100 104 105 106 107 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 Lithuania, licensed firearm dealers are required108 39 107 to keep a record of each firearm or ammunition purchase, sale or transfer on behalf of a regulating authority

State-Owned Firearm Records

In Lithuania, State agencies are required106 109 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 Lithuania, the private sale and transfer of firearms is prohibited, except in rare cases110

Regulation of Dealer Gun Sales

In Lithuania, dealing in firearms by way of business without a valid gun dealer’s licence is unlawful33 108 34 111 85

Limit on Gun Dealer Sales

In Lithuania, the number and type of firearms which can be sold by a licensed gun dealer to a single gun owner is limited to one firearm per permit to acquire a weapon100 112

Waiting Period for Gun Possession

In Lithuania, the minimum wait for a lawful firearm purchase to be completed is undetermined95

Regulation of Gun Shows

In Lithuania, gun shows and temporary firearm dealing events are not regulated95 in law

Storage and Transport of Guns and Ammunition

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Private

Firearm regulations in Lithuania include113 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 Lithuania include108 114 32 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition by licensed arms dealers

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Government

Government regulations in Lithuania include104 109 115 114 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition by state entities

Firearm and Ammunition Transport Regulations

Regulations in Lithuania include116 113 117 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition while in transit

Marking and Tracing Guns and Ammunition

Firearm Marking

In Lithuania, a unique identifying mark on each firearm is required by law32 118 119 35 106 120 121

Firearm Tracing

In Lithuania, state authorities carry out118 120 107 122 recognised arms tracing and tracking procedures

Ballistic Record of Firearms and Ammunition

In Lithuania, the ballistic characteristics of each civilian firearm and its ammunition are not123 recorded in a register

Carrying Guns

Carrying Guns Openly in Public

In Lithuania, carrying a firearm in plain view in a public place is prohibited113 30

Carrying Hidden Handguns in Public

In Lithuania, carrying a concealed firearm in a public place is allowed, subject to a valid permit117 100 113 30

Gun Free Zones

In Lithuania, private guns are prohibited in public places that may cause threat to the security of individuals or a population124

Penalty for Illicit Firearm Possession

In Lithuania, the maximum penalty for unlawful possession of a firearm125 is five years in prison34 98 126

Collection, Amnesty and Destruction Programmes

Firearms Surrendered and Seized

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

2013: 117127
2012: 72127 128
2011: 97
2010: 126
2009/14: 691129

Destruction and Disposal Policy

In Lithuania, it is not state policy130 131 132 to destroy surplus, collected and seized firearms rather than return them to the secondary arms market

MeasuresInternational Controls

Regional Agreements

European Union

As a member of the European Union, Lithuania 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 Parliament133 134

European Union Export Reporting

Under the European Union Common Position on Arms Exports, Lithuania 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 Lithuania has yet to submit a national report135 on its arms transfers

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 2009136 by Lithuania.

Arms Trade Treaty

The Arms Trade Treaty has been signed and ratified137 by Lithuania

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 ratified138 by Lithuania

United Nations Small Arms Programme of Action UNPoA

UNPoA Commitment

On 21 July 2001, Lithuania 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 Aspects139

UNPoA Implementation Monitor Score

In its UN small arms Programme of Action Implementation Monitor (PoAIM Phase 1), the Small Arms Survey scored Lithuania against its commitments to the PoA, then ranked it at No. 12140 141 142 143 among 159 Member States

UNPoA National Reporting

Under the terms of its 2001 commitment to the United Nations small arms Programme of Action, Lithuania has submitted one or more national reports144 145 on its implementation of the UNPoA

UNPoA National Point of Contact

In Lithuania, a National Point of Contact to deal with issues relating to the UNPoA has been designated146 145

UNPoA National Coordinating Body

In Lithuania, a National Coordinating Body to deal with issues relating to the UNPoA has been designated145

UNPoA Civil Society Involvement and Support

In National Reports of Lithuania submitted to the UN from 2001 to 2010, a history of substantive cooperation with civil society in support of UNPoA activities was apparent147

UNPoA International Assistance – Donor

Funds for UNPoA implementation have been donated145 by Lithuania to other UN Member States

United Nations Small Arms Register

According to the United Nations Register of Conventional Arms, Lithuania has declared148 its small arms exports in one or more annual National Reports on Arms Exports.

United Nations Membership

In the UN List of Member States, Lithuania has been a Member State of the United Nations since 1991149

Wassenaar Arrangement

The Wassenaar Arrangement on Export Controls and Conventional Arms and Dual-Use Goods and Technologies lists150 Lithuania as a Participating State

BackgroundCountry Profile

Conflict Profile

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

Global Peace Index

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


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