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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 Macedonia is

2017: 621,0001
2006: 256,0002

Rate of Civilian Firearm Possession per 100 Population

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

2017: 29.801
2006: 12.522

Number of Privately Owned Rifles

In Macedonia, the number of rifles in civilian possession is reported to be 96,5873

Number of Privately Owned Handguns

In Macedonia, the number of handguns in civilian possession is reported to be 54,7133

Number of Privately Owned Firearms - World Ranking

In a 2007 comparison of the number of privately owned guns in 178 countries, Macedonia ranked at No. 834

Rate of Privately Owned Firearms per 100 Population - World Ranking

In a 2007 comparison of the rate of private gun ownership in 178 countries, Macedonia ranked at No. 205

Proportion of Households with Handguns

In Macedonia, the percentage of households with one or more handguns is reported to be

2012: 5.7%6

Number of Registered Firearms

ChartThe number of registered guns in Macedonia is reported to be

2017: 169,6871
2012: 157,0007
2005: 156,0005
2004: 156,0002
2003: 155,9963

Rate of Registered Firearms per 100 Population

ChartThe rate of registered guns per 100 people in Macedonia is

2012: 7.548
2005: 7.63
2004: 7.632
2003: 7.678

Estimated Number of Unregistered and Illicit Firearms

ChartUnregistered and unlawfully held guns cannot be counted,9 but in Macedonia there are estimated to be

2017: 451,3131
2004: 100,00010 11 12 2

Estimated Rate of Unregistered and Illicit Firearms per 100 Population

Unregistered and unlawfully held guns cannot be counted,9 but in Macedonia the rate of such firearms per 100 people is estimated to be

2004: 4.908 2

Number of Households with Firearms

In Macedonia, the number of households containing one or more guns is reported to be

2012: 86,90213

Government Guns

Number of Military Firearms

The defence forces of Macedonia are reported to have 29,53014 firearms

Number of Law Enforcement Firearms

Police in Macedonia are reported to have 21,00015 firearms

ImpactsDeath and Injury

Total Number of Gun Deaths

ChartIn Macedonia, annual deaths resulting from firearms total

2013: 2516
2012: 50
2011: 32
2010: 3817 18
2009: 3419 20 21
2008: 35
2007: 49
2006: 50
2003: 54
2002: 52
2001: 110
2000: 32
1999: 2919 20
1998: 4319 20 21
1997: 4119 20 21 22

Rate of All Gun Deaths per 100,000 People

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

2013: 1.1916
2012: 2.39
2011: 1.53
2010: 1.83
2009: 1.64
2008: 1.69
2007: 2.37
2006: 2.44
2003: 2.65
2002: 2.56
2001: 5.44
2000: 1.59
1999: 1.45
1998: 2.15
1997: 2.07

Total Number of Male Gun Deaths

ChartIn Macedonia, annual male deaths resulting from firearms total

2013: 2316
2012: 45
2011: 28
2010: 31
2009: 29
2008: 33
2007: 41

Rate of Male Gun Death per 100,000 People

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

2013: 2.2016
2012: 4.32
2011: 2.69
2010: 2.99
2009: 2.80
2008: 3.20
2007: 3.98

Total Number of Female Gun Deaths

ChartIn Macedonia, annual female deaths resulting from firearms total

2013: 216
2012: 5
2011: 4
2010: 7
2009: 5
2008: 2
2007: 8

Rate of Female Gun Death per 100,000 People

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

2013: 0.1916
2012: 0.48
2011: 0.38
2010: 0.67
2009: 0.48
2008: 0.19
2007: 0.77

Homicides (any method)

ChartIn Macedonia, annual homicides by any means total

2014: 3323
2013: 1816
2012: 34
2011: 29
2010: 44
2009: 29
2008: 40
2007: 48
2006: 53
2005: 52
2004: 56
2003: 66
2002: 69
2001: 131
2000: 60
1999: 5024 25
1998: 4524
1997: 43
1996: 45
1995: 28
1994: 33

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

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

2014: 1.5723
2013: 0.8616
2012: 1.63
2011: 1.39
2010: 2.12
2009: 1.40
2008: 1.93
2007: 2.32
2006: 2.58
2005: 2.54
2004: 2.74
2003: 3.24
2002: 3.40
2001: 6.47
2000: 2.98
1999: 2.498 25
1998: 2.26
1997: 2.17
1996: 2.28
1995: 1.43
1994: 1.708

Male Homicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn Macedonia, annual male homicides by any means total

2014: 2326
2013: 1216
2012: 27
2011: 22
2010: 31
2009: 20
2008: 32
2007: 36

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

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

2014: 2.2126
2013: 1.1516
2012: 2.59
2011: 2.12
2010: 2.99
2009: 1.93
2008: 3.10
2007: 3.49

Female Homicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn Macedonia, annual female homicides by any means total

2014: 1026
2013: 616
2012: 7
2011: 7
2010: 13
2009: 9
2008: 8
2007: 12

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

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

2014: 0.9626
2013: 0.5716
2012: 0.67
2011: 0.67
2010: 1.25
2009: 0.87
2008: 0.77
2007: 1.16

Gun Homicides

ChartIn Macedonia, annual firearm homicides total

2013: 1116
2012: 20
2011: 11
2010: 22
2009: 1219 27 28 25
2008: 1719 28 25
2007: 30
2006: 2519 29 28 25
2005: 2428 25 29
2004: 2930 25
2003: 3219
2002: 31
2001: 81
2000: 2019 25
1999: 16
1998: 2319
1997: 20
1995: 2831

Rate of Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

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

2013: 0.5316
2012: 0.96
2011: 0.53
2010: 1.06
2009: 0.58
2008: 0.82
2007: 1.45
2006: 1.2319 29 8 25
2005: 1.1829 8 25
2004: 1.428 25
2003: 1.5819
2002: 1.53
2001: 3.98
2000: 0.9919 25
1999: 0.79
1998: 1.1519
1997: 1.0
1995: 1.4332

Proportion of Homicides Committed With a Gun

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

2011: 63%28 33
2010: 65%
2009: 37%
2008: 49%
2007: 62%
2006: 54%
2005: 55%
2004: 55.4%25
2000: 47.3%
1999: 35.3%

Male Gun Homicide Victims

ChartIn Macedonia, annual male firearm homicides total

2013: 916
2012: 18
2011: 10
2010: 17
2009: 9
2008: 16
2007: 22

Rate of Male Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

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

2013: 0.8616
2012: 1.73
2011: 0.96
2010: 1.64
2009: 0.87
2008: 1.55
2007: 2.13

Female Gun Homicide Victims

ChartIn Macedonia, annual female firearm homicides total

2013: 216
2012: 2
2011: 1
2010: 5
2009: 3
2008: 1
2007: 8

Rate of Female Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

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

2013: 0.1916
2012: 0.19
2011: 0.10
2010: 0.48
2009: 0.29
2008: 0.10
2007: 0.77

Handgun Homicides

ChartIn Macedonia, annual handgun homicides total

2010: 819
2009: 1
2008: 2
2007: 2
2006: 4

Rate of Handgun Homicide per 100,000 People

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

2010: 0.3919
2009: 0.05
2008: 0.10
2007: 0.10
2006: 0.20

Long Gun Homicides

ChartIn Macedonia, annual long gun homicides total

2009: 119
2007: 1
2006: 1

Rate of Long Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

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

2009: 0.0519
2007: 0.05
2006: 0.05

Gun Homicides (Other)

ChartIn Macedonia, annual gun homicides (other) total

2010: 1419
2009: 10
2008: 15
2007: 27
2006: 20

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

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

2010: 0.6819
2009: 0.49
2008: 0.73
2007: 1.32
2006: 0.98

Suicides (any method)

ChartIn Macedonia, annual suicides by any means total

2013: 17016
2012: 172
2011: 128
2010: 122
2009: 16724
2008: 161
2007: 159
2006: 165
2005: 143
2004: 179
2003: 136
2002: 149
2001: 151
2000: 148
1999: 169
1998: 151
1997: 155
1996: 143
1995: 130
1994: 128

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

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

2013: 8.1216
2012: 8.23
2011: 6.14
2010: 5.87
2009: 8.05
2008: 7.78
2007: 7.70
2006: 8.05
2005: 6.99
2004: 8.77
2003: 6.68
2002: 7.34
2001: 7.46
2000: 7.35
1999: 8.43
1998: 7.57
1997: 7.81
1996: 7.25
1995: 6.65
1994: 6.61

Male Suicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn Macedonia, annual male suicides by any means total

2013: 13616
2012: 120
2011: 96
2010: 87
2009: 125
2008: 116
2007: 114

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

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

2013: 13.0316
2012: 11.52
2011: 9.24
2010: 8.39
2009: 12.08
2008: 11.23
2007: 11.06

Female Suicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn Macedonia, annual female suicides by any means total

2013: 3416
2012: 52
2011: 32
2010: 35
2009: 42
2008: 45
2007: 45

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

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

2013: 3.2416
2012: 4.96
2011: 3.06
2010: 3.36
2009: 4.04
2008: 4.34
2007: 4.35

Gun Suicides

ChartIn Macedonia, annual firearm suicides total

2013: 1416
2012: 27
2011: 19
2010: 1320 18
2009: 1820 34
2008: 1720
2007: 18
2006: 19
2004: 2035 36
2003: 1720
2002: 15
2001: 14
2000: 8
1999: 13
1998: 18
1997: 16

Rate of Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

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

2013: 0.6716
2012: 1.29
2011: 0.91
2010: 0.63
2009: 0.87
2008: 0.82
2007: 0.87
2006: 0.93
2004: 0.988
2003: 0.8420
2002: 0.74
2001: 0.69
2000: 0.39
1999: 0.64
1998: 0.9
1997: 0.8

Male Gun Suicide Victims

ChartIn Macedonia, annual male firearm suicides total

2013: 1416
2012: 24
2011: 17
2010: 12
2009: 17
2008: 16
2007: 18

Rate of Male Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

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

2013: 1.3416
2012: 2.30
2011: 1.64
2010: 1.16
2009: 1.64
2008: 1.55
2007: 1.75

Female Gun Suicide Victims

ChartIn Macedonia, annual female firearm suicides total

2013: 016
2012: 3
2011: 2
2010: 1
2009: 1
2008: 1

Rate of Female Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

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

2012: 0.2916
2011: 0.19
2010: 0.10
2009: 0.10
2008: 0.10

Handgun Suicides

ChartIn Macedonia, annual handgun suicides total

2010: 220
2009: 6
2008: 4
2007: 5
2006: 5

Rate of Handgun Suicide per 100,000 People

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

2010: 0.1020
2009: 0.29
2008: 0.20
2007: 0.24
2006: 0.25

Long Gun Suicides

ChartIn Macedonia, the number of long gun suicides is

2010: 120
2009: 2
2008: 3
2007: 1
2006: 1

Rate of Long Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

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

2010: 0.0520
2009: 0.10
2008: 0.15
2007: 0.05
2006: 0.05

Gun Suicides (Other)

ChartIn Macedonia, annual gun suicides (other) total

2010: 1020
2009: 10
2008: 10
2007: 12
2006: 13

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

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

2010: 0.4920
2009: 0.49
2008: 0.49
2007: 0.59
2006: 0.64

Unintentional Gun Deaths

ChartIn Macedonia, annual unintentional shooting deaths total

2013: 016
2012: 3
2011: 2
2010: 321 18
2009: 421
2008: 1
2007: 1
2006: 6
2003: 5
2002: 6
2001: 15
2000: 4
1998: 2
1997: 5

Rate of Unintentional Gun Death per 100,000 People

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

2013: 016
2012: 0.1416
2011: 0.10
2010: 0.14
2009: 0.19
2008: 0.05
2007: 0.05
2006: 0.29
2003: 0.25
2002: 0.3
2001: 0.74
2000: 0.2
1998: 0.1
1997: 0.25

Unintentional Male Gun Deaths

ChartIn Macedonia, annual unintentional male shooting deaths total

2013: 016
2012: 3
2011: 1
2010: 2
2009: 3
2008: 1
2007: 1

Rate of Unintentional Male Gun Death per 100,000 People

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

2012: 0.2916
2011: 0.10
2010: 0.19
2009: 0.29
2008: 0.10
2007: 0.10

Unintentional Female Gun Deaths

ChartIn Macedonia, annual unintentional female shooting deaths total

2013: 016
2012: 0
2011: 1
2010: 1
2009: 1

Rate of Unintentional Female Gun Death per 100,000 People

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

2011: 0.1016
2010: 0.10
2009: 0.10

Unintentional Handgun Deaths

ChartIn Macedonia, annual unintentional shooting deaths by handgun total

2010: 221
2009: 2
2008: 1
2006: 2

Rate of Unintentional Handgun Death per 100,000 People

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

2010: 0.1021
2009: 0.10
2008: 0.05
2006: 0.10

Unintentional Long Gun Deaths

In Macedonia, annual unintentional shooting deaths by long gun total

2010: 121

Rate of Unintentional Long Gun Death per 100,000 People

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

2010: 0.0521

Unintentional Gun Deaths (Other)

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

2009: 221
2007: 1
2006: 4

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

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

2009: 0.1021
2007: 0.05
2006: 0.20

Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

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

2013: 016
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
1997: 022

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

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

1997: 0.0022

Male Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

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

2013: 016
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0

Female Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

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

2013: 016
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0

ProductionGun Industry

Regulation of Firearm Makers

In Macedonia, the manufacture of small arms, ammunition and/or their components is permitted for makers authorised by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Ministry of Defence37 38 39 40 41 42

Home-made Guns

In Macedonia, the prevalence of illicit craft, or 'home-made' firearm manufacture is reported to be high43

TransfersGun Trade and Trafficking

Firearm Exports

In Macedonia, firearm and ammunition exports are limited by transfer control law44 45 46 47

Firearm Exports (Number)

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

2018: 048
2017: 0
2016: 0
2015: 0

Small Arms Exports (US$) - Customs

The annual value of small arms and ammunition exports from Macedonia is reported by Customs to be US$ 94349 (2011)

Firearm Imports

In Macedonia, firearm and ammunition imports are limited by transfer control law44 46 47

Firearm Imports (Number)

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

2018: 82948
2017: 884
2016: 1,922
2015: 1,537
2009: 63950

Small Arms Imports (US$) - Customs

The annual value of small arms and ammunition imports to Macedonia is reported by Customs to be US$963,75349 (2011)

Smuggling Guns and Ammunition

Reports suggest that the level of firearm and ammunition smuggling in Macedonia is high51 52 53 54 55 56 57

Regulation of Arms Brokers

In Macedonia, the activities of arms brokers and transfer intermediaries are specifically regulated by law58

End User Certificates

Customs regulations in Macedonia include45 certification of the intended end user of any small arms or ammunition transfer, and/or a written declaration of its intended end use

MeasuresGun Regulation

Firearm Regulation - Guiding Policy

The regulation of guns in Macedonia is categorised as restrictive59

Firearm Law

Guiding gun control legislation in Macedonia includes the Law on Arms 2005,60 the Law on Weapons,61 the Law on the Production of, and Trade In, Arms and Military Equipment,62 the Customs Law and the Law for testing and stamping or marking the firearms and ammunition63 46

Firearm Regulation Authority

Guns in Macedonia are regulated by the Ministry of Internal Affairs64 65 and the Ministry of Defence66

Right to Possess Firearms

In Macedonia, the right to private gun ownership is not guaranteed by law67 68 69

Restricted Firearms and Ammunition

In Macedonia, civilians are not allowed to possess automatic firearms, military weapons, firearms disguised as non-weapons, silenced firearms, and armour piercing, explosive or incendiary ammunition70 71 72

Regulation of Automatic Weapons

In Macedonia, private possession of fully automatic weapons is prohibited70 71 72 33

Regulation of Semiautomatic Assault Weapons

In Macedonia, private possession of semi-automatic assault weapons is permitted under licence, subject to strict permissions70 71 72

Regulation of Handguns

In Macedonia, private possession of handguns (pistols and revolvers) is permitted under licence, subject to strict conditions70 71 72 33

Law Regulates Long Guns

In Macedonia, civilian possession of rifles and shotguns is regulated by law70 71 72 33

Gun Ownership and Possession

In Macedonia, only licensed gun owners70 33 may lawfully acquire, possess or transfer a firearm or ammunition

Genuine Reason Required for Firearm Possession

Applicants for a gun owner’s licence in Macedonia are required to establish a genuine reason to possess a firearm, for example self-defence, hunting, sport shooting, or collection73 74 75 76 77 78 79

Minimum Age for Firearm Possession

The minimum age for gun ownership in Macedonia is 18 years74 73

Gun Owner Background Checks

An applicant for a firearm licence in Macedonia must pass a background check which considers criminal, medical, domestic violence, addiction, residential and various other73 74 80 81 82 83 33 records

Reference Required for Firearm Licence

In Macedonia, third party character references for each gun licence applicant are not required69

Domestic Violence and Firearms

Where a past history, or apprehended likelihood of family violence exists, the law in Macedonia stipulates82 that a gun licence should be denied or revoked

Firearm Safety Training

In Macedonia, an understanding of firearm safety and the law, tested in a theoretical and/or practical training course is required84 77 85 73 74 for a firearm licence

Gun Owner Licensing Period

In Macedonia, gun owners must re-apply and re-qualify for their firearm licence every two to five years, depending on the age of the applicant86

Licensing Records

In Macedonia, authorities maintain a record39 of individual civilians licensed to acquire, possess, sell or transfer a firearm or ammunition

Limit on Number of Guns

Licensed firearm owners in Macedonia are permitted to possess only firearms granted specific permission for possession or purchase by the Ministry of Internal Affairs87 88

Limit on Quantity, Type of Ammunition

Licensed firearm owners in Macedonia are permitted to possess a maximum of 50 bullets once in the course of one calendar year and a maximum of 100 bullets for hunting arms89 88

Firearm Registration

Civilian Gun Registration

In Macedonia, the law requires90 39 91 92 93 70 94 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 Macedonia, licensed firearm dealers are required95 to keep a record of each firearm or ammunition purchase, sale or transfer on behalf of a regulating authority

Gun Manufacturer Record Keeping

In Macedonia, licensed gun makers are required39 95 to keep a record of each firearm produced, for inspection by a regulating authority

State-Owned Firearm Records

In Macedonia, State agencies are required94 96 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 Macedonia, the private sale and transfer of firearms is prohibited unless conducted by a notary87 88 97

Regulation of Dealer Gun Sales

In Macedonia, dealing in firearms by way of business without a valid gun dealer’s licence is unlawful98

Background Checks for Private Gun Sales

The buyer of a firearm in a private sale in Macedonia is obliged73 74 80 81 82 83 to pass official background checks before taking possession

Background Checks for Dealer Gun Sales

The buyer of a firearm from a licensed gun dealer in Macedonia is obliged73 74 80 81 82 83 to pass official background checks before taking possession

Waiting Period for Gun Possession

In Macedonia, the minimum wait for a lawful firearm purchase to be completed is undetermined69

Regulation of Gun Shows

In Macedonia, gun shows and temporary firearm dealing events are not regulated69 in law

Storage and Transport of Guns and Ammunition

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Private

Firearm regulations in Macedonia include99 100 101 102 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 Macedonia include103 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition by licensed arms dealers

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Government

Government regulations in Macedonia include104 96 105 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition by state entities

Firearm and Ammunition Transport Regulations

Regulations in Macedonia include106 107 108 109 110 103 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition while in transit

Marking and Tracing Guns and Ammunition

Firearm Marking

In Macedonia, a unique identifying mark on each firearm is required by law111 112 113 40 114

Firearm Tracing

In Macedonia, state authorities carry out114 recognised arms tracing and tracking procedures

Ballistic Record of Firearms and Ammunition

In Macedonia, the ballistic characteristics of each civilian firearm and its ammunition are90 recorded in a register

Carrying Guns

Carrying Guns Openly in Public

In Macedonia, carrying a firearm in plain view in a public place is prohibited109 106 70 33

Carrying Hidden Handguns in Public

In Macedonia, carrying a concealed firearm in a public place is prohibited109 106 70 33

Gun Free Zones

In Macedonia, private guns are prohibited in public places (streets, squares, roads, excursion places, ports, airports, railway stations, bus stations, waiting rooms, tourism and trading facilities, handicraft shops, sport stadiums, playgrounds, means of public transportation, cinema halls, theatre or concert halls, exhibition spaces, gardens and similar), as well as other places that at a certain time serve for such purposes109 106

Penalty for Illicit Firearm Possession

In Macedonia, the maximum penalty for unlawful possession of a firearm115 is three to 10 years in prison116 117 118

Collection, Amnesty and Destruction Programmes

Authorities in Macedonia are known to have119 120 121 122 123 124 125 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 Macedonia, the number of firearms voluntarily surrendered in recent arms amnesty and collection programmes is reported to be 6,412122 to 7,571119 (2003)

Firearms Surrendered and Seized

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

2013: 509126 127
2012: 179127
2011: 314
2010: 1,279

Small Arms Destroyed

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

2015: 535128
2013: 267126
2012: 1,560129
2010: 9,876125
2005: 5,313124
2004: 7,571123
2003: 6,412122
2001: 3,875120 119 121
2000: 1,514119
1999: 2,610119
1998: 1,274
1997: 1,725
1996: 1,103

Destruction and Disposal Policy

In Macedonia, it is not state policy96 130 to destroy surplus, collected and seized firearms rather than return them to the secondary arms market

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 signed in 2009131 by Macedonia.

Arms Trade Treaty

The Arms Trade Treaty has been signed and ratified132 by Macedonia

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 ratified133 by Macedonia

United Nations Small Arms Programme of Action UNPoA

UNPoA Commitment

On 21 July 2001, Macedonia 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 Aspects134

UNPoA Implementation Monitor Score

In its UN small arms Programme of Action Implementation Monitor (PoAIM Phase 1), the Small Arms Survey scored Macedonia against its commitments to the PoA, then ranked it at No. 24135 136 137 138 among 159 Member States

UNPoA National Reporting

Under the terms of its 2001 commitment to the United Nations small arms Programme of Action, Macedonia has submitted one or more national reports139 140 on its implementation of the UNPoA

UNPoA National Point of Contact

In Macedonia, a National Point of Contact to deal with issues relating to the UNPoA has been designated141 140

UNPoA National Coordinating Body

In Macedonia, a National Coordinating Body to deal with issues relating to the UNPoA has been designated141 140

UNPoA Civil Society Involvement and Support

In National Reports of Macedonia submitted to the UN from 2001 to 2010, a history of substantive cooperation with civil society in support of UNPoA activities was apparent141 140 142

UNPoA International Assistance – Donor

Funds for UNPoA implementation have not been donated140 by Macedonia to other UN Member States

UNPoA International Assistance – Recipient

Funds for UNPoA implementation have been provided140 to Macedonia by other UN Member States

United Nations Small Arms Register

According to the United Nations Register of Conventional Arms, Macedonia has not declared143 its small arms exports in one or more annual National Reports on Arms Exports.

United Nations Membership

In the UN List of Member States, Macedonia has been a Member State of the United Nations since 1993144

Wassenaar Arrangement

The Wassenaar Arrangement on Export Controls and Conventional Arms and Dual-Use Goods and Technologies does not list145 Macedonia as a Participating State

BackgroundCountry Profile

Conflict Profile

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

Global Peace Index

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


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