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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 Montenegro is

2017: 245,0001
2007: 150,0002 3

Rate of Civilian Firearm Possession per 100 Population

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

2017: 39.101
2007: 23.12

Number of Privately Owned Firearms - World Ranking

In a 2007 comparison of the number of privately owned guns in 178 countries, Montenegro ranked at No. 1244

Rate of Privately Owned Firearms per 100 Population - World Ranking

In a 2007 comparison of the rate of private gun ownership in 178 countries, Montenegro ranked at No. 212

Proportion of Households with Handguns

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

2012: 11.8%5

Number of Licensed Firearm Owners

ChartThe number of licensed gun owners in Montenegro is reported to be

2012: 80,0006
2007: 73,0007

Rate of Licensed Firearm Owners per 100 Population

ChartThe rate of licensed firearm owners per 100 people in Montenegro is

2012: 12.178
2007: 10.66

Number of Registered Firearms

ChartThe number of registered guns in Montenegro is reported to be

2017: 103,5361
2012: 100,0006
2007: 98,3407
2005: 86,0002
2004: 86,0009 10
2003: 86,00011

Rate of Registered Firearms per 100 Population

ChartThe rate of registered guns per 100 people in Montenegro is

2012: 15.218
2007: 14.36
2005: 12.30
2004: 13.239
2003: 12.058

Estimated Number of Illicit Firearms

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

2017: 141,4641
2012: 80,0006
2006: 89,00010
2003: 64,50011

Estimated Rate of Illicit Firearms per 100 Population

Unlawfully held guns cannot be counted, but in Montenegro the rate of illicit firearms per 100 people is estimated to be 12.608

Number of Households with Firearms

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

2012: 38,56912

Government Guns

Number of Military Firearms

The defence forces of Montenegro are reported to have 5,39613 firearms

Number of Law Enforcement Firearms

Police in Montenegro are reported to have 8,00014 firearms

ImpactsDeath and Injury

Total Number of Gun Deaths

ChartIn Montenegro, annual deaths resulting from firearms total

2009: 5415 16
2008: 5717 18
2007: 49
2005: 68

Rate of All Gun Deaths per 100,000 People

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

2009: 8.5515 16
2008: 8.408
2007: 7.16
2005: 9.72

Homicides (any method)

ChartIn Montenegro, annual homicides by any means total

2015: 1719
2014: 20
2013: 10
2012: 1720
2011: 2120 21 22
2010: 1520 21
2009: 21
2008: 24
2007: 12
2006: 2523
2005: 2221
2004: 14
2003: 20
2002: 27

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

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

2015: 2.7219
2014: 3.20
2013: 1.60
2012: 2.72
2011: 3.37
2010: 2.41
2009: 3.4
2008: 3.920 24
2007: 1.9
2006: 4.1624 23
2005: 3.62
2004: 2.8524
2003: 3.10
2002: 4.321

Male Homicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn Montenegro, annual male homicides by any means total

2015: 1425
2014: 16
2013: 9
2012: 14
2011: 18
2010: 8

Female Homicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn Montenegro, annual female homicides by any means total

2015: 325
2014: 4
2013: 1
2012: 3
2011: 3
2010: 7

Gun Homicides

ChartIn Montenegro, annual firearm homicides total

2013: 1326
2011: 1620
2010: 7
2009: 1317 20 16
2008: 1417 20
2007: 5
2005: 2217

Rate of Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

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

2013: 2.1026
2011: 2.428
2010: 1.05
2009: 2.0617 8 16
2008: 2.2317 8
2007: 0.8
2005: 3.5317

Proportion of Homicides Committed With a Gun

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

2011: 76%20 22
2010: 47%20
2009: 52%
2008: 33%
2007: 67%

Handgun Homicides

In Montenegro, annual handgun homicides total

2005: 1017

Rate of Handgun Homicide per 100,000 People

In Montenegro, the annual rate of handgun homicide per 100,000 population is

2005: 1.6017

Long Gun Homicides

In Montenegro, annual long gun homicides total

2005: 117

Rate of Long Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

In Montenegro, the annual rate of long gun homicide per 100,000 population is

2005: 0.1617

Gun Homicides (Other)

ChartIn Montenegro, annual gun homicides (other) total

2009: 1317
2008: 14
2007: 5
2005: 11

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

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

2009: 2.0617
2008: 2.23
2007: 0.80
2005: 1.76

Gun Suicides

ChartIn Montenegro, annual firearm suicides total

2009: 4118 16
2008: 4318
2007: 44
2005: 46

Rate of Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

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

2009: 6.4918 16
2008: 6.8418
2007: 7.03
2005: 7.38

Handgun Suicides

ChartIn Montenegro, annual handgun suicides total

2009: 118
2005: 3

Rate of Handgun Suicide per 100,000 People

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

2009: 0.1618
2005: 0.48

Long Gun Suicides

ChartIn Montenegro, the number of long gun suicides is

2008: 118
2007: 1

Rate of Long Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

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

2008: 0.1618
2007: 0.16

Gun Suicides (Other)

ChartIn Montenegro, annual gun suicides (other) total

2009: 4018
2008: 42
2007: 43
2005: 43

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

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

2009: 6.3318
2008: 6.68
2007: 6.87
2005: 6.90

ProductionGun Industry

Regulation of Firearm Makers

In Montenegro, the manufacture of small arms, ammunition and/or their components is permitted only if the maker holds a valid licence27 28

TransfersGun Trade and Trafficking

Firearm Exports

In Montenegro, firearm and ammunition exports are limited by transfer control law29 30 31

Small Arms Exports (US$) - Customs

The annual value of small arms and ammunition exports from Montenegro is reported by Customs to be US$578,27332 (2011)

Firearm Imports

In Montenegro, firearm and ammunition imports are limited by transfer control law29 31

Small Arms Imports (US$) - Customs

The annual value of small arms and ammunition imports to Montenegro is reported by Customs to be US$766,11532 (2011)

Smuggling Guns and Ammunition

Reports suggest that the level of firearm and ammunition smuggling in Montenegro is moderate33 34 35 36

Regulation of Arms Brokers

In Montenegro, the activities of arms brokers and transfer intermediaries are specifically regulated by law37 38

End User Certificates

Customs regulations in Montenegro include39 30 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, Montenegro scored

2014: 16.2540
2013: 9.5041
2012: 14.5042
2011: 12.5043
2010: 13.2544
2009: 10.5045
2008: 9.7546
2007: 9.2547
2006: 9.2548
2005: 1.5049

MeasuresGun Regulation

Firearm Regulation - Guiding Policy

The regulation of guns in Montenegro is categorised as restrictive50

Firearm Law

Guiding gun control legislation in Montenegro includes the Law on Weapons 1992,51 the Law No. 80/08 on Foreign Trade in Arms, Military Equipment and Dual Use Goods, the Law No. 30/12 on the Control of Export of Dual Use Items,29 37 the Law on Transport of Dangerous Goods and the Criminal Code27

Firearm Regulation Authority

Guns in Montenegro are regulated by the Ministry of Interior52 53

Right to Possess Firearms

In Montenegro, the right to private gun ownership is not guaranteed by law54 55 56

Restricted Firearms and Ammunition

In Montenegro, civilians are not allowed to possess automatic firearms, semi-automatic long arms (with the exception of some semi-auto hunting rifles), double-barrelled firearms, silencers, or infra-red sighting devices57

Regulation of Automatic Weapons

In Montenegro, private possession of fully automatic weapons is prohibited57 22

Regulation of Semiautomatic Assault Weapons

In Montenegro, private possession of semi-automatic assault weapons is prohibited, with very narrow exceptions for hunting purposes57

Regulation of Handguns

In Montenegro, private possession of handguns (pistols and revolvers) is permitted under licence58 52 22

Law Regulates Long Guns

In Montenegro, civilian possession of rifles and shotguns is regulated by law58 57 22

Gun Ownership and Possession

In Montenegro, only licensed gun owners52 59 60 22 may lawfully acquire, possess or transfer a firearm or ammunition

Genuine Reason Required for Firearm Possession

Applicants for a gun owner’s licence in Montenegro are required to establish a genuine reason to possess a firearm, for example hunting, sports shooting, self-defence, collection59 58

Minimum Age for Firearm Possession

The minimum age for gun ownership in Montenegro is 16 years, as a member of a shooting organisation61

Gun Owner Background Checks

An applicant for a firearm licence in Montenegro must pass a background check which considers criminal, mental health and medical62 22 records

Reference Required for Firearm Licence

In Montenegro, third party character references for each gun licence applicant are not required56

Domestic Violence and Firearms

Where a past history, or apprehended likelihood of family violence exists, the law in Montenegro does not stipulate56 62 that a gun licence should be denied or revoked

Firearm Safety Training

In Montenegro, an understanding of firearm safety and the law, tested in a theoretical and/or practical training course is required63 for a firearm licence

Gun Owner Licensing Period

In Montenegro, gun owners must re-apply and re-qualify for their firearm licence every ten years60

Licensing Records

In Montenegro, authorities maintain a record64 of individual civilians licensed to acquire, possess, sell or transfer a firearm or ammunition

Limit on Number of Guns

Licensed firearm owners in Montenegro are permitted to possess only those firearms specified on an official acquisition permit, valid for 6 months, whereas licensed members of authorised shooting organisations are permitted to own several types of hunting or sporting firearms52 59 65

Limit on Quantity, Type of Ammunition

Licensed firearm owners in Montenegro are permitted to possess an unlimited quantity of smoothbore ammunition, but a maximum of 50 'factory packages' of rifled ammunition per calendar year52

Firearm Registration

Civilian Gun Registration

In Montenegro, the law require66 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 Montenegro, licensed firearm dealers are required67 53 to keep a record of each firearm or ammunition purchase, sale or transfer on behalf of a regulating authority

Gun Manufacturer Record Keeping

In Montenegro, licensed gun makers are required27 to keep a record of each firearm produced, for inspection by a regulating authority

State-Owned Firearm Records

In Montenegro, State agencies are required68 66 to maintain records of the storage and movement of all firearms and ammunition under their control

Gun Sales and Transfers

Limit on Gun Dealer Sales

In Montenegro, the number and type of firearms which can be sold by a licensed gun dealer to a single gun owner is limited to those firearms specified on an official acquisition permit, valid for 6 months52 59

Waiting Period for Gun Possession

In Montenegro, the minimum wait for a lawful firearm purchase to be completed is undetermined56

Regulation of Gun Shows

In Montenegro, gun shows and temporary firearm dealing events are not regulated56 in law

Storage and Transport of Guns and Ammunition

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Private

Firearm regulations in Montenegro do not include56 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 Montenegro do not include56 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition by licensed arms dealers

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Government

Government regulations in Montenegro include69 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition by state entities

Firearm and Ammunition Transport Regulations

Regulations in Montenegro include28 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition while in transit

Marking and Tracing Guns and Ammunition

Firearm Marking

In Montenegro, a unique identifying mark on each firearm is required by law70 71 66

Firearm Tracing

In Montenegro, state authorities do not carry out72 73 recognised arms tracing and tracking procedures

Ballistic Record of Firearms and Ammunition

In Montenegro, the ballistic characteristics of each civilian firearm and its ammunition are not56 recorded in a register

Carrying Guns

Carrying Guns Openly in Public

In Montenegro, carrying a firearm in plain view in a public place is allowed, subject to a valid permit74 22

Carrying Hidden Handguns in Public

In Montenegro, carrying a concealed firearm in a public place is allowed, subject to a valid permit74 22

Collection, Amnesty and Destruction Programmes

Authorities in Montenegro are known to have75 76 77 78 implemented voluntary firearm surrender schemes, and/or weapon seizure programmes in order to reduce the number of illicit firearms in circulation

Firearms Surrendered and Seized

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

2015: 75679
2013: 41180 81
2012: 31980 82
2011: 45380 83
2010: 379
2009: 86383
2008: 908
2007: 612
2006: 541
2003: 7003
1998: 2,000

Small Arms Destroyed

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

2016: 1,14084
2015: 85785
2013: 1,48986
2012: 1,52087
2011: 1,52088
2006: 2,15978
2003/06: 7,00077
2003: 25,00076
2002: 23,22375
2001: 52,000

Destruction and Disposal Policy

In Montenegro, it is state policy89 90 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 200891 by Montenegro.

Arms Trade Treaty

The Arms Trade Treaty has been signed and ratified92 by Montenegro

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 ratified93 by Montenegro

United Nations Small Arms Programme of Action UNPoA

UNPoA Commitment

On 21 July 2001, Montenegro 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 Aspects94

UNPoA National Reporting

Under the terms of its 2001 commitment to the United Nations small arms Programme of Action, Montenegro has submitted one or more national reports95 96 on its implementation of the UNPoA

UNPoA National Point of Contact

In Montenegro, a National Point of Contact to deal with issues relating to the UNPoA has not been designated96

UNPoA National Coordinating Body

In Montenegro, a National Coordinating Body to deal with issues relating to the UNPoA has been designated96

UNPoA Civil Society Involvement and Support

In National Reports of Montenegro submitted to the UN from 2001 to 2010, a history of substantive cooperation with civil society in support of UNPoA activities was not apparent96

UNPoA International Assistance – Donor

Funds for UNPoA implementation have not been donated96 by Montenegro to other UN Member States

UNPoA International Assistance – Recipient

Funds for UNPoA implementation have been provided96 to Montenegro by other UN Member States

United Nations Small Arms Register

According to the United Nations Register of Conventional Arms, Montenegro has declared97 its small arms exports in one or more annual National Reports on Arms Exports.

United Nations Membership

In the UN List of Member States, Montenegro has been a Member State of the United Nations since 200698

Wassenaar Arrangement

The Wassenaar Arrangement on Export Controls and Conventional Arms and Dual-Use Goods and Technologies does not list99 Montenegro as a Participating State

BackgroundCountry Profile

Conflict Profile

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

Global Peace Index

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


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