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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 the Netherlands is

2019: 412,1421 2
2017: 442,0003
2005: 510,0001 4

Rate of Civilian Firearm Possession per 100 Population

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

2019: 2.395
2017: 2.59
2005: 3.12

Number of Privately Owned Firearms - World Ranking

In a comparison of the number of privately owned guns in 206 countries, the Netherlands ranked at No. 876

Rate of Privately Owned Firearms per 100 Population - World Ranking

In a comparison of the rate of privately owned guns in 206 countries, the Netherlands ranked at No.1426

Proportion of Adults Living in a Home With a Gun

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

2015: 1%7

Proportion of Households with Firearms

ChartIn the Netherlands, the percentage of households with one or more guns is reported to be

2005: 4.8%8
1999/2003: 1.7%
1995/98: 2.3%
1992: 1.9%9
1992/94: 2.0%8
1989: 2.0%

Proportion of Households with Rifles

In the Netherlands, the percentage of households with one or more rifles is reported to be

1992: 0.7%9

Proportion of Households with Shotguns

In the Netherlands, the percentage of households with one or more shotguns is reported to be

1992: 0.0%9

Proportion of Households with Handguns

ChartIn the Netherlands, the percentage of households with one or more handguns is reported to be

2005: 1.3%8
1999/2003: 0.8%
1995/98: 0.9%
1992/94: 1.4%8 9
1989: 0.9%

Number of Registered Firearms

ChartThe number of registered guns in the Netherlands is reported to be

2019: 374,6752
2017: 205,3473
2007: 330,0004

Rate of Registered Firearms per 100 Population

ChartThe rate of registered guns per 100 people in the Netherlands is

2019: 2.185
2017: 1.2
2007: 2.02

Estimated Number of Unregistered and Illicit Firearms

ChartUnregistered and unlawfully held guns cannot be counted,10 but in the Netherlands there are estimated to be

2019: 37,4681 2
2017: 236,6533
2005: 180,0004

Estimated Rate of Unregistered and Illicit Firearms per 100 Population

ChartUnregistered and unlawfully held guns cannot be counted,10 but in the Netherlands the rate of such firearms per 100 people is estimated to be

2019: 0.225
2017: 1.39
2005: 1.1

Government Guns

Number of Military Firearms

The defence forces of the Netherlands are reported to have 108,67611 firearms

Number of Law Enforcement Firearms

Police in the Netherlands are reported to have 96,00012 firearms

ImpactsDeath and Injury

Total Number of Gun Deaths

ChartIn the Netherlands, annual deaths resulting from firearms total

2018: 7613
2017: 86
2016: 72
2015: 78
2014: 74
2013: 72
2012: 95
2011: 100
2010: 76
2009: 95
2008: 78
2007: 84
2006: 82
2005: 104
2004: 101
2003: 104
2002: 122
2001: 114
2000: 116
1999: 145
1998: 131
1997: 133
1996: 143

Rate of All Gun Deaths per 100,000 People

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

2018: 0.4413
2017: 0.51
2016: 0.42
2015: 0.46
2014: 0.44
2013: 0.43
2012: 0.57
2011: 0.60
2010: 0.46
2009: 0.58
2008: 0.48
2007: 0.51
2006: 0.50
2005: 0.64
2004: 0.62
2003: 0.64
2002: 0.76
2001: 0.71
2000: 0.73
1999: 0.92
1998: 0.83
1997: 0.85
1996: 0.92

Total Number of Male Gun Deaths

ChartIn the Netherlands, annual male deaths resulting from firearms total

2018: 6713
2017: 80
2016: 66
2015: 71
2014: 70
2013: 63
2012: 87
2011: 85
2010: 69
2009: 87
2008: 68
2007: 74
2006: 73
2005: 93
2004: 89
2003: 90
2001: 100
2000: 106

Rate of Male Gun Death per 100,000 People

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

2018: 0.7913
2017: 0.95
2016: 0.79
2015: 0.85
2014: 0.84
2013: 0.76
2012: 1.06
2011: 1.04
2010: 0.85
2009: 1.07
2008: 0.84
2007: 0.92
2006: 0.91
2005: 1.16
2004: 1.11
2003: 1.13
2001: 1.26
2000: 1.35

Total Number of Female Gun Deaths

ChartIn the Netherlands, annual female deaths resulting from firearms total

2018: 913
2017: 6
2016: 6
2015: 7
2014: 4
2013: 9
2012: 8
2011: 15
2010: 7
2009: 8
2008: 10
2007: 10
2006: 9
2005: 11
2004: 12
2003: 14
2001: 14
2000: 10

Rate of Female Gun Death per 100,000 People

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

2018: 0.1013
2017: 0.07
2016: 0.07
2015: 0.08
2014: 0.05
2013: 0.11
2012: 0.10
2011: 0.18
2010: 0.08
2009: 0.10
2008: 0.12
2007: 0.12
2006: 0.11
2005: 0.13
2004: 0.15
2003: 0.17
2001: 0.17
2000: 0.12

Homicides (any method)

ChartIn the Netherlands, annual homicides by any means total

2020: 10714
2019: 109
2018: 100
2017: 132
2016: 94
2015: 104
2014: 123
2013: 125
2012: 145
2011: 143
2010: 144
2009: 154
2008: 150
2007: 143
2006: 159
2005: 197
2004: 223
2003: 247
2002: 224
2001: 264
2000: 223
1999: 23015 16 17 18
1998: 208
1997: 23715 16 17 18 19
1996: 240
1995: 29915 18 19

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

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

2020: 0.6214
2019: 0.64
2018: 0.59
2017: 0.78
2016: 0.55
2015: 0.61
2014: 0.73
2013: 0.74
2012: 0.86
2011: 0.85
2010: 0.86
2009: 0.93
2008: 0.91
2007: 0.87
2006: 0.97
2005: 1.21
2004: 1.37
2003: 1.52
2002: 1.39
2001: 1.65
2000: 1.40
1999: 1.455 18
1998: 1.32
1997: 1.525 18 19
1996: 1.54
1995: 1.918 19

Male Homicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn the Netherlands, annual male homicides by any means total

2020: 12614
2019: 134
2018: 128
2017: 178
2016: 126
2015: 124
2014: 93
2013: 69
2012: 95
2011: 93
2010: 90
2009: 104
2008: 103
2007: 96

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

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

2016: 0.7513
2015: 0.74
2014: 1.11
2013: 0.83
2012: 1.15
2011: 1.13
2010: 1.10
2009: 1.28
2008: 1.27
2007: 1.19

Female Homicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn the Netherlands, annual female homicides by any means total

2016: 3213
2015: 42
2014: 30
2013: 56
2012: 50
2011: 50
2010: 54
2009: 50
2008: 47
2007: 47

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

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

2016: 0.3713
2015: 0.49
2014: 0.35
2013: 0.66
2012: 0.59
2011: 0.59
2010: 0.64
2009: 0.60
2008: 0.57
2007: 0.57

Gun Homicides

ChartIn the Netherlands, annual firearm homicides total

2018: 3213
2017: 35
2016: 2713
2015: 3113
2014: 37
2013: 26
2012: 46
2011: 48
2010: 31
2009: 38
2008: 35
2007: 37
2006: 30
2005: 49
2004: 49
2003: 49
2002: 80
2001: 68
2000: 64
1999: 89
1998: 74
1997: 78
1996: 86

Rate of Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

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

2018: 0.1913
2017: 0.20
2016: 0.16
2015: 0.18
2014: 0.22
2013: 0.15
2012: 0.27
2011: 0.29
2010: 0.19
2009: 0.23
2008: 0.21
2007: 0.23
2006: 0.18
2005: 0.30
2004: 0.30
2003: 0.30
2002: 0.50
2001: 0.42
2000: 0.40
1999: 0.56
1998: 0.47
1997: 0.50
1996: 0.55
1994: 0.3620

Proportion of Homicides Committed With a Gun

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

2011: 34%21 22
2010: 23%
2009: 27%
2008: 25%
2007: 28%
2006: 24%
2005: 31%
2004: 29.9%18

Male Gun Homicide Victims

ChartIn the Netherlands, annual male firearm homicides total

2018: 2613
2017: 32
2016: 2413
2015: 26
2014: 36
2013: 21
2012: 39
2011: 35
2010: 25
2009: 33
2008: 29
2007: 31
2006: 25
2005: 44
2004: 40
2003: 38
2001: 58
2000: 58

Rate of Male Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

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

2018: 0.3113
2017: 0.38
2016: 0.29
2015: 0.31
2014: 0.43
2013: 0.25
2012: 0.47
2011: 0.42
2010: 0.31
2009: 0.40
2008: 0.36
2007: 0.38
2006: 0.31
2005: 0.55
2004: 0.50
2003: 0.47
2001: 0.73
2000: 0.74

Female Gun Homicide Victims

ChartIn the Netherlands, annual female firearm homicides total

2018: 613
2017: 3
2016: 313
2015: 5
2014: 1
2013: 5
2012: 7
2011: 13
2010: 6
2009: 5
2008: 6
2007: 6
2006: 5
2005: 5
2004: 9
2003: 11
2001: 10
2000: 6

Rate of Female Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

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

2018: 0.0713
2017: 0.03
2016: 0.03
2015: 0.06
2014: 0.01
2013: 0.06
2012: 0.08
2011: 0.15
2010: 0.07
2009: 0.06
2008: 0.07
2007: 0.07
2006: 0.06
2005: 0.06
2004: 0.11
2003: 0.13
2001: 0.12
2000: 0.07

Handgun Homicides

ChartIn the Netherlands, annual handgun homicides total

2015: 023
2014: 2
2013: 223 24
2012: 2
2011: 023
2010: 123 24
2009: 2
2008: 1
2007: 2
2006: 1
2005: 5
2004: 4
2003: 5
2002: 3
2001: 1
2000: 1
1999: 2
1998: 3
1997: 4
1996: 3

Rate of Handgun Homicide per 100,000 People

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

2015: 0.005
2014: 0.01
2013: 0.015 24
2012: 0.01
2011: 0.005
2010: 0.015 24
2009: 0.01
2008: 0.01
2007: 0.01
2006: 0.01
2005: 0.03
2004: 0.02
2003: 0.03
2002: 0.02
2001: 0.01
2000: 0.01
1999: 0.01
1998: 0.02
1997: 0.03
1996: 0.02

Long Gun Homicides

ChartIn the Netherlands, annual long gun homicides total

2015: 023
2014: 1
2013: 0
2012: 123 24
2011: 1
2010: 1
2009: 1
2008: 1
2007: 023
2006: 0
2005: 0
2004: 0
2003: 223 24
2002: 1
2001: 023
2000: 123 24
1999: 023
1998: 123 24
1997: 1
1996: 023

Rate of Long Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

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

2015: 0.005
2014: 0.01
2013: 0.00
2012: 0.015 24
2011: 0.01
2010: 0.01
2009: 0.01
2008: 0.01
2007: 0.005
2006: 0.00
2005: 0.00
2004: 0.00
2003: 0.015 24
2002: 0.01
2001: 0.00
2000: 0.01
1999: 0.005
1998: 0.015 24
1997: 0.01
1996: 0.005

Gun Homicides (Other)

ChartIn the Netherlands, annual gun homicides (other) total

2015: 3123
2014: 37
2013: 2623 24
2012: 46
2011: 48
2010: 31
2009: 38
2008: 35
2007: 37
2006: 30
2005: 49
2004: 49
2003: 49
2002: 59
2001: 68
2000: 64
1999: 73
1998: 54
1997: 58
1996: 68

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

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

2015: 0.185
2014: 0.22
2013: 0.155 24
2012: 0.27
2011: 0.29
2010: 0.19
2009: 0.23
2008: 0.21
2007: 0.23
2006: 0.18
2005: 0.30
2004: 0.30
2003: 0.30
2002: 0.37
2001: 0.42
2000: 0.40
1999: 0.46
1998: 0.34
1997: 0.37
1996: 0.44

Suicides (any method)

ChartIn the Netherlands, annual suicides by any means total

2018: 1,87013
2017: 1,965
2016: 1,934
2015: 1,918
2014: 1,872
2013: 1,897
2012: 1,795
2011: 1,694
2010: 1,640
2009: 1,577
2008: 1,475
2007: 1,395
2006: 1,574
2005: 1,621
2004: 1,559
2003: 1,546
2002: 1,567
2001: 1,516
2000: 1,547
1999: 1,51725 26
1998: 1,51925
1997: 1,570
1996: 1,577

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

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

2019: 013
2018: 10.90
2017: 11.50
2016: 11.37
2015: 11.32
2014: 11.09
2013: 11.29
2012: 10.73
2011: 10.17
2010: 9.90
2009: 9.56
2008: 8.99
2007: 8.53
2006: 9.64
2005: 9.95
2004: 9.58
2003: 9.53
2002: 9.71
2001: 9.45
2000: 9.71
1999: 9.595 26
1998: 9.665
1997: 10.05
1996: 10.14
1994: 10.3027

Male Suicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn the Netherlands, annual male suicides by any means total

2018: 1,21413
2017: 1,350
2016: 1,317
2015: 1,325
2014: 1,280
2013: 1,344
2012: 1,227
2011: 1,181
2010: 1,163
2009: 1,114
2008: 1,026
2007: 983
2006: 1,093
2005: 1,119
2004: 1,065
2003: 1,060
2001: 1,050
2000: 1,043

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

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

2018: 14.3113
2017: 15.97
2016: 15.64
2015: 15.80
2014: 15.33
2013: 16.17
2012: 14.83
2011: 14.34
2010: 14.19
2009: 13.67
2008: 12.65
2007: 12.17
2006: 13.55
2005: 13.89
2004: 13.24
2003: 13.21
2001: 13.22
2000: 13.24

Female Suicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn the Netherlands, annual female suicides by any means total

2018: 65613
2017: 615
2016: 617
2015: 593
2014: 592
2013: 553
2012: 568
2011: 513
2010: 477
2009: 463
2008: 449
2007: 412
2006: 481
2005: 502
2004: 494
2003: 486
2001: 466
2000: 504

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

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

2018: 7.5713
2017: 7.12
2016: 7.18
2015: 6.93
2014: 6.94
2013: 6.51
2012: 6.72
2011: 6.09
2010: 5.69
2009: 5.55
2008: 5.41
2007: 4.98
2006: 5.83
2005: 6.09
2004: 6.01
2003: 5.93
2001: 5.75
2000: 6.26

Gun Suicides

ChartIn the Netherlands, annual firearm suicides total

2018: 4113
2017: 48
2016: 41
2015: 4723
2014: 33
2013: 4323 28
2012: 4223 28 29
2011: 4723 28
2010: 40
2009: 52
2008: 40
2007: 42
2006: 50
2005: 49
2004: 45
2003: 46
2002: 39
2001: 43
2000: 47
1999: 51
1998: 53
1997: 50
1996: 55

Rate of Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

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

2018: 0.2413
2017: 0.28
2016: 0.24
2015: 0.28
2014: 0.20
2013: 0.26
2012: 0.25
2011: 0.28
2010: 0.24
2009: 0.32
2008: 0.24
2007: 0.26
2006: 0.31
2005: 0.30
2004: 0.28
2003: 0.28
2002: 0.24
2001: 0.27
2000: 0.30
1999: 0.32
1998: 0.34
1997: 0.32
1996: 0.35
1994: 0.3130

Male Gun Suicide Victims

ChartIn the Netherlands, annual male firearm suicides total

2018: 3813
2017: 46
2016: 38
2015: 45
2014: 30
2013: 39
2012: 41
2011: 45
2010: 39
2009: 50
2008: 38
2007: 40
2006: 47
2005: 46
2004: 43
2003: 44
2001: 40
2000: 44

Rate of Male Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

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

2018: 0.4513
2017: 0.54
2016: 0.45
2015: 0.54
2014: 0.36
2013: 0.47
2012: 0.50
2011: 0.55
2010: 0.48
2009: 0.61
2008: 0.47
2007: 0.50
2006: 0.58
2005: 0.57
2004: 0.53
2003: 0.55
2001: 0.50
2000: 0.56

Female Gun Suicide Victims

ChartIn the Netherlands, annual female firearm suicides total

2018: 313
2017: 2
2016: 3
2015: 2
2014: 3
2013: 4
2012: 1
2011: 2
2010: 1
2009: 2
2008: 2
2007: 2
2006: 3
2005: 3
2004: 2
2003: 2
2001: 3
2000: 3

Rate of Female Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

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

2018: 0.0313
2017: 0.02
2016: 0.03
2015: 0.02
2014: 0.04
2013: 0.05
2012: 0.01
2011: 0.02
2010: 0.01
2009: 0.02
2008: 0.02
2007: 0.02
2006: 0.04
2005: 0.04
2004: 0.02
2003: 0.02
2001: 0.04
2000: 0.04

Handgun Suicides

ChartIn the Netherlands, annual handgun suicides total

2015: 523
2014: 3
2013: 423 28
2012: 5
2011: 8
2010: 1
2009: 7
2008: 6
2007: 3
2006: 9
2005: 19
2004: 11
2003: 8
2002: 11
2001: 6
2000: 12
1999: 6
1998: 9
1997: 15
1996: 8

Rate of Handgun Suicide per 100,000 People

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

2015: 0.035
2014: 0.02
2013: 0.025 28
2012: 0.03
2011: 0.05
2010: 0.01
2009: 0.04
2008: 0.04
2007: 0.02
2006: 0.06
2005: 0.12
2004: 0.07
2003: 0.05
2002: 0.07
2001: 0.04
2000: 0.08
1999: 0.04
1998: 0.06
1997: 0.10
1996: 0.05

Long Gun Suicides

ChartIn the Netherlands, the number of long gun suicides is

2015: 423
2014: 1
2013: 423 28
2012: 6
2011: 3
2010: 3
2009: 6
2008: 3
2007: 3
2006: 5
2005: 6
2004: 6
2003: 9
2002: 3
2001: 023
2000: 123 28
1999: 5
1998: 3
1997: 2
1996: 7

Rate of Long Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

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

2015: 0.025
2014: 0.01
2013: 0.025 28
2012: 0.04
2011: 0.02
2010: 0.02
2009: 0.04
2008: 0.02
2007: 0.02
2006: 0.03
2005: 0.04
2004: .004
2003: 0.06
2002: 0.02
2001: 0.005
2000: 0.015 28
1999: 0.03
1998: 0.02
1997: 0.01
1996: 0.05

Gun Suicides (Other)

ChartIn the Netherlands, annual gun suicides (other) total

2015: 3823
2014: 29
2013: 3523 28
2012: 31
2011: 36
2010: 36
2009: 39
2008: 31
2007: 36
2006: 36
2005: 24
2004: 28
2003: 29
2002: 25
2001: 37
2000: 34
1999: 40
1998: 41
1997: 33
1996: 40

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

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

2015: 0.225
2014: 0.17
2013: 0.215 28
2012: 0.19
2011: 0.22
2010: 0.22
2009: 0.24
2008: 0.19
2007: 0.22
2006: 0.22
2005: 0.15
2004: 0.17
2003: 0.18
2002: 0.15
2001: 0.23
2000: 0.21
1999: 0.25
1998: 0.26
1997: 0.21
1996: 0.26

Unintentional Gun Deaths

ChartIn the Netherlands, annual unintentional shooting deaths total

2018: 113
2017: 1
2016: 1
2015: 023
2014: 1
2013: 0
2012: 1 31 29
2011: 0
2010: 1
2009: 0
2008: 0
2007: 0
2006: 0
2005: 0
2004: 2
2003: 1
2002: 3
2001: 1
2000: 2
1999: 5
1998: 3
1997: 3
1996: 1

Rate of Unintentional Gun Death per 100,000 People

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

2018: 0.0113
2017: 0.01
2016: 0.01
2015:
2014: 0.01
2013:
2012: 0.01
2011:
2010: 0.01
2009:
2008:
2007:
2006:
2005:
2004: 0.01
2003: 0.01
2002: 0.02
2001: 0.01
2000: 0.01
1999: 0.03
1998: 0.02
1997: 0.02
1996: 0.01
1994: 0.0132

Unintentional Male Gun Deaths

ChartIn the Netherlands, annual unintentional male shooting deaths total

2018: 113
2016: 1
2015: 0
2014: 1
2013: 0
2012: 1
2011: 0
2010: 1
2004: 2
2003: 1
2001: 1
2000: 1

Rate of Unintentional Male Gun Death per 100,000 People

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

2018: 0.0113
2016: 0.01
2014: 0.01
2012: 0.01
2010: 0.01
2004: 0.02
2003: 0.01
2001: 0.01
2000: 0.01

Unintentional Female Gun Deaths

ChartIn the Netherlands, annual unintentional female shooting deaths total

2017: 113
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2000: 1

Rate of Unintentional Female Gun Death per 100,000 People

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

2017: 0.0113
2000: 0.01

Unintentional Handgun Deaths

ChartIn the Netherlands, annual unintentional shooting deaths by handgun total

2015: 023
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0
2007: 0
2006: 0
2005: 0
2004: 0
2003: 0
2002: 223 31
2001: 1
2000: 023
1999: 123 31
1998: 023
1997: 123 31
1996: 1

Rate of Unintentional Handgun Death per 100,000 People

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

2015: 0.005
2014: 0.00
2013: 0.00
2012: 0.00
2011: 0.00
2010: 0.00
2009: 0.00
2008: 0.00
2007: 0.00
2006: 0.00
2005: 0.00
2004: 0.00
2003: 0.00
2002: 0.015 31
2001: 0.01
2000: 0.005
1999: 0.015 31
1998: 0.005
1997: 0.015 31
1996: 0.01

Unintentional Long Gun Deaths

ChartIn the Netherlands, annual unintentional shooting deaths by long gun total

2015: 023
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 123 31
2011: 023
2010: 123 31
2009: 023
2008: 0
2007: 0
2006: 0
2005: 0
2004: 0
2003: 0
2002: 123 31
2001: 023
2000: 0
1999: 0
1998: 0
1997: 0
1996: 0

Rate of Unintentional Long Gun Death per 100,000 People

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

2015: 0.005
2014: 0.00
2013: 0.00
2012: 0.015 31
2011: 0.005
2010: 0.015 31
2009: 0.005
2008: 0.00
2007: 0.00
2006: 0.00
2005: 0.00
2004: 0.00
2003: 0.00
2002: 0.015 31
2001: 0.005
2000: 0.00
1999: 0.00
1998: 0.00
1997: 0.00
1996: 0.00

Unintentional Gun Deaths (Other)

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

2015: 023
2014: 1
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0
2007: 0
2006: 0
2005: 0
2004: 223 31
2003: 1
2002: 023
2001: 0
2000: 223 31
1999: 4
1998: 3
1997: 2
1996: 023

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

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

2015: 0.005
2014: 0.01
2013: 0.00
2012: 0.00
2011: 0.00
2010: 0.00
2009: 0.00
2008: 0.00
2007: 0.00
2006: 0.00
2005: 0.00
2004: 0.015 31
2003: 0.01
2002: 0.005
2001: 0.00
2000: 0.015 31
1999: 0.03
1998: 0.02
1997: 0.01
1996: 0.005

Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

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

2015: 023
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 223 33
2009: 023
2008: 123 33
2007: 1
2006: 1
2005: 1
2004: 023
2003: 123 33
2002: 023
2001: 123 33
2000: 023
1999: 023 26
1998: 123 33
1997: 2
1996: 1

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

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

2015: 0.005
2014: 0.00
2013: 0.00
2012: 0.00
2011: 0.00
2010: 0.0113
2009: 0.005
2008: 0.01
2007: 0.01
2006: 0.01
2005: 0.01
2004: 0.005
2003: 0.015 33
2002: 0.005
2001: 0.015 33
2000: 0.005
1999: 0.00
1998: 0.01
1997: 0.015 33
1996: 0.01
1994: 0.0334

Male Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

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

2015: 013
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 2

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

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

2010: 0.0213

Female Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

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

2015: 013
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2008: 1
2007: 1
2005: 1

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

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

2008: 0.0113
2007: 0.01
2005: 0.01

Handgun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

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

2015: 023
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 123 33
2009: 023
2008: 0
2007: 0
2006: 123 33
2005: 023
2004: 0
2003: 0
2002: 0
2001: 0
2000: 0
1999: 0
1998: 0
1997: 123 33
1996: 023

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

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

2015: 0.005
2014: 0.00
2013: 0.00
2012: 0.00
2011: 0.00
2010: 0.015 33
2009: 0.005
2008: 0.00
2007: 0.00
2006: 0.015 33
2005: 0.005
2004: 0.00
2003: 0.00
2002: 0.00
2001: 0.00
2000: 0.00
1999: 0.00
1998: 0.00
1997: 0.015 33
1996: 0.005

Long Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

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

2015: 023
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0
2007: 0
2006: 0
2005: 0
2004: 0
2003: 0
2002: 0
2001: 0
2000: 0
1999: 0
1998: 0
1997: 0
1996: 0

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

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

2015: 0.005
2014: 0.00
2013: 0.00
2012: 0.00
2011: 0.00
2010: 0.00
2009: 0.00
2008: 0.00
2007: 0.00
2006: 0.00
2005: 0.00
2004: 0.00
2003: 0.00
2002: 0.00
2001: 0.00
2000: 0.00
1999: 0.00
1998: 0.00
1997: 0.00
1996: 0.00

Gun Deaths (Other) from Undetermined Cause

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

2015: 023
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 123 33
2009: 023
2008: 123 33
2007: 1
2006: 023
2005: 123 33
2004: 023
2003: 123 33
2002: 023
2001: 123 33
2000: 023
1999: 0
1998: 123 33
1997: 1
1996: 1

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

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

2015: 0.005
2014: 0.00
2013: 0.00
2012: 0.00
2011: 0.00
2010: 0.015 33
2009: 0.005
2008: 0.015 33
2007: 0.01
2006: 0.005
2005: 0.015 33
2004: 0.005
2003: 0.015 33
2002: 0.005
2001: 0.015 33
2000: 0.005
1999: 0.00
1998: 0.015 33
1997: 0.01
1996: 0.01

Legal Intervention Gun Homicides

ChartIn the Netherlands, annual legal-intervention gun homicides total

2016: 313
2013: 1
2012: 5
2011: 4
2010: 1
2009: 2
2008: 1
2007: 2

ProductionGun Industry

Regulation of Firearm Makers

In the Netherlands, the manufacture of small arms, ammunition and/or their components is prohibited35 36 37

Small Arms Manufacture - World Ranking

In a classification of the world's small, medium and major firearm manufacturers, the Netherlands was ranked 'small'38

TransfersGun Trade and Trafficking

Firearm Exports

In the Netherlands, firearm and ammunition exports are limited by transfer control law39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48

Firearm Exports (Number)

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

2020: 9,24249
2019: 3,269
2018: 2,096
2017: 1,823
2016: 2,107
2015: 1,182
2014: 1,05350
2011: 692
2010: 472
2009: 1,176
2008: 1,865
2007: 787

Small Arms Exports (US$) - Customs

ChartThe annual value of small arms and ammunition exports from the Netherlands is reported by Customs to be US$

2021: 24,720,00051
2020: 3,894,000
2019: 6,305,000
2018: 3,783,000
2017: 3,619,000
2016: 2,670,000
2015: 3,196,000
2014: 8,866,000
2013: 3,280,000
2012: 4,861,000
2011: 1,873,000
2010: 1,752,000
2009: 1,661,000
2008: 1,725,000
2007: 1,974,000
2006: 781,000
2005: 341,000
2004: 1,161,000
2003: 370,000
2002: 4,000,000

Small Arms Exports - World Ranking

In a comparison of the world's major/mid-level/minor/unknown small arms exporters, the Netherlands was categorized as 'minor'52

Firearm Imports

In the Netherlands, firearm and ammunition imports are limited by transfer control law39 41 43 44 45 46 47

Firearm Imports (Number)

ChartThe annual number of firearms imported to the Netherlands is reported to be

2020: 22,17849
2019: 13,422
2018: 23,881
2017: 40,143
2016: 10,188
2015: 11,954
2014: 25,16750
2012: 1,300
2010: 6,469
2009: 6,633
2008: 1,561
2007: 2,450
2006: 2,953

Small Arms Imports (US$) - Customs

ChartThe annual value of small arms and ammunition imports to the Netherlands is reported by Customs to be US$

2021: 61,552,00053
2020: 70,222,000
2019: 68,657,000
2018: 52,280,000
2017: 74,198,000
2016: 72,026,000
2015: 55,635,000
2014: 58,703,000
2013: 52,727,000
2012: 44,856,000
2011: 55,119,000
2010: 49,238,000
2009: 3,432,000
2008: 5,232,000
2007: 5,626,000
2006: 2,879,000
2005: 2,538,000
2004: 3,087,000
2003: 2,704,000
2002: 3,801,000

Smuggling Guns and Ammunition

Reports suggest that the level of firearm and ammunition smuggling in the Netherlands is moderate54

Regulation of Arms Brokers

In the Netherlands, the activities of arms brokers and transfer intermediaries are specifically regulated by law55 56 57

End User Certificates

Customs regulations in the Netherlands include58 59 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, the Netherlands scored

2020: 20
2019: 19.5060
2018: 20.0061
2016: 19.2562
2014: 19.2563
2013: 19.2564
2012: 18.5065
2011: 17.0066
2010: 17.0067
2009: 16.5068
2008: 17.0069
2007: 16.5070
2006: 16.2571
2005: 17.7572
2004: 13.0073

MeasuresGun Regulation

Firearm Regulation - Guiding Policy

The regulation of guns in the Netherlands is categorised as restrictive74

Firearm Law

Guiding gun control legislation in the Netherlands includes the Wet Wapens en Munitie 1997 [Arms and Ammunition Act],75 Besluit Wapens en Munitie [Weapons and Ammunition Decree],{15247} Weapons and Ammunition Regulation [Regeling wapens en munitie], 76 {Algemene Douanewet 2008 [General Customs Law], Besluit Strategische Goederen 2008 [Decree on Strategic Goods],58 Directive (EU) 2021/555 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 24 March 2021 on control of the acquisition and possession of weapons ,77 78 the European Union Firearms Regulation of 2012 and the Common Position on the Control of Arms Brokering of 2003.79 The laws of the Netherlands' overseas territories are determined by their status.80 81

Firearm Regulation Authority

Guns in the Netherlands are regulated by the Ministry of Justice and the local Commissioner of Police,82 83 and the European Commission78

Right to Possess Firearms

In the Netherlands, the right to private gun ownership is not guaranteed by law84 85 86

Restricted Firearms and Ammunition

In the Netherlands, civilians are not allowed to possess automatic and 'Category II' firearms, incendiary and armour-piercing ammunition87 88 89 90 91

Regulation of Automatic Weapons

In the Netherlands, private possession of fully automatic weapons is prohibited88 87 92 90 91 22

Regulation of Semiautomatic Assault Weapons

In the Netherlands, private possession of semi-automatic assault weapons is prohibited88 87 92 93 94 91

Regulation of Handguns

In the Netherlands, private possession of handguns (pistols and revolvers) is permitted under licence88 90 93 94 91 22

Law Regulates Long Guns

In the Netherlands, civilian possession of rifles and shotguns is regulated by law22

Gun Ownership and Possession

In the Netherlands, only licensed gun owners95 96 97 90 93 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 the Netherlands are required to establish a genuine reason to possess a firearm, for example hunting, sports shooting, collection95 98 87 99

Minimum Age for Firearm Possession

The minimum age for gun ownership in the Netherlands is 18 years95 96 99

Gun Owner Background Checks

An applicant for a firearm licence in the Netherlands must pass a background check which considers criminal95 99 22 records

Reference Required for Firearm Licence

In the Netherlands, third party character references for each gun licence applicant are not required86

Domestic Violence and Firearms

Where a past history, or apprehended likelihood of family violence exists, the law in the Netherlands does not stipulate86 that a gun licence should be denied or revoked

Firearm Safety Training

In the Netherlands, an understanding of firearm safety and the law, tested in a theoretical and/or practical training course is not required86 96 for a firearm licence

Gun Owner Licensing Period

In the Netherlands, gun owners must re-apply and re-qualify for their firearm licence every one year100

Limit on Number of Guns

Licensed firearm owners in the Netherlands are permitted to possess any number of firearms86

Limit on Quantity, Type of Ammunition

Licensed firearm owners in the Netherlands are permitted to possess any quantity of ammunition86 47

Firearm Registration

Civilian Gun Registration

In the Netherlands, the law requires101 102 103 104 105 106 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 the Netherlands, licensed firearm dealers are required106 to keep a record of each firearm or ammunition purchase, sale or transfer on behalf of a regulating authority

State-Owned Firearm Records

In the Netherlands, State agencies are required104 107 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 the Netherlands, the private sale and transfer of firearms is prohibited36 108

Regulation of Dealer Gun Sales

In the Netherlands, dealing in firearms by way of business without a valid gun dealer’s licence is unlawful36 109 108 56 94

Waiting Period for Gun Possession

In the Netherlands, the minimum wait for a lawful firearm purchase to be completed is undetermined86

Regulation of Gun Shows

In the Netherlands, gun shows and temporary firearm dealing events are not regulated86 in law

Storage and Transport of Guns and Ammunition

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Private

Firearm regulations in the Netherlands do not include86 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 the Netherlands do not include86 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition by licensed arms dealers

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Government

Government regulations in the Netherlands include107 110 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition by state entities

Firearm and Ammunition Transport Regulations

Regulations in the Netherlands include111 112 113 41 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition while in transit

Carrying Guns

Carrying Guns Openly in Public

In the Netherlands, carrying a firearm in plain view in a public place is prohibited114 22 115 116

Carrying Hidden Handguns in Public

In the Netherlands, carrying a concealed firearm in a public place is prohibited114 22

Penalty for Illicit Firearm Possession

In the Netherlands, the maximum penalty for unlawful possession of a firearm117 is no more than nine months in prison or a fine118 119

MeasuresInternational Controls

Regional Agreements

European Union

As a member of the European Union, the Netherlands 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 Parliament120 121

European Union Export Reporting

Under the European Union Common Position on Arms Exports, the Netherlands 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 the Netherlands have submitted one or more national reports122 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 2006123 by the Netherlands.

Arms Trade Treaty

The Arms Trade Treaty has been signed and accepted124 125 by the Netherlands

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 acceded to126 by the Netherlands

United Nations Small Arms Programme of Action UNPoA

UNPoA Commitment

On 21 July 2001, the Netherlands 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 Aspects127

UNPoA Implementation Monitor Score

In its UN small arms Programme of Action Implementation Monitor (PoAIM Phase 1), the Small Arms Survey scored the Netherlands against its commitments to the PoA, then ranked it at No. 54128 129 130 131 among 159 Member States

UNPoA National Reporting

Under the terms of its 2001 commitment to the United Nations small arms Programme of Action, the Netherlands have submitted one or more national reports132 133 on its implementation of the UNPoA

UNPoA National Point of Contact

In the Netherlands, a National Point of Contact to deal with issues relating to the UNPoA has been designated133

UNPoA National Coordinating Body

In the Netherlands, a National Coordinating Body to deal with issues relating to the UNPoA has been designated134

UNPoA Civil Society Involvement and Support

In National Reports of the Netherlands submitted to the UN from 2001 to 2010, a history of substantive cooperation with civil society in support of UNPoA activities was apparent134 135 133

UNPoA International Assistance – Donor

Funds for UNPoA implementation have been donated133 by the Netherlands to other UN Member States

United Nations Small Arms Register

According to the United Nations Register of Conventional Arms, the Netherlands have declared136 its small arms exports in one or more annual National Reports on Arms Exports.

United Nations Membership

In the UN List of Member States, the Netherlands have been a Member State of the United Nations since 1945137

Wassenaar Arrangement

The Wassenaar Arrangement on Export Controls and Conventional Arms and Dual-Use Goods and Technologies lists138 the Netherlands as a Participating State

BackgroundSustainable Development Goal Profile

About SDG 16

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are 17 goals set by the United Nations to be implemented by all member states by 2030. Adopted in 2015, they outline a vision of development in which peace and security are an integral part. SDG 16,139 which seeks to “promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development,” includes targets and indicators focused on reducing violence (Target 16.1) and the proliferation of illicit arms (Target 16.4). The indicators – or measurement criteria – of these targets include the number of victims of intentional homicide (Indicator 16.1.1), the number of conflict-related deaths (Indicator 16.1.2), and the number of illicit firearms collected and traced (Indicator 16.4.2). In light of these targets and indicators, GunPolicy.org provides granular national data pertaining to homicides, gun homicides, conflict deaths, disarmament efforts, and marking and tracing.

Homicides (any method)

ChartIn the Netherlands, annual homicides by any means total

2020: 10714
2019: 109
2018: 100
2017: 132
2016: 94
2015: 104
2014: 123
2013: 125
2012: 145
2011: 143
2010: 144
2009: 154
2008: 150
2007: 143
2006: 159
2005: 197
2004: 223
2003: 247
2002: 224
2001: 264
2000: 223
1999: 23015 16 17 18
1998: 208
1997: 23715 16 17 18 19
1996: 240
1995: 29915 18 19

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

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

2020: 0.6214
2019: 0.64
2018: 0.59
2017: 0.78
2016: 0.55
2015: 0.61
2014: 0.73
2013: 0.74
2012: 0.86
2011: 0.85
2010: 0.86
2009: 0.93
2008: 0.91
2007: 0.87
2006: 0.97
2005: 1.21
2004: 1.37
2003: 1.52
2002: 1.39
2001: 1.65
2000: 1.40
1999: 1.455 18
1998: 1.32
1997: 1.525 18 19
1996: 1.54
1995: 1.918 19

Male Homicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn the Netherlands, annual male homicides by any means total

2020: 12614
2019: 134
2018: 128
2017: 178
2016: 126
2015: 124
2014: 93
2013: 69
2012: 95
2011: 93
2010: 90
2009: 104
2008: 103
2007: 96

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

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

2016: 0.7513
2015: 0.74
2014: 1.11
2013: 0.83
2012: 1.15
2011: 1.13
2010: 1.10
2009: 1.28
2008: 1.27
2007: 1.19

Female Homicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn the Netherlands, annual female homicides by any means total

2016: 3213
2015: 42
2014: 30
2013: 56
2012: 50
2011: 50
2010: 54
2009: 50
2008: 47
2007: 47

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

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

2016: 0.3713
2015: 0.49
2014: 0.35
2013: 0.66
2012: 0.59
2011: 0.59
2010: 0.64
2009: 0.60
2008: 0.57
2007: 0.57

Gun Homicides

ChartIn the Netherlands, annual firearm homicides total

2018: 3213
2017: 35
2016: 2713
2015: 3113
2014: 37
2013: 26
2012: 46
2011: 48
2010: 31
2009: 38
2008: 35
2007: 37
2006: 30
2005: 49
2004: 49
2003: 49
2002: 80
2001: 68
2000: 64
1999: 89
1998: 74
1997: 78
1996: 86

Rate of Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

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

2018: 0.1913
2017: 0.20
2016: 0.16
2015: 0.18
2014: 0.22
2013: 0.15
2012: 0.27
2011: 0.29
2010: 0.19
2009: 0.23
2008: 0.21
2007: 0.23
2006: 0.18
2005: 0.30
2004: 0.30
2003: 0.30
2002: 0.50
2001: 0.42
2000: 0.40
1999: 0.56
1998: 0.47
1997: 0.50
1996: 0.55
1994: 0.3620

Proportion of Homicides Committed With a Gun

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

2011: 34%21 22
2010: 23%
2009: 27%
2008: 25%
2007: 28%
2006: 24%
2005: 31%
2004: 29.9%18

Male Gun Homicide Victims

ChartIn the Netherlands, annual male firearm homicides total

2018: 2613
2017: 32
2016: 2413
2015: 26
2014: 36
2013: 21
2012: 39
2011: 35
2010: 25
2009: 33
2008: 29
2007: 31
2006: 25
2005: 44
2004: 40
2003: 38
2001: 58
2000: 58

Rate of Male Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

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

2018: 0.3113
2017: 0.38
2016: 0.29
2015: 0.31
2014: 0.43
2013: 0.25
2012: 0.47
2011: 0.42
2010: 0.31
2009: 0.40
2008: 0.36
2007: 0.38
2006: 0.31
2005: 0.55
2004: 0.50
2003: 0.47
2001: 0.73
2000: 0.74

Female Gun Homicide Victims

ChartIn the Netherlands, annual female firearm homicides total

2018: 613
2017: 3
2016: 313
2015: 5
2014: 1
2013: 5
2012: 7
2011: 13
2010: 6
2009: 5
2008: 6
2007: 6
2006: 5
2005: 5
2004: 9
2003: 11
2001: 10
2000: 6

Rate of Female Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

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

2018: 0.0713
2017: 0.03
2016: 0.03
2015: 0.06
2014: 0.01
2013: 0.06
2012: 0.08
2011: 0.15
2010: 0.07
2009: 0.06
2008: 0.07
2007: 0.07
2006: 0.06
2005: 0.06
2004: 0.11
2003: 0.13
2001: 0.12
2000: 0.07

Conflict Deaths

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

Disarmament

Surrendered in Gun Amnesty

ChartIn the Netherlands, the number of firearms voluntarily surrendered in recent arms amnesty and collection programmes is reported to be

2019: 60140
2000: 2,124

Firearms Surrendered and Seized

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

2020: 6,347141
2019: 3,6442 142
2018: 3,490142
2017: 5,463
2016: 5,399
2013/16: 24,000143
2010: 1,405
2009: 1,140
2008: 1,572
2007: 1,418
2006: 1,376
2005: 1,815
2004: 1,694

Small Arms Destroyed

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

1994/96: 143,632144
1991/2007: 143,632145

Destruction and Disposal Policy

In the Netherlands, it is not state policy107 146 to destroy surplus, collected and seized firearms rather than return them to the secondary arms market

Marking and Tracing

Firearm Marking

In the Netherlands, a unique identifying mark on each firearm is required by law147 148 149 150 151

Firearm Tracing

In the Netherlands, state authorities carry out152 150 106 153 recognised arms tracing and tracking procedures

Ballistic Record of Firearms and Ammunition

In the Netherlands, the ballistic characteristics of each civilian firearm and its ammunition are not originally86 recorded in a register

Global Peace Index

To see where the Netherlands ranks, select the Link icon to open an external web page at the Global Peace Index, and then click on the Netherlands on the map or in the "Select Country" menu on the right of the web page


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