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Northern Ireland — Gun Facts, Figures and the Law

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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 Northern Ireland is

2017: 206,0001
2007: 380,0002

Rate of Civilian Firearm Possession per 100 Population

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

2017: 11.01
2007: 21.92

Number of Privately Owned Rifles

In Northern Ireland, the number of rifles in civilian possession is reported to be

2013: 18,2503

Number of Privately Owned Shotguns

In Northern Ireland, the number of shotguns in civilian possession is reported to be

2013: 80,2583

Number of Privately Owned Handguns

In Northern Ireland, the number of handguns in civilian possession is reported to be

2013: 13,9353

Number of Privately Owned Firearms - World Ranking

In a 2007 comparison of the number of privately owned guns in 178 countries, Northern Ireland ranked at No. 944

Rate of Privately Owned Firearms per 100 Population - World Ranking

In a 2007 comparison of the rate of private gun ownership in 178 countries, Northern Ireland ranked at No. 252

Proportion of Households with Firearms

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

2005: 12.7%5
1989: 9.4%

Proportion of Households with Handguns

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

2005: 2.1%5
1989: 1.5%

Number of Licensed Firearm Owners

ChartThe number of licensed gun owners in Northern Ireland is reported to be

2020: 55,9176
2015: 59,4377
2012: 59,5858
2010: 61,5659 10

Rate of Licensed Firearm Owners per 100 Population

ChartThe rate of licensed firearm owners per 100 people in Northern Ireland is

2015: 3.2111
2012: 3.27
2010: 3.41

Number of Registered Firearms

ChartThe number of registered guns in Northern Ireland is reported to be

2017: 153,0001
2012: 153,4598 2010

Rate of Registered Firearms per 100 Population

ChartThe rate of registered guns per 100 people in Northern Ireland is

2017: 8.1811
2012: 8.42
2010: 7.83

Estimated Number of Unregistered and Illicit Firearms

Unregistered and unlawfully held guns cannot be counted,12 but in Northern Ireland there are estimated to be

2017: 53,0001

Estimated Rate of Unregistered and Illicit Firearms per 100 Population

Unregistered and unlawfully held guns cannot be counted,12 but in Northern Ireland the rate of such firearms per 100 people is estimated to be

2017: 2.8311

Government Guns

Routine Arming of Police

In Northern Ireland, police officers on routine patrol carry one or more firearms13 14 15

Number of Law Enforcement Firearms

Police in Northern Ireland are reported to have 14,40416 firearms

ImpactsDeath and Injury

Total Number of Gun Deaths

ChartIn Northern Ireland, annual deaths resulting from firearms total

2016: 1217
2015: 12
2014: 11
2013: 11
2012: 14
2011: 9
2010: 1518 19
2009: 1320
2008: 3021
2007: 18
2006: 2022
2005: 22
2004: 22
2003: 1923
2002: 1824
2001: 1025
2000: 5226
1999: 2827
1998: 2928
1997: 3329
1996: 5230
1995: 11831

Rate of All Gun Deaths per 100,000 People

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

2016: 0.6417
2015: 0.65
2014: 0.60
2013: 0.60
2012: 0.77
2011: 0.50
2010: 0.83
2009: 0.72
2008: 1.69
2007: 1.02
2006: 1.15
2005: 1.27
2004: 1.28
2003: 1.11
2002: 1.06
2001: 0.59
2000: 3.08
1999: 1.66
1998: 1.73
1997: 1.97
1996: 3.11
1995: 7.10

Total Number of Male Gun Deaths

ChartIn Northern Ireland, annual male deaths resulting from firearms total

2016: 1117
2015: 12
2014: 10
2013: 11
2012: 13
2011: 9
2010: 15
2009: 13
2008: 27
2007: 17
2006: 19
2005: 20
2004: 20
2003: 19
2001: 10

Rate of Male Gun Death per 100,000 People

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

2016: 1117
2015: 12
2014: 10
2013: 11
2012: 13
2011: 9
2010: 15
2009: 13
2008: 27
2007: 17
2006: 19
2005: 20
2004: 20
2003: 19
2001: 10

Total Number of Female Gun Deaths

ChartIn Northern Ireland, annual female deaths resulting from firearms total

2016: 117
2014: 1
2013: 0
2012: 1
2011: 0
2010: 0
2008: 3
2007: 1
2006: 1
2005: 2
2004: 2

Rate of Female Gun Death per 100,000 People

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

2016: 0.1117
2014: 0.11
2012: 0.11
2008: 0.33
2007: 0.11
2006: 0.11
2005: 0.23
2004: 0.23

Homicides (any method)

ChartIn Northern Ireland, annual homicides by any means total

2019: 3132
2018: 27
2017: 28
2016: 25
2015: 19
2014: 16
2013: 14
2012: 9
2011: 20
2010: 16
2009: 17
2008: 3717
2007: 24
2006: 24
2005: 26
2004: 26
2003: 26
2002: 52
2001: 16
2000: 3433 34 35
1999: 75
1997: 4934 35
1996: 39
1995: 24
2/06: 29

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

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

2019: 1.64
2018: 1.43
2017: 1.50
2016: 1.34
2015: 1.03
2014: 0.87
2013: 0.77
2012: 0.49
2011: 1.10
2010: 0.89
2009: 0.95
2008: 2.0817
2007: 1.36
2006: 1.38
2005: 1.50
2004: 1.52
2003: 1.52
2002: 2.65
2001: 0.95
2000:
1999: 2.02
1998: 4.47
1997: 2.92
1996: 2.33
1995: 1.44
1994: 6.0936

Male Homicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn Northern Ireland, annual male homicides by any means total

2019: 2132
2018: 23
2017: 23
2016: 18
2015: 14
2014: 14
2013: 13
2012: 8
2011: 16
2010: 14
2009: 13
2008: 3417
2007: 21
2006: 18
2005: 20
2004: 24
2003: 20
2001: 11

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

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

2019: 2.2532
2018: 2.48
2017: 2.50
2016: 1.97
2015: 1.54
2014: 1.55
2013: 1.45
2012: 0.89
2011: 1.80
2010: 1.58
2009: 1.48
2008: 3.9017
2007: 2.44
2006: 2.11
2005: 2.37
2004: 2.86
2003: 2.40
2001: 1.33
2000:

Female Homicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn Northern Ireland, annual female homicides by any means total

2019: 1032
2018: 4
2017: 5
2016: 7
2015: 5
2014: 2
2013: 1
2012: 1
2011: 4
2010: 2
2009: 4
2008: 317
2007: 3
2006: 6
2005: 6
2004: 2
2003: 6
2001: 5

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

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

2019: 1.0432
2018: 0.42
2017: 0.53
2016: 0.74
2015: 0.53
2014: 0.21
2013: 0.11
2012: 0.11
2011: 0.43
2010: 0.22
2009: 0.44
2008: 0.3317
2007: 0.33
2006: 0.67
2005: 0.68
2004: 0.23
2003: 0.69
2001: 0.58
2000:

Gun Homicides

ChartIn Northern Ireland, annual firearm homicides total

2016: 637
2015: 5
2014: 2
2013: 5
2012: 5
2011: 5
2010: 3
2009: 520 35
2008: 1221 35
2007: 838 35
2006: 822 35
2005: 1139 35
2004: 1240 35
2003: 923 35
2002: 324 41
2001: 225
2000: 3826
1999: 1527
1998: 1528
1997: 1229
1996: 3330
1995: 9431

Rate of Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

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

2016: 0.3037
2015: 0.30
2014: 0.10
2013: 0.30
2012: 0.33
2011: 0.30
2010: 0.20
2009: 0.2820 35
2008: 0.6721 35
2007: 0.4538 35
2006: 0.4622 35
2005: 0.6439 35
2004: 0.7040 35
2003: 0.5323 35
2002: 0.1824 41
2001: 0.1225
2000: 2.2526
1999: 0.8927
1998: 0.8928
1997: 0.7229
1996: 1.9730
1995: 5.6631
1994: 5.2442

Proportion of Homicides Committed With a Gun

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

2011: 22%43
2010: 13%
2009: 17%
2008: 4%
2007: 14%
2006: 0%
2005: 23%
2004: 14.6%35
2003: 36.4%

Male Gun Homicide Victims

ChartIn Northern Ireland, annual male firearm homicides total

2015: 537
2014: 2
2013: 217
2012: 4
2011: 5
2010: 3

Rate of Male Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

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

2015: 0.5037
2014: 0.20
2012: 0.50
2011: 0.50
2010: 0.30

Female Gun Homicide Victims

ChartIn Northern Ireland, annual female firearm homicides total

2015: 037
2014: 0
2013: 017
2012: 1
2011: 0
2010: 0

Rate of Female Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

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

2015: 037
2014: 0.10
2012: 0.10
2011: 0
2010: 0

Gun Homicides (Other)

ChartIn Northern Ireland, annual gun homicides (other) total

2011: 444
2010: 218
2009: 320
2008: 821
2007: 538
2006: 522
2005: 639
2004: 740
2003: 623
2002: 324

Suicides (any method)

ChartIn Northern Ireland, annual suicides by any means total

2019: 22032
2018: 241
2017: 220
2016: 204
2015: 243
2014: 191
2013: 204
2012: 149
2011: 174
2010: 184
2009: 192
2008: 25217
2007: 215
2006: 249
2005: 186
2004: 128
2003: 132
2002: 183
2001: 141
2000: 185
1999: 154
1998: 150
1997: 138
1996: 143
1995: 146

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

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

2019: 11.6232
2018: 12.81
2017: 11.76
2016: 10.96
2015: 13.12
2014: 10.38
2013: 11.15
2012: 8.17
2011: 9.59
2010: 10.19
2009: 10.71
2008: 14.1617
2007: 12.20
2006: 14.28
2005: 10.77
2004: 7.47
2003: 7.74
2002: 10.78
2001: 8.31
2000: 10.95
1999: 9.15
1998: 8.93
1997: 8.23
1996: 8.56
1995: 8.79
1994: 8.4145

Male Suicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn Northern Ireland, annual male suicides by any means total

2019: 18332
2018: 186
2017: 173
2016: 165
2015: 186
2014: 159
2013: 162
2012: 117
2011: 133
2010: 145
2009: 149
2008: 19617
2007: 158
2006: 197
2005: 150
2004: 96
2003: 104
2001: 119
Grand Total: 1,758

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

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

2019: 19.6232
2018: 20.08
2017: 18.80
2016: 18.03
2015: 20.46
2014: 17.61
2013: 18.06
2012: 13.08
2011: 14.96
2010: 16.39
2009: 16.96
2008: 22.7317
2007: 18.52
2006: 23.31
2005: 17.89
2004: 11.52
2003: 12.55
2001: 14.44

Female Suicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn Northern Ireland, annual female suicides by any means total

2019: 3732
2018: 55
2017: 47
2016: 39
2015: 57
2014: 32
2013: 42
2012: 32
2011: 41
2010: 39
2009: 43
2008: 5617
2007: 57
2006: 52
2005: 36
2004: 32
2003: 28
2001: 22
:

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

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

2019: 3.8532
2018: 5.76
2017: 4.94
2016: 4.12
2015: 6.05
2014: 3.41
2013: 4.50
2012: 3.44
2011: 4.43
2010: 4.24
2009: 4.70
2008: 6.2317
2007: 6.40
2006: 5.89
2005: 4.11
2004: 3.67
2003: 3.22
2001: 2.54

Gun Suicides

ChartIn Northern Ireland, annual firearm suicides total

2016: 1117
2015: 8
2014: 8
2013: 817
2012: 4
2011: 444
2010: 1318 19
2009: 720
2008: 1821
2007: 1038
2006: 1122
2005: 1239
2004: 1240
2003: 823
2002: 1524
2001: 725
2000: 1326
1999: 1127
1998: 1228
1997: 2129
1996: 1530
1995: 1631
1990: 2346
1985: 19
1980: 10

Rate of Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

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

2016: 0.5917
2015: 0.43
2014: 0.43
2013: 0.44
2012: 0.22
2011: 0.22
2010: 0.72
2009: 0.39
2008: 1.01
2007: 0.57
2006: 0.63
2005: 0.69
2004: 0.70
2003: 0.47
2002: 0.8824
2001: 0.41
2000:
1999: 0.6527
1998: 0.7128
1997: 1.2529
1996: 0.9030
1995: 0.9631
1994: 1.3447
1990: 1.4311
1985: 1.21
1980: 0.65

Male Gun Suicide Victims

ChartIn Northern Ireland, annual male firearm suicides total

2016: 1017
2015: 8
2014: 8
2013: 8
2012: 4
2011: 4
2010: 13
2009: 7
2008: 16
2007: 9
2006: 11
2005: 11
2004: 11
2003: 8
2001: 7

Rate of Male Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

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

2016: 1.0917
2015: 0.88
2014: 0.89
2013: 0.89
2012: 0.45
2011: 0.45
2010: 1.47
2009: 0.80
2008: 1.84
2007: 1.04
2006: 1.29
2005: 1.30
2004: 1.31
2003: 0.96
2001: 0.85
2000:

Female Gun Suicide Victims

ChartIn Northern Ireland, annual female firearm suicides total

2016: 117
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2008: 2
2007: 1
2005: 1
2004: 1

Rate of Female Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

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

2016: 0.11 17
2015:
2014:
2013:
2012:
2011:
2010:
2009:
2008: 0.22
2007: 0.11
2006:
2005: 0.11
2004: 0.11
2003:
2001:
2000:

Handgun Suicides

ChartIn Northern Ireland, annual handgun suicides total

2011: 144
2008: 121
2006: 122
2005: 139
2003: 123
2002: 224

Long Gun Suicides

ChartIn Northern Ireland, the number of long gun suicides is

2011: 144
2010: 918
2009: 520
2008: 1121
2007: 538
2006: 622
2005: 839
2004: 540
2003: 423
2002: 624
2001: 425

Unintentional Gun Deaths

ChartIn Northern Ireland, annual unintentional shooting deaths total

2013: 117
2012: 1
2011: 0
2010: 0
2006: 122
2003: 123
2001: 125
2000: 126
1999: 048
1996: 230
1995: 431

Rate of Unintentional Gun Death per 100,000 People

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

2013: 017
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2006: 0.0622
2003: 0.0623
2001: 0.0625
2000: 0.0626
1999: 0.0048
1996: 0.1230
1995: 0.2431
1994: 0.1249

Unintentional Male Gun Deaths

ChartIn Northern Ireland, annual unintentional male shooting deaths total

2013: 117
2012: 1
2011: 0
2010: 0

Unintentional Female Gun Deaths

ChartIn Northern Ireland, annual unintentional female shooting deaths total

2013: 017
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0

Unintentional Long Gun Deaths

ChartIn Northern Ireland, annual unintentional shooting deaths by long gun total

2006: 122
2003: 123

Rate of Unintentional Long Gun Death per 100,000 People

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

2006: 0.0622
2003: 0.0623

Unintentional Gun Deaths (Other)

In Northern Ireland, annual unintentional shooting deaths by firearm (other) total

2001: 125

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

In Northern Ireland, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death by firearm (other) per 100,000 population is

2001: 0.0625

Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

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

2016: 117
2013: 017
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2003: 123
1999: 227 48
1998: 228
1996: 230
1995: 431

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

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

2003: 0.0623
1999: 0.1227 48
1998: 0.1228
1996: 0.1230
1995: 0.2431
1994: 0.1250

Male Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

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

2013: 017
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0

Female Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

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

2013: 017
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0

Gun Deaths (Other) from Undetermined Cause

In Northern Ireland, annual deaths by firearm (other) in which the cause remains undecided total

2003: 123

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

In Northern Ireland, the annual rate of unknown-cause gun deaths (other) per 100,000 population is

2003: 0.0623

Legal Intervention Gun Homicides

ChartIn Northern Ireland, annual legal-intervention gun homicides total

2011: 144
2009: 120
2007: 138

ProductionGun Industry

Regulation of Firearm Makers

In Northern Ireland, the manufacture of small arms, ammunition and/or their components is permitted only if the maker holds a valid licence51 52

TransfersGun Trade and Trafficking

Firearm Exports

In Northern Ireland, firearm and ammunition exports are limited by transfer control law53 54

Firearm Imports

In Northern Ireland, firearm and ammunition imports are limited by transfer control law55

MeasuresGun Regulation

Firearm Regulation - Guiding Policy

The regulation of guns in Northern Ireland is categorised as restrictive56

Firearm Law

Guiding gun control legislation in Northern Ireland includes the Firearms (Northern Ireland) Order 200457

Firearm Regulation Authority

Guns in Northern Ireland are regulated by the Chief Constable58

Right to Possess Firearms

In Northern Ireland, the right to private gun ownership is not guaranteed by law59 60 61

Restricted Firearms and Ammunition

In Northern Ireland, civilians are not allowed to possess automatic firearms or semi-automatic firearms other than semi-automatic rifles chambered for .22 rimfire cartridges62 63 64

Regulation of Automatic Weapons

In Northern Ireland, private possession of fully automatic weapons is prohibited62 63 64

Regulation of Semiautomatic Assault Weapons

In Northern Ireland, private possession of semi-automatic assault weapons is permitted under licence only when chambered for .22 rimfire cartridges62 63 64

Regulation of Handguns

In Northern Ireland, private possession of handguns (pistols and revolvers) is permitted under licence62 63 64

Gun Ownership and Possession

In Northern Ireland, only licensed gun owners65 58 61 66 67 may lawfully acquire, possess or transfer a firearm or ammunition

Genuine Reason Required for Firearm Possession

Applicants for a gun owner’s licence in Northern Ireland are required to establish a genuine reason to possess a firearm61 68

Minimum Age for Firearm Possession

The minimum age for gun ownership in Northern Ireland is 18 years61 69

Gun Owner Background Checks

An applicant for a firearm licence in Northern Ireland must pass a background check which considers various58 61 70 records

Reference Required for Firearm Licence

In Northern Ireland, third party character references for each gun licence applicant are required58

Domestic Violence and Firearms

Where a past history, or apprehended likelihood of family violence exists, the law in Northern Ireland stipulates71 that a gun licence should be denied or revoked

Gun Owner Licensing Period

In Northern Ireland, gun owners must re-apply and re-qualify for their firearm licence every five years72 66 67

Limit on Number of Guns

Licensed firearm owners in Northern Ireland are permitted to possess any number of firearms72

Limit on Quantity, Type of Ammunition

Licensed firearm owners in Northern Ireland are permitted to possess the quantity of ammunition described in the firearm certificate72

Firearm Registration

Civilian Gun Registration

In Northern Ireland, the law requires73 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 Northern Ireland, licensed firearm dealers are required74 to keep a record of each firearm or ammunition purchase, sale or transfer on behalf of a regulating authority

Gun Manufacturer Record Keeping

In Northern Ireland, licensed gun makers are required74 to keep a record of each firearm produced, for inspection by a regulating authority

Gun Sales and Transfers

Regulation of Private Gun Sales

In Northern Ireland, the private sale and transfer of firearms is prohibited without a permit75 73

Regulation of Dealer Gun Sales

In Northern Ireland, dealing in firearms by way of business without a valid gun dealer’s licence is unlawful51 52 73

Number of Licensed Gun Dealers

The number of licensed firearm dealers in Northern Ireland is reported to be

2011: 11276

Storage and Transport of Guns and Ammunition

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Private

Firearm regulations in Northern Ireland include77 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 Northern Ireland include78 79 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition by licensed arms dealers

Firearm and Ammunition Transport Regulations

Regulations in Northern Ireland include80 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition while in transit

Carrying Guns

Carrying Guns Openly in Public

In Northern Ireland, carrying a firearm in plain view in a public place is allowed, subject to a valid permit81

Penalty for Illicit Firearm Possession

In Northern Ireland, the maximum penalty for unlawful possession of a firearm82 is 10 years in prison and/or a fine83

MeasuresInternational Controls

Regional Agreements

United Nations Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice

The UNCCPCJ, a subsidiary body of the Economic and Social Council mandated to promote action to prevent national and transnational crime, lists84 Northern Ireland as an elected member

Arms Trade Treaty

The Arms Trade Treaty has been signed and ratified85 by Northern Ireland

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, but not yet ratified86 by Northern Ireland

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 16,87 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 Northern Ireland, annual homicides by any means total

2019: 3132
2018: 27
2017: 28
2016: 25
2015: 19
2014: 16
2013: 14
2012: 9
2011: 20
2010: 16
2009: 17
2008: 3717
2007: 24
2006: 24
2005: 26
2004: 26
2003: 26
2002: 52
2001: 16
2000: 3433 34 35
1999: 75
1997: 4934 35
1996: 39
1995: 24
2/06: 29

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

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

2019: 1.64
2018: 1.43
2017: 1.50
2016: 1.34
2015: 1.03
2014: 0.87
2013: 0.77
2012: 0.49
2011: 1.10
2010: 0.89
2009: 0.95
2008: 2.0817
2007: 1.36
2006: 1.38
2005: 1.50
2004: 1.52
2003: 1.52
2002: 2.65
2001: 0.95
2000:
1999: 2.02
1998: 4.47
1997: 2.92
1996: 2.33
1995: 1.44
1994: 6.0936

Male Homicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn Northern Ireland, annual male homicides by any means total

2019: 2132
2018: 23
2017: 23
2016: 18
2015: 14
2014: 14
2013: 13
2012: 8
2011: 16
2010: 14
2009: 13
2008: 3417
2007: 21
2006: 18
2005: 20
2004: 24
2003: 20
2001: 11

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

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

2019: 2.2532
2018: 2.48
2017: 2.50
2016: 1.97
2015: 1.54
2014: 1.55
2013: 1.45
2012: 0.89
2011: 1.80
2010: 1.58
2009: 1.48
2008: 3.9017
2007: 2.44
2006: 2.11
2005: 2.37
2004: 2.86
2003: 2.40
2001: 1.33
2000:

Female Homicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn Northern Ireland, annual female homicides by any means total

2019: 1032
2018: 4
2017: 5
2016: 7
2015: 5
2014: 2
2013: 1
2012: 1
2011: 4
2010: 2
2009: 4
2008: 317
2007: 3
2006: 6
2005: 6
2004: 2
2003: 6
2001: 5

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

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

2019: 1.0432
2018: 0.42
2017: 0.53
2016: 0.74
2015: 0.53
2014: 0.21
2013: 0.11
2012: 0.11
2011: 0.43
2010: 0.22
2009: 0.44
2008: 0.3317
2007: 0.33
2006: 0.67
2005: 0.68
2004: 0.23
2003: 0.69
2001: 0.58
2000:

Gun Homicides

ChartIn Northern Ireland, annual firearm homicides total

2016: 637
2015: 5
2014: 2
2013: 5
2012: 5
2011: 5
2010: 3
2009: 520 35
2008: 1221 35
2007: 838 35
2006: 822 35
2005: 1139 35
2004: 1240 35
2003: 923 35
2002: 324 41
2001: 225
2000: 3826
1999: 1527
1998: 1528
1997: 1229
1996: 3330
1995: 9431

Rate of Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

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

2016: 0.3037
2015: 0.30
2014: 0.10
2013: 0.30
2012: 0.33
2011: 0.30
2010: 0.20
2009: 0.2820 35
2008: 0.6721 35
2007: 0.4538 35
2006: 0.4622 35
2005: 0.6439 35
2004: 0.7040 35
2003: 0.5323 35
2002: 0.1824 41
2001: 0.1225
2000: 2.2526
1999: 0.8927
1998: 0.8928
1997: 0.7229
1996: 1.9730
1995: 5.6631
1994: 5.2442

Proportion of Homicides Committed With a Gun

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

2011: 22%43
2010: 13%
2009: 17%
2008: 4%
2007: 14%
2006: 0%
2005: 23%
2004: 14.6%35
2003: 36.4%

Male Gun Homicide Victims

ChartIn Northern Ireland, annual male firearm homicides total

2015: 537
2014: 2
2013: 217
2012: 4
2011: 5
2010: 3

Rate of Male Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

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

2015: 0.5037
2014: 0.20
2012: 0.50
2011: 0.50
2010: 0.30

Female Gun Homicide Victims

ChartIn Northern Ireland, annual female firearm homicides total

2015: 037
2014: 0
2013: 017
2012: 1
2011: 0
2010: 0

Rate of Female Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

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

2015: 037
2014: 0.10
2012: 0.10
2011: 0
2010: 0

Disarmament

Authorities in Northern Ireland are known to have88 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 Northern Ireland, the number of firearms voluntarily surrendered in recent arms amnesty and collection programmes is reported to be 2,44589 (2005)90

Destruction and Disposal Policy

In Northern Ireland, it is state policy91 to destroy surplus, collected and seized firearms rather than return them to the secondary arms market

Marking and Tracing

Firearm Marking

In Northern Ireland, a unique identifying mark on each firearm is required by law73

Firearm Tracing

In Northern Ireland, state authorities carry out92 recognised arms tracing and tracking procedures

Ballistic Record of Firearms and Ammunition

In Northern Ireland, the ballistic characteristics of each civilian firearm and its ammunition are not93 94 recorded in a register

Global Peace Index

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


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