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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 Palestine is

2017: 56,0001
2007: 125,0002

Rate of Civilian Firearm Possession per 100 Population

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

2017: 1.101
2007: 3.42

Number of Privately Owned Firearms - World Ranking

In a 2007 comparison of the number of privately owned guns in 178 countries, Palestine ranked at No. 1303

Rate of Privately Owned Firearms per 100 Population - World Ranking

In a 2007 comparison of the rate of private gun ownership in 178 countries, Palestine ranked at No. 1182

Government Guns

Number of Military Firearms

The defence forces of Palestine are reported to have 44,4104 firearms

Number of Law Enforcement Firearms

Police in Palestine are reported to have 33,0005 firearms

ImpactsDeath and Injury

Total Number of Gun Deaths

ChartIn Palestine, annual deaths resulting from firearms total

2016: 866
2015: 118
2014: 506
2013: 46
2012: 36
2011: 20
2010: 21
2009: 41
2008: 84

Rate of All Gun Deaths per 100,000 People

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

2016: 3.196
2015: 4.46
2014: 1.92
2013: 1.80
2012: 1.44
2011: 0.82
2010: 0.87
2009: 1.74
2008: 3.64

Total Number of Male Gun Deaths

ChartIn Palestine, annual male deaths resulting from firearms total

2016: 776
2015: 109
2014: 486
2013: 44
2012: 33
2011: 19
2010: 21
2009: 38
2008: 81

Total Number of Female Gun Deaths

ChartIn Palestine, annual female deaths resulting from firearms total

2016: 96
2015: 9
2014: 26
2013: 2
2012: 3
2011: 1
2010: 0
2009: 3
2008: 3

Homicides (any method)

ChartIn Palestine, annual homicides by any means total

2016: 916
2015: 138
2014: 67
2013: 55
2012: 49
2011: 32
2010: 32
2009: 52
2008: 91
2005: 1457
2004: 1458
2003: 94
1999: 549
1998: 45
1997: 457
1996: 120
1995: 31

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

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

2016: 3.376
2015: 5.21
2014: 2.58
2013: 2.16
2012: 1.96
2011: 1.30
2010: 1.33
2009: 2.21
2008: 3.94
2005: 4.17 10
2004: 7.6910 7
2003: 6.52
2002: 8.5510
2001: 7.86
2000: 8.68
1999: 7.8810 7
1998: 7.06
1997: 4.45
1996: 4.76
1995: 1.27

Male Homicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn Palestine, annual male homicides by any means total

2016: 826
2015: 128
2014: 626
2013: 51
2012: 43
2011: 31
2010: 32
2009: 48
2008: 88

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

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

2012: 1.0111
2011: 0.98
2010: 1.09

Female Homicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn Palestine, annual female homicides by any means total

2016: 96
2015: 10
2014: 56
2013: 4
2012: 6
2011: 1
2010: 10
2009: 4
2008: 3

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

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

2012: 0.1911
2011: 0.15
2010: 0.48

Gun Homicides

ChartIn Palestine, annual firearm homicides total

2016: 866
2015: 118
2014: 506
2013: 46
2012: 36
2011: 20
2010: 21
2009: 41
2008: 84
2005: 10512
2004: 978

Rate of Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

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

2016: 3.196
2015: 4.46
2014: 1.92
2013: 1.80
2012: 1.44
2011: 0.82
2010: 0.87
2009: 1.74
2008: 3.64
2005: 2.7912
2004: 2.888

Proportion of Homicides Committed With a Gun

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

2011: 78%13
2005: 72%
2004: 66.9%7

Male Gun Homicide Victims

ChartIn Palestine, annual male firearm homicides total

2016: 776
2015: 109
2014: 48
2013: 44
2012: 33
2011: 19
2010: 21
2009: 38
2008: 81

Female Gun Homicide Victims

ChartIn Palestine, annual female firearm homicides total

2016: 96
2015: 9
2014: 2
2013: 2
2012: 3
2011: 1
2010: 0
2009: 3
2008: 3

Suicides (any method)

ChartIn Palestine, annual suicides by any means total

2016: 96
2015: 12
2014: 126
2013: 6
2012: 4
2011: 6
2010: 2
2009: 2
2008: 5

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

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

2016: 0.336
2015: 0.45
2014: 0.46
2013: 0.24
2012: 0.16
2011: 0.24
2010: 0.08
2009: 0.08
2008: 0.22

Male Suicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn Palestine, annual male suicides by any means total

2016: 66
2015: 9
2014: 96
2013: 5
2012: 3
2011: 4
2010: 2
2009: 2
2008: 4

Female Suicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn Palestine, annual female suicides by any means total

2016: 36
2015: 3
2014: 36
2013: 1
2012: 1
2011: 2
2010: 0
2008: 1

Gun Suicides

ChartIn Palestine, annual firearm suicides total

2014: 06
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0

Rate of Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

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

2014: 06
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0

Male Gun Suicide Victims

ChartIn Palestine, annual male firearm suicides total

2014: 06
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0

Female Gun Suicide Victims

ChartIn Palestine, annual female firearm suicides total

2014: 06
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0

Unintentional Gun Deaths

ChartIn Palestine, annual unintentional shooting deaths total

2014: 06
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0

Rate of Unintentional Gun Death per 100,000 People

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

2014: 06
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0

Unintentional Male Gun Deaths

ChartIn Palestine, annual unintentional male shooting deaths total

2014: 06
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0

Unintentional Female Gun Deaths

ChartIn Palestine, annual unintentional female shooting deaths total

2014: 06
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0

Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

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

2014: 06
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0

Male Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

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

2014: 06
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0

Female Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

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

2014: 06
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0

TransfersGun Trade and Trafficking

Firearm Exports

Firearm Exports (Number)

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

2018: 1814
2017: 0
2015: 75

Small Arms Exports (US$) - Customs

The annual value of small arms and ammunition exports from Palestine is reported by Customs to be US$015 (2005)

Firearm Imports

Firearm Imports (Number)

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

2018: 014
2017: 4
2015: 2

Small Arms Imports (US$) - Customs

The annual value of small arms and ammunition imports to Palestine is reported by Customs to be US$139,84015 (2008)

MeasuresGun Regulation

Firearm Regulation - Guiding Policy

Law Regulates Civilian Access to Firearms

In Palestine, civilian possession of guns is regulated by law13

Right to Possess Firearms

In Palestine, the right to private gun ownership is not guaranteed by law16 17

Restricted Firearms and Ammunition

Law Regulates Automatic Weapons

In Palestine, civilian possession of automatic weapons is regulated by law13

Law Regulates Handguns

In Palestine, civilian possession of handguns is not regulated by law13

Law Regulates Long Guns

In Palestine, civilian possession of rifles and shotguns is not regulated by law13

Gun Ownership and Possession

Gun Owner Background Checks

An applicant for a firearm licence in Palestine must pass a background check which considers undefined13 records

Carrying Guns

Law Regulates Firearms in Public

In Palestine, carrying a gun in a public place is regulated by law13

MeasuresInternational Controls

Regional Agreements

League of Arab States

As a member of the League of Arab States, Palestine adopted the Arab Model Law on Weapons, Ammunitions, Explosives and Hazardous Material in January 200218

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 not signed19 by Palestine.

United Nations Small Arms Programme of Action UNPoA

UNPoA Commitment

On 21 July 2001, Palestine 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 Aspects20

UNPoA International Assistance – Recipient

Funds for UNPoA implementation have been provided21 to Palestine by other UN Member States

United Nations Membership

In the UN List of Member States, Palestine is a Permanent Observer of the United Nations22

Wassenaar Arrangement

The Wassenaar Arrangement on Export Controls and Conventional Arms and Dual-Use Goods and Technologies does not list23 Palestine as a Participating State


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