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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 Serbia is

2017: 2,719,0001
2007: 3,050,0002 3

Rate of Civilian Firearm Possession per 100 Population

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

2017: 39.101
2007: 37.822 4

Number of Privately Owned Rifles

In Serbia, the number of rifles in civilian possession is reported to be 449,3765

Number of Privately Owned Handguns

In Serbia, the number of handguns in civilian possession is reported to be 514,8706 to 543,0705

Number of Privately Owned Firearms - World Ranking

In a 2007 comparison of the number of privately owned guns in 178 countries, Serbia ranked at No. 257

Rate of Privately Owned Firearms per 100 Population - World Ranking

In a 2007 comparison of the rate of private gun ownership in 178 countries, Serbia ranked at No. 52

Proportion of Households with Handguns

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

2012: 11.9%8

Number of Licensed Firearm Owners

The number of licensed gun owners in Serbia is reported to be

2012: 874,0009

Rate of Licensed Firearm Owners per 100 Population

The rate of licensed firearm owners per 100 people in Serbia is

2012: 12.0110

Number of Registered Firearms

ChartThe number of registered guns in Serbia is reported to be

2017: 1,186,0861
2012: 1,200,0009
2008: 1,172,46811
2005: 1,056,3142

Rate of Registered Firearms per 100 Population

ChartThe rate of registered guns per 100 people in Serbia is

2012: 16.4910
2008: 15.81
2005: 14.08

Estimated Number of Unregistered and Illicit Firearms

ChartUnregistered and unlawfully held guns cannot be counted,12 but in Serbia there are estimated to be

2017: 1,532,9141
2005: 944,00013 14 15

Estimated Rate of Unregistered and Illicit Firearms per 100 Population

Unregistered and unlawfully held guns cannot be counted,12 but in Serbia the rate of such firearms per 100 people is estimated to be 12.5510

Number of Households with Firearms

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

2012: 398,30116

Government Guns

Number of Military Firearms

The defence forces of Serbia are reported to have 384,42217 firearms

Number of Law Enforcement Firearms

Police in Serbia are reported to have 53,10018 19 firearms

ImpactsDeath and Injury

Total Number of Gun Deaths

ChartIn Serbia, annual deaths resulting from firearms total

2014: 25320 21 22 23
2013: 271
2012: 25420 21 22 23 24
2011: 26320 21 22 23
2010: 28425
2009: 28520 21 22 23
2008: 257
2007: 289
2006: 258
2005: 271
2004: 276
2003: 303
2002: 290
2001: 350
2000: 326
1999: 374
1998: 357

Rate of All Gun Deaths per 100,000 People

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

2014: 3.5126
2013: 3.74
2012: 3.49
2011: 3.60
2010: 3.87
2009: 3.8610
2008: 3.47
2007: 3.88
2006: 3.45
2005: 3.61
2004: 3.67
2003: 4.02
2002: 3.84
2001: 4.64
2000: 4.29
1999: 4.87
1998: 4.65

Total Number of Male Gun Deaths

ChartIn Serbia, annual male deaths resulting from firearms total

2014: 22326
2013: 237
2012: 231
2011: 229
2010: 253

Total Number of Female Gun Deaths

ChartIn Serbia, annual female deaths resulting from firearms total

2014: 3026
2013: 34
2012: 23
2011: 34
2010: 31

Homicides (any method)

ChartIn Serbia, annual homicides by any means total

2015: 10027
2014: 11426
2013: 152
2012: 118
2011: 130
2010: 130
2009: 14028 29
2008: 14029 30
2007: 20031 29 30
2006: 15432 29 30
2005: 16233 29 30
2004: 13834 29 30
2003: 17835 29 30
2002: 16436 29 30
2001: 218
2000: 22829 30
1999: 309
1998: 344

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

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

2015: 1.1327
2014: 3.5126
2013: 3.74
2012: 3.49
2011: 3.60
2010: 3.87
2009: 1.9010 29
2008: 1.429 30
2007: 2.7031 29 30
2006: 2.0832 29 30
2005: 2.1833 29 30
2004: 1.8534 29 30
2003: 2.3635 29 30
2002: 2.1936 37 29 30
2001: 2.8236 29 30
2000: 2.229 30
1999: 3.030
1998: 3.4

Male Homicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn Serbia, annual male homicides by any means total

2015: 7038
2014: 82
2013: 95
2012: 82
2011: 91
2010: 88

Female Homicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn Serbia, annual female homicides by any means total

2015: 3038
2014: 3226
2013: 57
2012: 36
2011: 39
2010: 42

Gun Homicides

ChartIn Serbia, annual firearm homicides total

2014: 5120
2013: 75
2012: 44
2011: 49
2010: 45
2009: 6320 29 30
2008: 60
2007: 8520 31 29 30
2006: 6320 32 29 30
2005: 4820 33 29 30
2004: 4820 34
2003: 6720 35
2002: 6920 36
2001: 80
2000: 7720
1999: 93
1998: 102

Rate of Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

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

2014: 0.7126
2013: 1.04
2012: 0.60
2011: 0.67
2010: 0.61
2009: 0.8620 10 30
2008: 0.82
2007: 1.1520 31 10 30
2006: 0.8520 32 10 30
2005: 0.6520 33 10 30
2004: 0.6420 34
2003: 0.9020 35
2002: 0.9220 36
2001: 1.07
2000: 1.0220
1999: 1.23
1998: 1.35

Proportion of Homicides Committed With a Gun

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

2012: 12%29
2011: 20%29 39
2010: 28%29
2009: 31%
2008: 35%
2007: 25%
2006: 30%
2005: 25%

Male Gun Homicide Victims

ChartIn Serbia, annual male firearm homicides total

2015: 3926
2014: 39
2013: 51
2012: 32
2011: 36
2010: 33

Female Gun Homicide Victims

ChartIn Serbia, annual female firearm homicides total

2015: 1226
2014: 12
2013: 24
2012: 12
2011: 13
2010: 12

Handgun Homicides

ChartIn Serbia, annual handgun homicides total

2014: 2620
2013: 52
2012: 21
2011: 26
2010: 28
2009: 38
2008: 35
2007: 35
2006: 30
2005: 8
2004: 5
2003: 9
2002: 9
2001: 14
2000: 10
1999: 12
1998: 15

Rate of Handgun Homicide per 100,000 People

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

2014: 0.3620
2013: 0.73
2012: 0.29
2011: 0.36
2010: 0.38
2009: 0.52
2008: 0.48
2007: 0.47
2006: 0.40
2005: 0.11
2004: 0.07
2003: 0.12
2002: 0.12
2001: 0.19
2000: 0.13
1999: 0.16
1998: 0.20

Long Gun Homicides

ChartIn Serbia, annual long gun homicides total

2014: 820
2013: 8
2012: 5
2011: 9
2010: 2
2009: 5
2008: 2
2007: 12
2006: 7
2005: 2
2004: 1
2003: 5
2002: 2
2001: 1
2000: 4
1999: 10
1998: 11

Rate of Long Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

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

2014: 0.1120
2013: 0.11
2012: 0.07
2011: 0.12
2010: 0.03
2009: 0.07
2008: 0.03
2007: 0.16
2006: 0.09
2005: 0.03
2004: 0.01
2003: 0.07
2002: 0.03
2001: 0.01
2000: 0.05
1999: 0.13
1998: 0.15

Gun Homicides (Other)

ChartIn Serbia, annual gun homicides (other) total

2014: 1720
2013: 15
2012: 18
2011: 14
2010: 15
2009: 20
2008: 23
2007: 38
2006: 26
2005: 38
2004: 42
2003: 53
2002: 58
2001: 65
2000: 63
1999: 71
1998: 76

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

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

2014: 0.2420
2013: 0.21
2012: 0.25
2011: 0.19
2010: 0.21
2009: 0.27
2008: 0.31
2007: 0.51
2006: 0.35
2005: 0.51
2004: 0.56
2003: 0.71
2002: 0.77
2001: 0.87
2000: 0.84
1999: 0.94
1998: 1.00

Suicides (any method)

ChartIn Serbia, annual suicides by any means total

2014: 1,13426
2013: 1,198
2012: 1,245
2011: 1,256
2010: 1,209
2009: 1,37628
2008: 1,290
2007: 1,35440
2006: 1,44441
2005: 1,44242
2004: 1,34643
2003: 1,38144
2002: 1,44945
2001: 1,443

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

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

2014: 15.7326
2013: 16.54
2012: 17.11
2011: 17.18
2010: 16.46
2009: 18.6510
2007: 18.3440
2006: 19.4841
2005: 19.3842
2004: 18.0343
2003: 18.3344
2002: 19.2845 37
2001: 18.6545

Male Suicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn Serbia, annual male suicides by any means total

2014: 85726
2013: 902
2012: 934
2011: 909
2010: 905

Female Suicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn Serbia, annual female suicides by any means total

2014: 27726
2013: 296
2012: 311
2011: 347
2010: 304

Gun Suicides

ChartIn Serbia, annual firearm suicides total

2014: 17221
2013: 175
2012: 17921 24
2011: 18521
2010: 205
2009: 189
2008: 166
2007: 180
2006: 177
2005: 184
2004: 158
2003: 195
2002: 159
2001: 208
2000: 192
1999: 213
1998: 189

Rate of Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

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

2014: 2.3926
2013: 2.42
2012: 2.46
2011: 2.53
2010: 2.79
2009: 2.58
2008: 2.26
2007: 2.44
2006: 2.39
2005: 2.47
2004: 2.12
2003: 2.61
2002: 2.12
2001: 2.77
2000: 2.55
1999: 2.82
1998: 2.5

Male Gun Suicide Victims

ChartIn Serbia, annual male firearm suicides total

2014: 15726
2013: 165
2012: 171
2011: 168
2010: 191

Female Gun Suicide Victims

ChartIn Serbia, annual female firearm suicides total

2014: 1526
2013: 10
2012: 8
2011: 17
2010: 14

Handgun Suicides

ChartIn Serbia, annual handgun suicides total

2014: 9521
2013: 112
2012: 91
2011: 105
2010: 125
2009: 129
2008: 100
2007: 101
2006: 93
2005: 56
2004: 19
2003: 31
2002: 29
2001: 28
2000: 27
1999: 32
1998: 26

Rate of Handgun Suicide per 100,000 People

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

2014: 1.3321
2013: 1.56
2012: 1.26
2011: 1.45
2010: 1.71
2009: 1.76
2008: 1.36
2007: 1.37
2006: 1.25
2005: 0.75
2004: 0.25
2003: 0.41
2002: 0.39
2001: 0.37
2000: 0.36
1999: 0.42
1998: 0.34

Long Gun Suicides

ChartIn Serbia, the number of long gun suicides is

2014: 3421
2013: 29
2012: 35
2011: 29
2010: 32
2009: 18
2008: 17
2007: 27
2006: 23
2005: 17
2004: 11
2003: 11
2002: 10
2001: 9
2000: 4
1999: 10
1998: 5

Rate of Long Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

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

2014: 0.4821
2013: 0.40
2012: 0.49
2011: 0.40
2010: 0.44
2009: 0.25
2008: 0.23
2007: 0.37
2006: 0.31
2005: 0.23
2004: 0.15
2003: 0.15
2002: 0.13
2001: 0.12
2000: 0.05
1999: 0.13
1998: 0.07

Gun Suicides (Other)

ChartIn Serbia, annual gun suicides (other) total

2014: 4321
2013: 34
2012: 53
2011: 51
2010: 48
2009: 42
2008: 49
2007: 52
2006: 61
2005: 111
2004: 128
2003: 153
2002: 120
2001: 171
2000: 161
1999: 171
1998: 158

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

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

2014: 0.6021
2013: 0.47
2012: 0.74
2011: 0.70
2010: 0.66
2009: 0.57
2008: 0.67
2007: 0.70
2006: 0.82
2005: 1.49
2004: 1.72
2003: 2.05
2002: 1.6
2001: 2.28
2000: 2.14
1999: 2.27
1998: 2.09

Unintentional Gun Deaths

ChartIn Serbia, annual unintentional shooting deaths total

2014: 322
2013: 3
2012: 1022 24
2011: 1022
2010: 13
2009: 11
2008: 15
2007: 9
2006: 6
2005: 9
2004: 2
2003: 2
2002: 2
2001: 9
2000: 10
1999: 5
1998: 5

Rate of Unintentional Gun Death per 100,000 People

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

2014: 0.3726
2013: 0.25
2012: 0.29
2011: 0.26
2010: 0.29
2009: 0.15
2008: 0.20
2007: 0.12
2006: 0.08
2005: 0.12
2004: 0.03
2003: 0.03
2002: 0.03
2001: 0.12
2000: 0.13
1999: 0.07
1998: 0.07

Unintentional Male Gun Deaths

ChartIn Serbia, annual unintentional male shooting deaths total

2014: 226
2013: 3
2012: 10
2011: 10
2010: 11

Unintentional Female Gun Deaths

ChartIn Serbia, annual unintentional female shooting deaths total

2014: 126
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 2

Unintentional Handgun Deaths

ChartIn Serbia, annual unintentional shooting deaths by handgun total

2013: 222
2012: 4
2011: 5
2010: 5
2009: 7
2008: 10
2007: 5
2006: 3
2005: 3
2001: 2
2000: 1
1999: 1
1998: 1

Rate of Unintentional Handgun Death per 100,000 People

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

2013: 0.0322
2012: 0.06
2011: 0.07
2010: 0.07
2009: 0.10
2008: 0.14
2007: 0.07
2006: 0.04
2005: 0.04
2001: 0.03
2000: 0.01
1999: 0.01
1998: 0.01

Unintentional Long Gun Deaths

ChartIn Serbia, annual unintentional shooting deaths by long gun total

2012: 522
2010: 3
2009: 2
2008: 3
2007: 3
2006: 1
2005: 1
2002: 2
2000: 1
1999: 2

Rate of Unintentional Long Gun Death per 100,000 People

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

2012: 0.0722
2010: 0.04
2009: 0.03
2008: 0.04
2007: 0.04
2006: 0.01
2005: 0.01
2002: 0.03
2000: 0.01
1999: 0.03

Unintentional Gun Deaths (Other)

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

2014: 322
2013: 1
2012: 1
2011: 5
2010: 5
2009: 2
2008: 2
2007: 1
2006: 2
2005: 5
2004: 2
2003: 2
2001: 7
2000: 8
1999: 2
1998: 4

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

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

2014: 0.0422
2013: 0.01
2012: 0.01
2011: 0.07
2010: 0.07
2009: 0.03
2008: 0.03
2007: 0.01
2006: 0.03
2005: 0.07
2004: 0.03
2003: 0.03
2001: 0.09
2000: 0.11
1999: 0.03
1998: 0.05

Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

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

2014: 2723
2013: 18
2012: 2123 24
2011: 1923
2010: 21
2009: 22
2008: 16
2007: 15
2006: 12
2005: 30
2004: 68
2003: 39
2002: 60
2001: 53
2000: 47
1999: 63
1998: 61

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

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

2014: 0.3823
2013: 0.25
2012: 0.29
2011: 0.26
2010: 0.29
2009: 0.30
2008: 0.22
2007: 0.20
2006: 0.16
2005: 0.40
2004: 0.91
2003: 0.52
2002: 0.80
2001: 0.71
2000: 0.63
1999: 0.84
1998: 0.81

Male Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

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

2014: 2526
2013: 18
2012: 18
2011: 15
2010: 18

Female Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

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

2014: 226
2013: 0
2012: 3
2011: 4
2010: 3

Handgun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

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

2014: 723
2013: 8
2012: 1
2011: 3
2010: 7
2009: 7
2008: 2
2007: 5
2006: 1
2005: 2
2003: 1
2002: 2
2001: 3
2000: 1
1999: 2
1998: 1

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

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

2014: 0.1023
2013: 0.11
2012: 0.01
2011: 0.04
2010: 0.10
2009: 0.10
2008: 0.03
2007: 0.07
2006: 0.01
2005: 0.03
2003: 0.01
2002: 0.03
2001: 0.04
2000: 0.01
1999: 0.03
1998: 0.01

Long Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

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

2014: 323
2013: 1
2012: 3
2011: 1
2010: 1
2009: 3
2008: 3
2007: 2
2005: 2
2001: 1

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

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

2014: 0.0423
2013: 0.01
2012: 0.04
2011: 0.01
2010: 0.01
2009: 0.04
2008: 0.04
2007: 0.03
2005: 0.03
2001: 0.01

Gun Deaths (Other) from Undetermined Cause

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

2014: 1723
2013: 9
2012: 17
2011: 15
2010: 13
2009: 12
2008: 11
2007: 8
2006: 11
2005: 26
2004: 68
2003: 38
2002: 58
2001: 49
2000: 46
1999: 61
1998: 60

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

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

2014: 0.2423
2013: 0.13
2012: 0.24
2011: 0.21
2010: 0.18
2009: 0.16
2008: 0.15
2007: 0.11
2006: 0.15
2005: 0.35
2004: 0.91
2003: 0.51
2002: 0.77
2001: 0.65
2000: 0.61
1999: 0.81
1998: 0.79

ProductionGun Industry

Regulation of Firearm Makers

In Serbia, the manufacture of small arms, ammunition and/or their components is permitted only if the maker holds a valid licence46 47 48 49 50

TransfersGun Trade and Trafficking

Firearm Exports

In Serbia, firearm and ammunition exports are limited by transfer control law51 52 53 54 55 3

Small Arms Exports (US$) - Customs

The annual value of small arms and ammunition exports from Serbia is reported by Customs to be US$34,965,52856 (2011)57 58

Small Arms Exports - World Ranking

In a comparison of the world's major/mid-level/minor/unknown small arms exporters, Serbia was categorized as 'major'59 60

Firearm Imports

In Serbia, firearm and ammunition imports are limited by transfer control law51 52 53 54 3

Small Arms Imports (US$) - Customs

The annual value of small arms and ammunition imports to Serbia is reported by Customs to be US$2,734,18156 (2011)

Smuggling Guns and Ammunition

Reports suggest that the level of firearm and ammunition smuggling in Serbia is moderate61 62 63 64 65 66

Regulation of Arms Brokers

In Serbia, the activities of arms brokers and transfer intermediaries are specifically regulated by law67 68 3

End User Certificates

Customs regulations in Serbia include51 3 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, Serbia scored

2018: 19.0069
2016: 19.0070
2014: 19.5071
2013: 19.7572
2012: 18.7573
2011: 18.5074
2010: 17.0075
2009: 16.5076
2008: 16.5077
2007: 9.2578
2006: 9.2579
2005: 1.5080

MeasuresGun Regulation

Firearm Regulation - Guiding Policy

The regulation of guns in Serbia is categorised as restrictive81

Firearm Law

Guiding gun control legislation in Serbia includes the Law on Weapons and Ammunition,82 the Law on Testing, Marking and Labeling Firearms and Ammunition,83 the Law on Trade in Arms, Military Equipment and Dual Purpose Goods3 47 and the Law on Export and Import of Arms and Military Equipment51

Firearm Regulation Authority

Guns in Serbia are regulated by the Ministry of Interior84 85 and the Small Arms and Light Weapons Council, made up of multiple Ministries including the Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Defense, Ministry of Economy and Regional Development, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Finances, Ministry of Justice, and Ministry of Health86 87 and the Ministry of International Economic Relations3

Right to Possess Firearms

In Serbia, the right to private gun ownership is not guaranteed by law88 89 90 91

Restricted Firearms and Ammunition

In Serbia, civilians are not allowed to possess long automatic firearms, short automatic and combined firearms and special weapons if not otherwise stipulated by the Act, silencers, or infra-red sighting devices92

Regulation of Automatic Weapons

In Serbia, private possession of fully automatic weapons is prohibited92 39

Regulation of Semiautomatic Assault Weapons

In Serbia, private possession of semi-automatic assault weapons is prohibited, with the exception of approved hunting rifles92

Regulation of Handguns

In Serbia, private possession of handguns (pistols and revolvers) is permitted under licence93 39

Law Regulates Long Guns

In Serbia, civilian possession of rifles and shotguns is regulated by law93 92 39

Gun Ownership and Possession

In Serbia, only licensed gun owners94 85 39 may lawfully acquire, possess or transfer a firearm or ammunition

Genuine Reason Required for Firearm Possession

Applicants for a gun owner’s licence in Serbia are required to establish a genuine reason to possess a firearm, for example self-defence, hunting, target shooting, collection, and certain employment-related reasons93 95 96 97

Minimum Age for Firearm Possession

The minimum age for gun ownership in Serbia is undefined94

Gun Owner Background Checks

An applicant for a firearm licence in Serbia must pass a background check which considers criminal, medical and other various94 39 records

Reference Required for Firearm Licence

In Serbia, third party character references for each gun licence applicant are not required91 90

Domestic Violence and Firearms

Where a past history, or apprehended likelihood of family violence exists, the law in Serbia does not stipulate91 90 that a gun licence should be denied or revoked

Firearm Safety Training

In Serbia, an understanding of firearm safety and the law, tested in a theoretical and/or practical training course is required94 98 for a firearm licence

Gun Owner Licensing Period

In Serbia, gun owners must re-apply and re-qualify for their firearm licence every five years, for a carry permit96

Limit on Number of Guns

Licensed firearm owners in Serbia are permitted to possess any number of firearms91 90

Limit on Quantity, Type of Ammunition

Licensed firearm owners in Serbia are permitted to possess only ammunition suitable for the licensed firearm, and is limited to 60 packages of ammunition per calendar year85

Firearm Registration

Civilian Gun Registration

In Serbia, the law requires99 that a record of the acquisition, possession and transfer of each privately held firearm be retained in an official register

Gun Manufacturer Record Keeping

In Serbia, licensed gun makers are required47 100 to keep a record of each firearm produced, for inspection by a regulating authority

State-Owned Firearm Records

In Serbia, State agencies are required101 to maintain records of the storage and movement of all firearms and ammunition under their control

Gun Sales and Transfers

Regulation of Dealer Gun Sales

In Serbia, dealing in firearms by way of business without a valid gun dealer’s licence is unlawful102

Waiting Period for Gun Possession

In Serbia, the minimum wait for a lawful firearm purchase to be completed is undetermined91 90

Regulation of Gun Shows

In Serbia, gun shows and temporary firearm dealing events are not regulated91 90 in law

Storage and Transport of Guns and Ammunition

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Private

Firearm regulations in Serbia include103 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 Serbia include104 102 105 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition by licensed arms dealers

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Government

Government regulations in Serbia include106 104 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition by state entities

Firearm and Ammunition Transport Regulations

Regulations in Serbia include107 108 109 110 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition while in transit

Marking and Tracing Guns and Ammunition

Firearm Marking

In Serbia, a unique identifying mark on each firearm is required by law111 83 112 113 99 47 114

Firearm Tracing

In Serbia, state authorities carry out115 recognised arms tracing and tracking procedures

Ballistic Record of Firearms and Ammunition

In Serbia, the ballistic characteristics of each civilian firearm and its ammunition are not116 recorded in a register

Carrying Guns

Carrying Guns Openly in Public

In Serbia, carrying a firearm in plain view in a public place is allowed, subject to a valid permit117 92 96 39

Carrying Hidden Handguns in Public

In Serbia, carrying a concealed firearm in a public place is allowed, subject to a valid permit117 92 96 39

Penalty for Illicit Firearm Possession

In Serbia, the maximum penalty for unlawful possession of a firearm118 is up to five years in prison46

Collection, Amnesty and Destruction Programmes

Authorities in Serbia are known to have119 120 121 122 123 124 125 implemented voluntary firearm surrender schemes, and/or weapon seizure programmes in order to reduce the number of illicit firearms in circulation

Surrendered in Gun Amnesty

In Serbia, the number of firearms voluntarily surrendered in recent arms amnesty and collection programmes is reported to be 10,000-15,000119 (2001-2003) and 47,853119 (2003)

Firearms Surrendered and Seized

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

2015: 76,500126
2013: 16,733127
2012: 1,258128
2011: 668
2007: 37,364129 130 131

Small Arms Destroyed

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

2013: 17,000132 133
2010: 28,285125
2009: 27,000
2006: 14,936123 124
2004: 10,000122
2003: 117,269134 119 122
2002: 10,000-15,000119
2001: 52,000120

Destruction and Disposal Policy

In Serbia, it is state policy135 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 2008136 by Serbia.

Arms Trade Treaty

The Arms Trade Treaty has been signed and ratified137 by Serbia

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 ratified138 by Serbia

United Nations Small Arms Programme of Action UNPoA

UNPoA Commitment

On 21 July 2001, Serbia 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 Aspects139

UNPoA Implementation Monitor Score

In its UN small arms Programme of Action Implementation Monitor (PoAIM Phase 1), the Small Arms Survey scored Serbia against its commitments to the PoA, then ranked it at No. 61140 141 142 143 among 159 Member States

UNPoA National Reporting

Under the terms of its 2001 commitment to the United Nations small arms Programme of Action, Serbia has submitted one or more national reports144 145 on its implementation of the UNPoA

UNPoA National Point of Contact

In Serbia, a National Point of Contact to deal with issues relating to the UNPoA has been designated146 145

UNPoA National Coordinating Body

In Serbia, a National Coordinating Body to deal with issues relating to the UNPoA has been designated145

UNPoA Civil Society Involvement and Support

In National Reports of Serbia submitted to the UN from 2001 to 2010, a history of substantive cooperation with civil society in support of UNPoA activities was apparent147

UNPoA International Assistance – Donor

Funds for UNPoA implementation have not been donated145 by Serbia to other UN Member States

UNPoA International Assistance – Recipient

Funds for UNPoA implementation have been provided145 to Serbia by other UN Member States

United Nations Small Arms Register

According to the United Nations Register of Conventional Arms, Serbia has declared148 its small arms exports in one or more annual National Reports on Arms Exports.

United Nations Membership

In the UN List of Member States, Serbia has been a Member State of the United Nations since 2000149

Wassenaar Arrangement

The Wassenaar Arrangement on Export Controls and Conventional Arms and Dual-Use Goods and Technologies does not list150 Serbia as a Participating State

BackgroundCountry Profile

Conflict Profile

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

Global Peace Index

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


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