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St Helena — Gun Facts, Figures and the Law

ImpactsDeath and Injury

Homicides (any method)

ChartIn St Helena, annual homicides by any means total

2009: 01
2008: 0
2007: 0

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

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

2009: 01
2008: 0
2007: 0

TransfersGun Trade and Trafficking

Firearm Exports

Small Arms Exports (US$) - Customs

The annual value of small arms and ammunition exports from St Helena is reported by Customs to be US$992 (2011)

Firearm Imports

Small Arms Imports (US$) - Customs

The annual value of small arms and ammunition imports to St Helena is reported by Customs to be US$4,9092 (2011)

MeasuresGun Regulation

Right to Possess Firearms

In St Helena, the right to private gun ownership is not guaranteed by law3 4

MeasuresInternational Controls

United Nations Membership

In the UN List of Member States, St Helena is not a Member State of the United Nations5

Wassenaar Arrangement

The Wassenaar Arrangement on Export Controls and Conventional Arms and Dual-Use Goods and Technologies does not list6 St Helena 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 16,7 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, provides granular national data pertaining to homicides, gun homicides, conflict deaths, disarmament efforts, and marking and tracing.

Short References


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UN.2013.‘Member States of the United Nations.’ Web Site.New York, NY:United Nations General Assembly,7 April. (Q290)Full Citation


Wassenaar Arrangement.1996.‘Introduction: Participating States.’ Wassenaar Arrangement on Export Controls and Conventional Arms and Dual-Use Goods and Technologies.Vienna:Wassenaar Secretariat,12 July. (Q19)Full Citation


United Nations.2017.‘Relevant Targets & Indicators.’ Sustainable Development Goal 16.New York NY:United Nations Statistics Division,6 July. (Q14093)Full Citation