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Civilian Guns

Number of Registered Firearms

The number of registered guns in St Vincent & Grenadines is reported to be

2017: 2,8651

Estimated Number of Unregistered and Illicit Firearms

Unregistered and unlawfully held guns cannot be counted,2 but in St Vincent & Grenadines there are estimated to be

2017: 1,1351

ImpactsDeath and Injury

Total Number of Gun Deaths

ChartIn St Vincent & Grenadines, annual deaths resulting from firearms total

2015: 123
2014: 30
2013: 13
2012: 114
2011: 7
2010: 10
2009: 9
2008: 15
2007: 21

Rate of All Gun Deaths per 100,000 People

ChartIn St Vincent & Grenadines, the annual rate of all gun deaths per 100,000 population is

2015: 11.693
2014: 29.15
2013: 12.59
2012: 10.62
2011: 6.74
2010: 9.60
2009: 8.61
2008: 14.29
2007: 19.94

Total Number of Male Gun Deaths

ChartIn St Vincent & Grenadines, annual male deaths resulting from firearms total

2015: 123
2014: 28
2013: 12
2012: 9
2011: 5
2010: 10
2009: 8
2008: 13
2007: 19

Rate of Male Gun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn St Vincent & Grenadines, the annual rate of male gun death per 100,000 population is

2015: 23.013
2014: 53.56
2013: 22.90
2012: 17.13
2011: 9.49
2010: 18.93
2009: 15.10
2008: 24.46
2007: 35.65

Total Number of Female Gun Deaths

ChartIn St Vincent & Grenadines, annual female deaths resulting from firearms total

2015: 03
2014: 2
2013: 1
2012: 2
2011: 1
2010: 0
2009: 1
2008: 2
2007: 2

Rate of Female Gun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn St Vincent & Grenadines, the annual rate of female gun death per 100,000 population is

2014: 3.953
2013: 1.97
2012: 3.92
2011: 1.95
2009: 1.94
2008: 3.86
2007: 3.85

Homicides (any method)

ChartIn St Vincent & Grenadines, annual homicides by any means total

2016: 405
2015: 253
2014: 386
2013: 27
2012: 28
2011: 21
2010: 25
2009: 20
2008: 27
2007: 36
2006: 13
2005: 24
2004: 27
2003: 11
2002: 11
2001: 12
2000: 21
1999: 147
1998: 24
1997: 9
1996: 24
1995: 20

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

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

2016: 39.085
2015: 24.363
2014: 36.926
2013: 26.16
2012: 27.04
2011: 20.22
2010: 23.99
2009: 19.13
2008: 25.73
2007: 34.19
2006: 12.30
2005: 22.63
2004: 24.87
2003: 10.15
2002: 10.17
2001: 11.11
2000: 19.46
1999: 13.07
1998: 22.2
1997: 8.3
1996: 22.2
1995: 18.5

Male Homicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn St Vincent & Grenadines, annual male homicides by any means total

2016: 368
2015: 213
2014: 356
2013: 23
2012: 21
2011: 16
2010: 22
2009: 18
2008: 22
2007: 28
2006: 9
2005: 18

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

ChartIn St Vincent & Grenadines, the annual rate of male homicide by any means per 100,000 population is

2016: 65.038
2015: 40.273
2014: 66.946
2013: 43.88
2012: 39.96
2011: 30.37
2010: 41.64
2009: 33.97
2008: 41.40
2007: 52.54
2006: 16.84
2005: 33.58

Female Homicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn St Vincent & Grenadines, annual female homicides by any means total

2016: 48
2015: 43
2014: 3
2013: 4
2012: 7
2011: 5
2010: 3
2009: 2
2008: 5
2007: 8
2006: 4
2005: 6

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

ChartIn St Vincent & Grenadines, the annual rate of female homicide by any means per 100,000 population is

2016: 7.368
2015: 7.933
2014: 5.926
2013: 7.87
2012: 13.73
2011: 9.77
2010: 5.84
2009: 3.88
2008: 9.65
2007: 15.38
2006: 7.66
2005: 11.44

Gun Homicides

ChartIn St Vincent & Grenadines, annual firearm homicides total

2015: 123
2014: 30
2013: 13
2012: 11
2011: 4
2010: 0
2009: 9
2008: 99
2007: 19
2006: 4
2005: 5
2004: 169

Rate of Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn St Vincent & Grenadines, the annual rate of firearm homicide per 100,000 population is

2015: 11.693
2014: 29.15
2013: 12.59
2012: 10.62
2011: 3.85
2010: 0
2009: 8.61
2008: 8.39 10
2007: 18.04
2006: 3.78
2005: 4.71
2004: 14.79 10

Proportion of Homicides Committed With a Gun

ChartIn St Vincent & Grenadines, the percentage of homicides committed with a firearm is reported to be

2014: 74%11
2013: 41%
2012: 43%
2011: 48%
2010: 36%11 12
2009: 30%12
2007: 58%
2006: 31%
2005: 22%

Male Gun Homicide Victims

ChartIn St Vincent & Grenadines, annual male firearm homicides total

2015: 123
2014: 28
2013: 12
2012: 9
2011: 3
2010: 0
2009: 8
2007: 17

Rate of Male Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn St Vincent & Grenadines, the annual rate of male firearm homicide per 100,000 population is

2015: 23.013
2014: 53.56
2013: 22.90
2012: 17.13
2011: 5.69
2009: 15.10
2007: 31.90

Female Gun Homicide Victims

ChartIn St Vincent & Grenadines, annual female firearm homicides total

2015: 23
2014: 2
2013: 1
2012: 2
2011: 1
2010: 0
2009: 1
2007: 2

Rate of Female Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn St Vincent & Grenadines, the annual rate of female firearm homicide per 100,000 population is

2014: 3.953
2013: 1.97
2012: 3.92
2011: 1.95
2009: 1.94
2007: 3.85

Suicides (any method)

ChartIn St Vincent & Grenadines, annual suicides by any means total

2015: 33
2014: 2
2013: 0
2012: 10
2011: 5
2010: 5
2009: 113
2008: 4
2007: 11
2006: 6
2005: 8
2004: 413 14
2003: 413
2002: 7
2001: 8
2000: 5

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

ChartIn St Vincent & Grenadines, the annual rate of suicide by any means per 100,000 population is

2015: 2.923
2014: 1.94
2013: 0
2012: 9.66
2011: 4.81
2010: 4.80
2009: 0.96
2008: 3.81
2007: 10.45
2006: 5.5
2005: 7.4
2004: 3.713 14
2003: 3.713
2002: 6.5
2001: 7.4
2000: 4.6

Male Suicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn St Vincent & Grenadines, annual male suicides by any means total

2015: 23
2014: 2
2013: 0
2012: 7
2011: 4
2010: 5
2009: 1
2008: 3
2007: 11

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

ChartIn St Vincent & Grenadines, the annual rate of male suicide by any means per 100,000 population is

2015: 3.833
2014: 3.83
2012: 13.32
2011: 7.59
2010: 9.46
2009: 1.89
2008: 5.65
2007: 20.64

Female Suicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn St Vincent & Grenadines, annual female suicides by any means total

2015: 13
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 3
2011: 1
2010: 0
2008: 1

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

ChartIn St Vincent & Grenadines, the annual rate of female suicide by any means per 100,000 population is

2015: 1.983
2012: 5.88
2011: 1.95
2008: 1.93

Gun Suicides

ChartIn St Vincent & Grenadines, annual firearm suicides total

2015: 03
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2007: 13

Rate of Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn St Vincent & Grenadines, the annual rate of firearm suicide per 100,000 population is

2015: 03
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2007: 0.953

Male Gun Suicide Victims

ChartIn St Vincent & Grenadines, annual male firearm suicides total

2015: 03
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2007: 13

Rate of Male Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

In St Vincent & Grenadines, the annual rate of male firearm suicide per 100,000 population is

2007: 1.883

Female Gun Suicide Victims

ChartIn St Vincent & Grenadines, annual female firearm suicides total

2015: 03
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0

Unintentional Gun Deaths

ChartIn St Vincent & Grenadines, annual unintentional shooting deaths total

2015: 03
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 2
2010: 10
2008: 15

Rate of Unintentional Gun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn St Vincent & Grenadines, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death per 100,000 population is

2015: 03
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 1.933
2010: 9.60
2008: 14.29

Unintentional Male Gun Deaths

ChartIn St Vincent & Grenadines, annual unintentional male shooting deaths total

2015: 03
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 1
2010: 10
2008: 13

Rate of Unintentional Male Gun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn St Vincent & Grenadines, the annual rate of unintentional male shooting death per 100,000 population is

2011: 1.903
2010: 18.93
2008: 24.46

Unintentional Female Gun Deaths

ChartIn St Vincent & Grenadines, annual unintentional female shooting deaths total

2015: 03
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2008: 23

Rate of Unintentional Female Gun Death per 100,000 People

In St Vincent & Grenadines, the annual rate of unintentional female shooting death per 100,000 population is

2008: 3.863

Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn St Vincent & Grenadines, annual shooting deaths in which the cause remains undecided total

2015: 03
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0

Male Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn St Vincent & Grenadines, annual male shooting deaths in which the cause remains undecided total

2015: 03
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0

Female Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn St Vincent & Grenadines, annual female shooting deaths in which the cause remains undecided total

2015: 03
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0

Legal Intervention Gun Homicides

ChartIn St Vincent & Grenadines, annual legal-intervention gun homicides total

2011: 13
2007: 1

ProductionGun Industry

Regulation of Firearm Makers

In St Vincent & Grenadines, the manufacture of small arms, ammunition and/or their components is permitted only if the maker holds a valid licence,15 16 but is not conducted in practice17

Home-made Guns

In St Vincent & Grenadines, the prevalence of illicit craft, or 'home-made' firearm manufacture is reported to be low18

TransfersGun Trade and Trafficking

Firearm Exports

In St Vincent & Grenadines, firearm and ammunition exports are limited by transfer control law19 20 21

Small Arms Exports (US$) - Customs

The annual value of small arms and ammunition exports from St Vincent & Grenadines is reported by Customs to be US$022 (2011)

Firearm Imports

In St Vincent & Grenadines, firearm and ammunition imports are limited by transfer control law19 20 21

Firearm Imports (Number)

The annual number of firearms imported to St Vincent & Grenadines is reported to be

2008: 44523

Small Arms Imports (US$) - Customs

The annual value of small arms and ammunition imports to St Vincent & Grenadines is reported by Customs to be US$58,60922 (2011)

Smuggling Guns and Ammunition

Reports suggest that the level of firearm and ammunition smuggling in St Vincent & Grenadines is moderate24

Regulation of Arms Brokers

In St Vincent & Grenadines, the activities of arms brokers and transfer intermediaries are specifically regulated by law25

End User Certificates

Customs regulations in St Vincent & Grenadines include26 certification of the intended end user of any small arms or ammunition transfer, and/or a written declaration of its intended end use

MeasuresGun Regulation

Firearm Regulation - Guiding Policy

The regulation of guns in St Vincent & Grenadines is categorised as restrictive27

Firearm Law

Guiding gun control legislation in St Vincent & Grenadines includes the the Firearms Act of 199528 and the Firearms Amendment Act of 201029

Firearm Regulation Authority

Guns in St Vincent & Grenadines are regulated by the the Firearms Licensing Board30

Right to Possess Firearms

In St Vincent & Grenadines, the right to private gun ownership is not guaranteed by law31 32 33

Restricted Firearms and Ammunition

In St Vincent & Grenadines, civilians are not allowed to possess automatic firearms and any grenade, bomb or other similar missile34 35

Regulation of Automatic Weapons

In St Vincent & Grenadines, private possession of fully automatic weapons is prohibited34 35

Gun Ownership and Possession

In St Vincent & Grenadines, only licensed gun owners36 19 37 may lawfully acquire, possess or transfer a firearm or ammunition

Genuine Reason Required for Firearm Possession

Applicants for a gun owner’s licence in St Vincent & Grenadines are required to establish a genuine reason to possess a firearm, for example protection of self or property or sporting use33

Minimum Age for Firearm Possession

The minimum age for gun ownership in St Vincent & Grenadines is 21 years old33

Gun Owner Background Checks

An applicant for a firearm licence in St Vincent & Grenadines must pass a background check which considers criminal33 and mental health38 records

Firearm Safety Training

In St Vincent & Grenadines, an understanding of firearm safety and the law, tested in a theoretical and/or practical training course is required39 for a firearm licence

Gun Owner Licensing Period

In St Vincent & Grenadines, gun owners must re-apply and re-qualify for their firearm licence every year40

Limit on Number of Guns

Licensed firearm owners in St Vincent & Grenadines are permitted to possess only the number of firearms indicated on their licence41

Limit on Quantity, Type of Ammunition

Licensed firearm owners in St Vincent & Grenadines are permitted to possess only the number of ammunition indicated on their licence41

Firearm Registration

Gun Dealer Record Keeping

In St Vincent & Grenadines, licensed firearm dealers are required42 to keep a record of each firearm or ammunition purchase, sale or transfer on behalf of a regulating authority

State-Owned Firearm Records

In St Vincent & Grenadines, State agencies are required43 44 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 St Vincent & Grenadines, the private sale and transfer of firearms is prohibited15

Regulation of Dealer Gun Sales

In St Vincent & Grenadines, dealing in firearms by way of business without a valid gun dealer’s licence is unlawful15 19

Storage and Transport of Guns and Ammunition

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Private

Firearm regulations in St Vincent & Grenadines include39 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of private firearms and ammunition by licensed gun owners

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Government

Government regulations in St Vincent & Grenadines include44 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition by state entities

Firearm and Ammunition Transport Regulations

Regulations in St Vincent & Grenadines include45 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition while in transit

Marking and Tracing Guns and Ammunition

Firearm Marking

In St Vincent & Grenadines, a unique identifying mark on each firearm is required by law17 43

Firearm Tracing

In St Vincent & Grenadines, state authorities carry out46 47 recognised arms tracing and tracking procedures

Carrying Guns

Carrying Guns Openly in Public

In St Vincent & Grenadines, carrying a firearm in plain view in a public place is allowed, subject to a valid permit48

Penalty for Illicit Firearm Possession

In St Vincent & Grenadines, the maximum penalty for unlawful possession of a firearm49 is 20 years in prison50 19

Collection, Amnesty and Destruction Programmes

Authorities in St Vincent & Grenadines are known to have51 implemented voluntary firearm surrender schemes, and/or weapon seizure programmes in order to reduce the number of illicit firearms in circulation

Destruction and Disposal Policy

In St Vincent & Grenadines, it is not state policy44 to destroy surplus, collected and seized firearms rather than return them to the secondary arms market

MeasuresInternational Controls

Regional Agreements

Organization of American States

On 14 November 1997, as a member of the Organisation of American States (OAS), St Vincent & Grenadines adopted the Inter-American Convention against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, Explosives, Ammunition and Other Related Materials (CIFTA), a legally binding multilateral treaty of which the OAS is depository. The CIFTA Convention has since been signed and ratified52 53 by St Vincent & Grenadines

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 signed54 by St Vincent & Grenadines.

Arms Trade Treaty

The Arms Trade Treaty has been signed and ratified55 by St Vincent & Grenadines

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 ratified56 by St Vincent & Grenadines

United Nations Small Arms Programme of Action UNPoA

UNPoA Commitment

On 21 July 2001, St Vincent & Grenadines 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 Aspects57

UNPoA National Reporting

Under the terms of its 2001 commitment to the United Nations small arms Programme of Action, St Vincent & Grenadines has yet to submit a national report58 59 on its implementation of the UNPoA

UNPoA National Point of Contact

In St Vincent & Grenadines, a National Point of Contact to deal with issues relating to the UNPoA has not been designated59

UNPoA International Assistance – Donor

Funds for UNPoA implementation have not been donated59 by St Vincent & Grenadines to other UN Member States

United Nations Small Arms Register

According to the United Nations Register of Conventional Arms, St Vincent & Grenadines has declared60 its small arms exports in one or more annual National Reports on Arms Exports.

United Nations Membership

In the UN List of Member States, St Vincent & Grenadines has been a Member State of the United Nations since 198061

Wassenaar Arrangement

The Wassenaar Arrangement on Export Controls and Conventional Arms and Dual-Use Goods and Technologies does not list62 St Vincent & Grenadines as a Participating State


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