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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 Trinidad & Tobago is

2017: 43,0001
2010: 30,0002 3 4 5
2005: 21,0002 6
:

Rate of Civilian Firearm Possession per 100 Population

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

2017: 3.157
2010: 2.32
2005: 1.63

Number of Privately Owned Rifles

In Trinidad & Tobago, the number of rifles in civilian possession is reported to be 1178

Number of Privately Owned Shotguns

In Trinidad & Tobago, the number of shotguns in civilian possession is reported to be 5,7468

Number of Privately Owned Handguns

In Trinidad & Tobago, the number of handguns in civilian possession is reported to be 1,9388

Number of Privately Owned Firearms - World Ranking

In a comparison of the number of privately owned guns in 206 countries, Trinidad & Tobago ranked at No. 1619

Rate of Privately Owned Firearms per 100 Population - World Ranking

In a comparison of the rate of privately owned guns in 206 countries, Trinidad & Tobago ranked at No.1339

Number of Licensed Firearm Owners

The number of licensed gun owners in Trinidad & Tobago is reported to be 10,55010

Rate of Licensed Firearm Owners per 100 Population

The rate of licensed firearm owners per 100 people in Trinidad & Tobago is 0.867

Number of Registered Firearms

ChartThe number of registered guns in Trinidad & Tobago is reported to be

2017: 10,5501
2010: 7,8013 4 5
2005: 7,8016
:

Rate of Registered Firearms per 100 Population

ChartThe rate of registered guns per 100 people in Trinidad & Tobago is

2017: 0.777
2006: 0.6
2005: 0.61

Estimated Number of Unregistered and Illicit Firearms

ChartUnregistered and unlawfully held guns cannot be counted,11 but in Trinidad & Tobago there are estimated to be

2017: 32,4501
2010: 22,1995
2005: 13,1996

Estimated Rate of Unregistered and Illicit Firearms per 100 Population

ChartUnregistered and unlawfully held guns cannot be counted,11 but in Trinidad & Tobago the rate of such firearms per 100 people is estimated to be

2017: 32,4501
2010: 22,1995
2005: 13,1996

Government Guns

Number of Military Firearms

The defence forces of Trinidad & Tobago are reported to have 7,69512 firearms

Number of Law Enforcement Firearms

Police in Trinidad & Tobago are reported to have 9,00013 14 firearms

ImpactsDeath and Injury

Total Number of Gun Deaths

ChartIn Trinidad & Tobago, annual deaths resulting from firearms total

2012: 29615
2011: 289
2010: 404
2009: 380
2008: 483
2007: 339
2006: 296
2005: 299
2004: 203
2003: 176
2001: 104
2000: 87
1995: 5216

Rate of All Gun Deaths per 100,000 People

ChartIn Trinidad & Tobago, the annual rate of all gun deaths per 100,000 population is

2012: 24.1115
2011: 23.52
2010: 32.85
2009: 30.86
2008: 39.18
2007: 27.46
2006: 23.93
2005: 24.13
2004: 16.34
2003: 14.13
2001: 8.33
2000: 6.95
1995: 4.11

Total Number of Male Gun Deaths

ChartIn Trinidad & Tobago, annual male deaths resulting from firearms total

2012: 27315
2011: 27915
2010: 371
2009: 363
2008: 450
2007: 323
2006: 278
2005: 286
2004: 197
2003: 169
2001: 94
2000: 78

Rate of Male Gun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn Trinidad & Tobago, the annual rate of male gun death per 100,000 population is

2011: 44.8815
2010: 61.41
2009: 61.20
2008: 73.99
2007: 54.20

Total Number of Female Gun Deaths

ChartIn Trinidad & Tobago, annual female deaths resulting from firearms total

2012: 2315
2011: 10
2010: 33
2009: 17
2008: 33
2007: 16
2006: 18
2005: 13
2004: 6
2003: 7
2001: 10
2000: 9

Rate of Female Gun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn Trinidad & Tobago, the annual rate of female gun death per 100,000 population is

2012: 3.8015
2011: 1.65
2010: 5.43
2009: 2.79
2008: 5.42
2007: 2.62
2006: 2.94
2005: 2.12
2004: 0.98
2003: 1.14
2001: 1.62
2000: 1.45

Homicides (any method)

ChartIn Trinidad & Tobago, annual homicides by any means total

2021: 44817
2020: 39518
2019: 53819
2018: 516
2017: 494
2016: 463
2015: 420
2014: 44920
2013: 402
2012: 379
2011: 352
2010: 474
2009: 507
2008: 547
2007: 421
2006: 371
2005: 386
2004: 446
2003: 229
2002: 171
2001: 151
2000: 120
1999: 11521
1998: 109
1997: 106
1996: 122
1995: 135

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

ChartIn Trinidad & Tobago, the annual rate of homicide by any means per 100,000 population is

2021: 32.0017
2020: 28.218
2019: 38.5719
2018: 37.13
2017: 35.69
2016: 33.61
2015: 30.65
2014: 36.6920
2013: 32.81
2012: 30.90
2011: 28.68
2010: 38.58
2009: 41.22
2008: 44.42
2007: 34.15
2006: 30.05
2005: 31.21
2004: 35.99
2003: 17.84
2002: 13.38
2001: 11.87
2000: 9.46
1999: 7.221 22
1998: 7.621
1997: 8.3
1996: 9.6
1995: 10.7

Male Homicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn Trinidad & Tobago, annual male homicides by any means total

2015: 59519
2014: 360
2013: 368
2012: 335
2011: 322
2010: 420
2009: 467
2008: 490
2007: 391
2006: 324
2005: 346
2004: 446

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

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

2015: 57.6919
2014: 53.42
2013: 54.94
2012: 50.33
2011: 48.67
2010: 63.87
2009: 75.01
2008: 78.64
2007: 62.70
2006: 51.90
2005: 55.34
2004: 71.21

Female Homicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn Trinidad & Tobago, annual female homicides by any means total

2015: 4219
2014: 45
2013: 39
2012: 45
2011: 30
2010: 53
2009: 40
2008: 57
2007: 30
2006: 47
2005: 40

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

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

2015: 4.1919
2014: 6.54
2013: 5.70
2012: 6.63
2011: 4.45
2010: 7.89
2009: 6.59
2008: 9.37
2007: 4.92
2006: 7.70
2005: 6.54

Gun Homicides

ChartIn Trinidad & Tobago, annual firearm homicides total

2015: 34019
2014: 304
2013: 320
2012: 292
2011: 250
2010: 356
2009: 345
2008: 448
2007: 318
2006: 271
2005: 27221 23
2004: 180
1995: 4416

Rate of Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Trinidad & Tobago, the annual rate of firearm homicide per 100,000 population is

2015: 24.8119
2014: 22.31
2013: 23.64
2012: 21.71
2011: 18.71
2010: 26.80
2009: 28.05
2008: 36.38
2007: 25.79
2006: 21.95
2005: 20.721 23 24
2004: 13.7
1995: 3.3816

Proportion of Homicides Committed With a Gun

ChartIn Trinidad & Tobago, the percentage of homicides committed with a firearm is reported to be

2013: 70%25
2012: 77%26
2011: 75%26 27 28
2010: 75%26 27
2009: 72%27
2008: 79%
2007: 78%
2006: 73%
2005: 70.5%21
2004: 69.0%

Male Gun Homicide Victims

ChartIn Trinidad & Tobago, annual male firearm homicides total

2015: 32619
2014: 285
2013: 308
2012: 281
2011: 241
2010: 328
2009: 329
2008: 417
2007: 303

Rate of Male Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Trinidad & Tobago, the annual rate of male firearm homicide per 100,000 population is

2015: 48.6019
2014: 42.60
2013: 46.20
2012: 42.40
2011: 36.60
2010: 49.90
2009: 52.85
2008: 66.93
2007: 48.59

Female Gun Homicide Victims

ChartIn Trinidad & Tobago, annual female firearm homicides total

2015: 1419
2014: 19
2013: 12
2012: 11
2011: 915
2010: 28
2009: 16
2008: 31
2007: 15

Rate of Female Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Trinidad & Tobago, the annual rate of female firearm homicide per 100,000 population is

2015: 219
2014: 2.80
2013: 1.80
2012: 1.60
2011: 1.30
2010: 4.20
2009: 2.63
2008: 5.10
2007: 2.46

Suicides (any method)

ChartIn Trinidad & Tobago, annual suicides by any means total

2016: 18629
2015: 185
2011: 13915
2010: 19329
2009: 12815
2008: 199
2007: 131
2006: 142
2005: 136
2004: 168
2003: 144
2002: 15830 31
2001: 17930
2000: 18929
1995: 10416

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

ChartIn Trinidad & Tobago, the annual rate of suicide by any means per 100,000 population is

2016: 15.2429
2015: 15.13
2011: 11.3215
2010: 15.7129
2009: 10.4115
2008: 16.16
2007: 10.63
2006: 10.7
2005: 10.3
2004: 12.8
2003: 11.0
2002: 12.130 32
2001: 13.830
2000: 15.10
1995: 7.9816

Male Suicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn Trinidad & Tobago, annual male suicides by any means total

2016: 15529
2015: 153
2011: 11215
2010: 155
2009: 107
2008: 163
2007: 111
2000: 147

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

ChartIn Trinidad & Tobago, the annual rate of male suicide by any means per 100,000 population is

2016: 25.0629
2015: 24.70
2011: 18.0215
2010: 24.92
2009: 17.19
2008: 26.16
2007: 17.80
2000: 23.28

Female Suicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn Trinidad & Tobago, annual female suicides by any means total

2016: 3129
2015: 31
2011: 2715
2010: 38
2009: 21
2008: 36
2007: 20
2000: 42

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

ChartIn Trinidad & Tobago, the annual rate of female suicide by any means per 100,000 population is

2016: 5.1529
2015: 5.14
2011: 4.4615
2010: 6.26
2009: 3.46
2008: 5.92
2007: 3.28
2000: 6.77

Gun Suicides

ChartIn Trinidad & Tobago, annual firearm suicides total

2012: 115
2011: 2
2010: 2
2009: 3
2008: 433
2007: 334
2006: 2
2004: 2
2003: 4
2001: 2
2000: 3
1995: 116

Rate of Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Trinidad & Tobago, the annual rate of firearm suicide per 100,000 population is

2012: 0.0815
2011: 0.16
2010: 0.16
2009: 0.24
2008: 0.32
2007: 0.24
2006: 0.16
2005:
2004: 0.16
2003: 0.32
2001: 0.16
2000: 0.24
1995: 0.0816

Male Gun Suicide Victims

ChartIn Trinidad & Tobago, annual male firearm suicides total

2012: 115
2011: 2
2010: 2
2009: 3
2008: 4
2007: 3
2006: 1
2004: 2
2003: 4
2001: 2
2000: 2

Rate of Male Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Trinidad & Tobago, the annual rate of male firearm suicide per 100,000 population is

2012: 0.1615
2011: 0.32
2010: 0.32
2009: 0.48
2008: 0.64
2007: 0.48
2006: 0.16
2004: 0.32
2003: 0.64
2001: 0.32
2000: 0.32

Female Gun Suicide Victims

In Trinidad & Tobago, annual female firearm suicides total

2010: 015

Rate of Female Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Trinidad & Tobago, the annual rate of female firearm suicide per 100,000 population is

2006: 0.1615
2000: 0.16

Unintentional Gun Deaths

ChartIn Trinidad & Tobago, annual unintentional shooting deaths total

2012: 215
2011: 2
2010: 3
2009: 3
2008: 433
2007: 334
2006: 1
2005: 4
2004: 1
2003: 8
2001: 1
1995: 716

Rate of Unintentional Gun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn Trinidad & Tobago, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death per 100,000 population is

2011: 0.1615
2010: 0.24
2009: 0.24
2008: 0.32
2007: 0.24
1995: 0.5416

Unintentional Male Gun Deaths

ChartIn Trinidad & Tobago, annual unintentional male shooting deaths total

2012: 115
2011: 2
2010: 1
2009: 3
2008: 2
2007: 3
2006: 1
2005: 4
2004: 1
2003: 6
2001: 1

Rate of Unintentional Male Gun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn Trinidad & Tobago, the annual rate of unintentional male shooting death per 100,000 population is

2012: 0.1615
2011: 0.32
2010: 0.16
2009: 0.48
2008: 0.32
2007: 0.48
2006: 0.16
2005: 0.64
2004: 0.16
2003: 0.96
2001: 0.16

Unintentional Female Gun Deaths

ChartIn Trinidad & Tobago, annual unintentional female shooting deaths total

2012: 115
2010: 2
2008: 2
2003: 2

Rate of Unintentional Female Gun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn Trinidad & Tobago, the annual rate of unintentional female shooting death per 100,000 population is

2012: 0.1715
2010: 0.33
2008: 0.33
2003: 0.33

Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn Trinidad & Tobago, annual shooting deaths in which the cause remains undecided total

2011: 115
2010: 115
2009: 16
2008: 1333
2007: 534

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

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

2011: 0.0815
2010: 0.08
2009: 1.30
2008: 1.06
2007: 0.41

Male Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn Trinidad & Tobago, annual male shooting deaths in which the cause remains undecided total

2011: 115
2010: 115
2009: 16
2008: 12
2007: 5

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

ChartIn Trinidad & Tobago, the annual rate of unknown-cause male shooting deaths per 100,000 population is

2011: 0.1615
2010: 0.16
2009: 2.57
2008: 1.93
2007: 0.80

Female Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn Trinidad & Tobago, annual female shooting deaths in which the cause remains undecided total

2010: 015
2008: 1

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

In Trinidad & Tobago, the annual rate of unknown-cause female shooting deaths per 100,000 population is

2008: 0.1615

Legal Intervention Gun Homicides

ChartIn Trinidad & Tobago, annual legal-intervention gun homicides total

2011: 2515
2010: 45
2009: 31
2008: 26
2007: 25

ProductionGun Industry

Regulation of Firearm Makers

In Trinidad & Tobago, the manufacture of small arms, ammunition and/or their components is prohibited35 36 37

TransfersGun Trade and Trafficking

Firearm Exports

In Trinidad & Tobago, firearm and ammunition exports are limited by transfer control law38 39 40 41 36

Small Arms Exports (US$) - Customs

ChartThe annual value of small arms and ammunition exports from Trinidad & Tobago is reported by Customs to be US$

2021: 10,00042
2016: 12,000
2015:
2014: 124,000
2013: 1,000
2012:
2011: 1,000
2010: 2,000
2009: 130,000
2008:
2007: 1,000
2006: 5,000
2005: 4,000
2004: 6,000
2003: 7,000
2002: 18,000

Firearm Imports

In Trinidad & Tobago, firearm and ammunition imports are limited by transfer control law43 44 45 40 41 36 46

Small Arms Imports (US$) - Customs

ChartThe annual value of small arms and ammunition imports to Trinidad & Tobago is reported by Customs to be US$

2021: 6,266,00047
2020: 3,113,000
2019: 2,224,000
2018: 839,000
2017: 823,000
2016: 1,928,000
2015: 4,222,000
2014: 2,839,000
2013: 1,874,000
2012: 943,000
2011: 1,616,000
2010: 3,663,000
2009: 7,347,000
2008: 2,915,000
2007: 619,000
2006: 2,780,000
2005: 2,700,000
2004: 728,000
2003: 703,000
2002: 360,000

Smuggling Guns and Ammunition

Reports suggest that the level of firearm and ammunition smuggling in Trinidad & Tobago is moderate48 49 50

Regulation of Arms Brokers

In Trinidad & Tobago, the activities of arms brokers and transfer intermediaries are specifically regulated by law51 52 53 54

End User Certificates

Customs regulations in Trinidad & Tobago include55 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 Trinidad & Tobago is categorised as restrictive56

Firearm Law

Guiding gun control legislation in Trinidad & Tobago includes the Firearms Act57 and its Regulation58

Firearm Regulation Authority

Guns in Trinidad & Tobago are regulated by the Commissioner of Police59 and the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS), Firearm Section10

Right to Possess Firearms

In Trinidad & Tobago, the right to private gun ownership is not guaranteed by law60 61 62

Restricted Firearms and Ammunition

In Trinidad & Tobago, civilians are not allowed to possess automatic firearms59 63 64

Regulation of Automatic Weapons

In Trinidad & Tobago, private possession of fully automatic weapons is prohibited59 28

Regulation of Semiautomatic Assault Weapons

In Trinidad & Tobago, private possession of semi-automatic assault weapons is permitted under licence59

Regulation of Handguns

In Trinidad & Tobago, private possession of handguns (pistols and revolvers) is permitted under licence59 28

Law Regulates Long Guns

In Trinidad & Tobago, civilian possession of rifles and shotguns is regulated by law59 28

Gun Ownership and Possession

In Trinidad & Tobago, only licensed gun owners63 65 66 28 may lawfully acquire, possess or transfer a firearm or ammunition

Genuine Reason Required for Firearm Possession

Applicants for a gun owner’s licence in Trinidad & Tobago are required to establish a genuine reason to possess a firearm64

Minimum Age for Firearm Possession

The minimum age for gun ownership in Trinidad & Tobago is 25 years64

Gun Owner Background Checks

An applicant for a firearm licence in Trinidad & Tobago must pass a background check which considers criminal, mental health, domestic violence and addiction67 64 68 28 records

Reference Required for Firearm Licence

In Trinidad & Tobago, third party character references for each gun licence applicant are not required62

Partner to be Advised or Interviewed

In Trinidad & Tobago, licensing authorities are required69 to conduct interviews with, or to advise an applicant's spouse, partner, or next of kin before issuing a gun licence

Domestic Violence and Firearms

Where a past history, or apprehended likelihood of family violence exists, the law in Trinidad & Tobago stipulates68 that a gun licence should be denied or revoked

Firearm Safety Training

In Trinidad & Tobago, an understanding of firearm safety and the law, tested in a theoretical and/or practical training course is required65 for a firearm licence

Gun Owner Licensing Period

In Trinidad & Tobago, gun owners must re-apply and re-qualify for their firearm licence every three years64

Licensing Records

In Trinidad & Tobago, authorities maintain a record70 71 72 73 of individual civilians licensed to acquire, possess, sell or transfer a firearm or ammunition

Limit on Number of Guns

Licensed firearm owners in Trinidad & Tobago are permitted to possess only the number of firearms specified on their licence74

Limit on Quantity, Type of Ammunition

Licensed firearm owners in Trinidad & Tobago are permitted to possess only the quantity of ammunition indicated in the licence74

Firearm Registration

Civilian Gun Registration

In Trinidad & Tobago, the law requires70 75 71 72 73 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 Trinidad & Tobago, licensed firearm dealers are required76 77 to keep a record of each firearm or ammunition purchase, sale or transfer on behalf of a regulating authority

State-Owned Firearm Records

In Trinidad & Tobago, State agencies are required78 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 Trinidad & Tobago, the private sale and transfer of firearms is prohibited without a Firearm Disposal Permit59 67

Regulation of Dealer Gun Sales

In Trinidad & Tobago, dealing in firearms by way of business without a valid gun dealer’s licence is unlawful53 54 79 67

Background Checks for Private Gun Sales

The buyer of a firearm in a private sale in Trinidad & Tobago is obliged67 to pass official background checks before taking possession

Background Checks for Dealer Gun Sales

The buyer of a firearm from a licensed gun dealer in Trinidad & Tobago is obliged67 to pass official background checks before taking possession

Number of Licensed Gun Dealers

The number of licensed firearm dealers in Trinidad & Tobago is reported to be

2008: 1810

Waiting Period for Gun Possession

In Trinidad & Tobago, the minimum wait for a lawful firearm purchase to be completed is undetermined62

Regulation of Gun Shows

In Trinidad & Tobago, gun shows and temporary firearm dealing events are not regulated62 in law

Storage and Transport of Guns and Ammunition

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Private

Firearm regulations in Trinidad & Tobago include80 81 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 Trinidad & Tobago include81 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition by licensed arms dealers

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Government

Government regulations in Trinidad & Tobago include82 78 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition by state entities

Firearm and Ammunition Transport Regulations

Regulations in Trinidad & Tobago do not include62 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition while in transit

Carrying Guns

Law Regulates Firearms in Public

In Trinidad & Tobago, carrying a gun in a public place is regulated by law83 84 85 28

Carrying Guns Openly in Public

In Trinidad & Tobago, carrying a firearm in plain view in a public place is allowed, subject to a valid permit83

Carrying Hidden Handguns in Public

In Trinidad & Tobago, carrying a concealed firearm in a public place is allowed, subject to a valid permit83

Gun Free Zones

In Trinidad & Tobago, private guns are prohibited in all ordinary Courts of Law, the Senate and the House of Representatives85

Penalty for Illicit Firearm Possession

In Trinidad & Tobago, the maximum penalty for unlawful possession of a firearm86 is 15 years in prison63 87 35 53 83 84

MeasuresInternational Controls

Regional Agreements

Organization of American States

On 14 November 1997, as a member of the Organisation of American States (OAS), Trinidad & Tobago 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 ratified88 89 by Trinidad & Tobago

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 signed90 by Trinidad & Tobago.

Arms Trade Treaty

The Arms Trade Treaty has been signed and ratified91 by Trinidad & Tobago

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 acceded to92 by Trinidad & Tobago

United Nations Small Arms Programme of Action UNPoA

UNPoA Commitment

On 21 July 2001, Trinidad & Tobago 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 Aspects93

UNPoA Implementation Monitor Score

In its UN small arms Programme of Action Implementation Monitor (PoAIM Phase 1), the Small Arms Survey scored Trinidad & Tobago against its commitments to the PoA, then ranked it at No. 3394 95 96 97 among 159 Member States

UNPoA National Reporting

Under the terms of its 2001 commitment to the United Nations small arms Programme of Action, Trinidad & Tobago has submitted one or more national reports98 99 on its implementation of the UNPoA

UNPoA National Point of Contact

In Trinidad & Tobago, a National Point of Contact to deal with issues relating to the UNPoA has been designated99

UNPoA National Coordinating Body

In Trinidad & Tobago, a National Coordinating Body to deal with issues relating to the UNPoA has been designated99

UNPoA Civil Society Involvement and Support

In National Reports of Trinidad & Tobago submitted to the UN from 2001 to 2010, a history of substantive cooperation with civil society in support of UNPoA activities was not apparent99

UNPoA International Assistance – Donor

Funds for UNPoA implementation have not been donated99 by Trinidad & Tobago to other UN Member States

United Nations Small Arms Register

According to the United Nations Register of Conventional Arms, Trinidad & Tobago has declared100 its small arms exports in one or more annual National Reports on Arms Exports.

United Nations Membership

In the UN List of Member States, Trinidad & Tobago has been a Member State of the United Nations since 1962101

Wassenaar Arrangement

The Wassenaar Arrangement on Export Controls and Conventional Arms and Dual-Use Goods and Technologies does not list102 Trinidad & Tobago 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 16,103 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 Trinidad & Tobago, annual homicides by any means total

2021: 44817
2020: 39518
2019: 53819
2018: 516
2017: 494
2016: 463
2015: 420
2014: 44920
2013: 402
2012: 379
2011: 352
2010: 474
2009: 507
2008: 547
2007: 421
2006: 371
2005: 386
2004: 446
2003: 229
2002: 171
2001: 151
2000: 120
1999: 11521
1998: 109
1997: 106
1996: 122
1995: 135

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

ChartIn Trinidad & Tobago, the annual rate of homicide by any means per 100,000 population is

2021: 32.0017
2020: 28.218
2019: 38.5719
2018: 37.13
2017: 35.69
2016: 33.61
2015: 30.65
2014: 36.6920
2013: 32.81
2012: 30.90
2011: 28.68
2010: 38.58
2009: 41.22
2008: 44.42
2007: 34.15
2006: 30.05
2005: 31.21
2004: 35.99
2003: 17.84
2002: 13.38
2001: 11.87
2000: 9.46
1999: 7.221 22
1998: 7.621
1997: 8.3
1996: 9.6
1995: 10.7

Male Homicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn Trinidad & Tobago, annual male homicides by any means total

2015: 59519
2014: 360
2013: 368
2012: 335
2011: 322
2010: 420
2009: 467
2008: 490
2007: 391
2006: 324
2005: 346
2004: 446

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

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

2015: 57.6919
2014: 53.42
2013: 54.94
2012: 50.33
2011: 48.67
2010: 63.87
2009: 75.01
2008: 78.64
2007: 62.70
2006: 51.90
2005: 55.34
2004: 71.21

Female Homicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn Trinidad & Tobago, annual female homicides by any means total

2015: 4219
2014: 45
2013: 39
2012: 45
2011: 30
2010: 53
2009: 40
2008: 57
2007: 30
2006: 47
2005: 40

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

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

2015: 4.1919
2014: 6.54
2013: 5.70
2012: 6.63
2011: 4.45
2010: 7.89
2009: 6.59
2008: 9.37
2007: 4.92
2006: 7.70
2005: 6.54

Gun Homicides

ChartIn Trinidad & Tobago, annual firearm homicides total

2015: 34019
2014: 304
2013: 320
2012: 292
2011: 250
2010: 356
2009: 345
2008: 448
2007: 318
2006: 271
2005: 27221 23
2004: 180
1995: 4416

Rate of Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Trinidad & Tobago, the annual rate of firearm homicide per 100,000 population is

2015: 24.8119
2014: 22.31
2013: 23.64
2012: 21.71
2011: 18.71
2010: 26.80
2009: 28.05
2008: 36.38
2007: 25.79
2006: 21.95
2005: 20.721 23 24
2004: 13.7
1995: 3.3816

Proportion of Homicides Committed With a Gun

ChartIn Trinidad & Tobago, the percentage of homicides committed with a firearm is reported to be

2013: 70%25
2012: 77%26
2011: 75%26 27 28
2010: 75%26 27
2009: 72%27
2008: 79%
2007: 78%
2006: 73%
2005: 70.5%21
2004: 69.0%

Male Gun Homicide Victims

ChartIn Trinidad & Tobago, annual male firearm homicides total

2015: 32619
2014: 285
2013: 308
2012: 281
2011: 241
2010: 328
2009: 329
2008: 417
2007: 303

Rate of Male Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Trinidad & Tobago, the annual rate of male firearm homicide per 100,000 population is

2015: 48.6019
2014: 42.60
2013: 46.20
2012: 42.40
2011: 36.60
2010: 49.90
2009: 52.85
2008: 66.93
2007: 48.59

Female Gun Homicide Victims

ChartIn Trinidad & Tobago, annual female firearm homicides total

2015: 1419
2014: 19
2013: 12
2012: 11
2011: 915
2010: 28
2009: 16
2008: 31
2007: 15

Rate of Female Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Trinidad & Tobago, the annual rate of female firearm homicide per 100,000 population is

2015: 219
2014: 2.80
2013: 1.80
2012: 1.60
2011: 1.30
2010: 4.20
2009: 2.63
2008: 5.10
2007: 2.46

Conflict Deaths

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

Disarmament

Authorities in Trinidad & Tobago are known to have104 105 implemented voluntary firearm surrender schemes, and/or weapon seizure programmes in order to reduce the number of illicit firearms in circulation

Firearms Surrendered and Seized

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

2014: 535104
2013: 419105 106
2012: 429105
2011: 425105 107
2010: 384105 108
2008: 432109 108
2007: 322
2006: 329
2005: 289109
2004: 213
2003: 238
2002: 119
2001: 173
2000: 143
1999: 129
1998: 140

Small Arms Destroyed

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

2014: 874110
2013: 39111
2011: 1,155112 108

Destruction and Disposal Policy

In Trinidad & Tobago, it is state policy113 82 108 to destroy surplus, collected and seized firearms rather than return them to the secondary arms market

Marking and Tracing

Firearm Marking

In Trinidad & Tobago, a unique identifying mark on each firearm is required by law43 73 114 115

Firearm Tracing

In Trinidad & Tobago, state authorities carry out43 114 116 117 118 recognised arms tracing and tracking procedures

Ballistic Record of Firearms and Ammunition

In Trinidad & Tobago, the ballistic characteristics of each civilian firearm and its ammunition will be114 recorded in a register

Global Peace Index

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


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