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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 Vanuatu is

2017: 11,0001
2002: 4,7002

Rate of Civilian Firearm Possession per 100 Population

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

2017: 3.901
2002: 2.272

Number of Registered Firearms

The number of registered guns in Vanuatu is reported to be

2017: 4,7001

Estimated Number of Unregistered and Illicit Firearms

Unregistered and unlawfully held guns cannot be counted,3 but in Vanuatu there are estimated to be

2017: 6,3001

Government Guns

Routine Arming of Police

In Vanuatu, police officers on routine patrol do not carry a firearm4

Number of Law Enforcement Firearms

Police in Vanuatu are reported to have 3505 firearms

ImpactsDeath and Injury

Homicides (any method)

ChartIn Vanuatu, annual homicides by any means total

2015: 66
2012: 77
2010: 5
2008: 28

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

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

2015: 2.076
2012: 2.97
2010: 2.23
2008: 0.98
2004: 1.189
2002: 1.30

Male Homicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn Vanuatu, annual male homicides by any means total

2015: 410
2010: 410

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

In Vanuatu, the annual rate of male homicide by any means per 100,000 population is

2015: 3.1610

Female Homicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn Vanuatu, annual female homicides by any means total

2015: 110
2010: 2

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

In Vanuatu, the annual rate of female homicide by any means per 100,000 population is

2015: 1.0710

Suicides (any method)

ChartIn Vanuatu, annual suicides by any means total

2016: 1211
2015: 12
2010: 12
2000: 14

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

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

2016: 4.3211
2015: 4.41
2010: 4.89
2000: 7.32

Male Suicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn Vanuatu, annual male suicides by any means total

2016: 911
2015: 9
2010: 9
2000: 10

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

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

2016: 6.4911
2015: 6.61
2010: 7.30
2000: 10.24

Female Suicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn Vanuatu, annual female suicides by any means total

2016: 311
2015: 3
2010: 3
2000: 4

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

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

2016: 2.1611
2015: 2.20
2010: 2.46
2000: 4.27

ProductionGun Industry

Regulation of Firearm Makers

In Vanuatu, the manufacture of small arms, ammunition and/or their components is prohibited12 13

TransfersGun Trade and Trafficking

Firearm Exports

In Vanuatu, firearm and ammunition exports are limited by transfer control law14 15 16

Small Arms Exports (US$) - Customs

The annual value of small arms and ammunition exports from Vanuatu is reported by Customs to be US$2,18517 (2011)

Firearm Imports

In Vanuatu, firearm and ammunition imports are limited by transfer control law18 19 20 14 15 16

Small Arms Imports (US$) - Customs

The annual value of small arms and ammunition imports to Vanuatu is reported by Customs to be US$374,82117 (2011)

Regulation of Arms Brokers

In Vanuatu, the activities of arms brokers and transfer intermediaries are specifically regulated by law21 22

End User Certificates

Customs regulations in Vanuatu include15 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 Vanuatu is categorised as restrictive23

Firearm Law

Guiding gun control legislation in Vanuatu includes the Firearms Act 198824 and Firearms Regulations 198825

Firearm Regulation Authority

Guns in Vanuatu are regulated by the Commissioner of Police and Licensing Officers appointed by the Commissioner26

Right to Possess Firearms

In Vanuatu, the right to private gun ownership is not guaranteed by law27 28 29

Restricted Firearms and Ammunition

In Vanuatu, civilians are not allowed to possess automatic firearms,30 semi-automatic firearms, all handguns, pistols or revolvers, any firearms and ammunition of calibre .300, .303, .38, .45 inches, and 7.62 and 9mm,18 or air guns31

Regulation of Automatic Weapons

In Vanuatu, private possession of fully automatic weapons is prohibited18 30 32

Regulation of Semiautomatic Assault Weapons

In Vanuatu, private possession of semi-automatic assault weapons is prohibited18

Regulation of Handguns

In Vanuatu, private possession of handguns (pistols and revolvers) is prohibited18 32

Law Regulates Long Guns

In Vanuatu, civilian possession of rifles and shotguns is regulated by law32

Gun Ownership and Possession

In Vanuatu, only licensed gun owners33 34 32 may lawfully acquire, possess or transfer a firearm or ammunition

Genuine Reason Required for Firearm Possession

Applicants for a gun owner’s licence in Vanuatu are required to establish a genuine reason to possess a firearm, for example farming34 35

Minimum Age for Firearm Possession

The minimum age for gun ownership in Vanuatu is 18 years36

Gun Owner Background Checks

An applicant for a firearm licence in Vanuatu must pass a background check which considers criminal, mental health, addiction, and other various34 37 32 records

Reference Required for Firearm Licence

In Vanuatu, third party character references for each gun licence applicant are not required29

Domestic Violence and Firearms

Where a past history, or apprehended likelihood of family violence exists, the law in Vanuatu does not stipulate29 that a gun licence should be denied or revoked

Firearm Safety Training

In Vanuatu, an understanding of firearm safety and the law, tested in a theoretical and/or practical training course is not required29 for a firearm licence

Gun Owner Licensing Period

In Vanuatu, gun owners must re-apply and re-qualify for their firearm licence every one year34 38 20

Licensing Records

In Vanuatu, authorities maintain a record38 of individual civilians licensed to acquire, possess, sell or transfer a firearm or ammunition

Limit on Number of Guns

Licensed firearm owners in Vanuatu are permitted to possess only the types of firearm specified on the firearm licence34

Limit on Quantity, Type of Ammunition

Licensed firearm owners in Vanuatu are permitted to possess only the quantity and type of ammunition specific on the firearm licence34

Firearm Registration

Civilian Gun Registration

In Vanuatu, the law require39 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 Vanuatu, licensed firearm dealers are required38 40 20 to keep a record of each firearm or ammunition purchase, sale or transfer on behalf of a regulating authority

State-Owned Firearm Records

In Vanuatu, State agencies are required39 41 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 Vanuatu, dealing in firearms by way of business without a valid gun dealer’s licence is unlawful12 38

Storage and Transport of Guns and Ammunition

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Private

Firearm regulations in Vanuatu include34 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 Vanuatu include38 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition by licensed arms dealers

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Government

Government regulations in Vanuatu include41 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition by state entities

Firearm and Ammunition Transport Regulations

Regulations in Vanuatu do not include29 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition while in transit

Carrying Guns

Carrying Guns Openly in Public

In Vanuatu, carrying a firearm in plain view in a public place is prohibited42 32

Carrying Hidden Handguns in Public

In Vanuatu, carrying a concealed firearm in a public place is prohibited42 32

Penalty for Illicit Firearm Possession

In Vanuatu, the maximum penalty for unlawful possession of a firearm43 is six months in prison44

MeasuresInternational Controls

Regional Agreements

Pacific Islands Forum

As a member of the Pacific Islands Forum, Vanuatu adopted the March, 2000 Nadi Framework agreement, which aims to harmonise small arms-related legislation across Oceania. In August 2003, the Nadi Framework’s draft model Weapons Control Bill was unanimously accepted for consideration by all 16 member states of the Pacific Islands Forum45 46

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 200847 by Vanuatu.

Arms Trade Treaty

The Arms Trade Treaty has been signed, but not yet ratified48 by Vanuatu

United Nations Firearms Protocol

The United Nations Protocol against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, Their Parts and Components and Ammunition has not been signed49 by Vanuatu

United Nations Small Arms Programme of Action UNPoA

UNPoA Commitment

On 21 July 2001, Vanuatu 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 Aspects50

UNPoA National Reporting

Under the terms of its 2001 commitment to the United Nations small arms Programme of Action, Vanuatu has yet to submit a national report51 52 on its implementation of the UNPoA

UNPoA National Point of Contact

In Vanuatu, a National Point of Contact to deal with issues relating to the UNPoA has not been designated53 52

UNPoA National Coordinating Body

In Vanuatu, a National Coordinating Body to deal with issues relating to the UNPoA has not been designated53 52

UNPoA Civil Society Involvement and Support

In National Reports of Vanuatu submitted to the UN from 2001 to 2010, a history of substantive cooperation with civil society in support of UNPoA activities was not apparent53 52

UNPoA International Assistance – Donor

Funds for UNPoA implementation have not been donated52 by Vanuatu to other UN Member States

UNPoA International Assistance – Recipient

Funds for UNPoA implementation have been provided52 to Vanuatu by other UN Member States

United Nations Small Arms Register

According to the United Nations Register of Conventional Arms, Vanuatu has not declared54 its small arms exports in one or more annual National Reports on Arms Exports.

United Nations Membership

In the UN List of Member States, Vanuatu has been a Member State of the United Nations since 198155

Wassenaar Arrangement

The Wassenaar Arrangement on Export Controls and Conventional Arms and Dual-Use Goods and Technologies does not list56 Vanuatu 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 16,57 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 Vanuatu, annual homicides by any means total

2015: 66
2012: 77
2010: 5
2008: 28

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

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

2015: 2.076
2012: 2.97
2010: 2.23
2008: 0.98
2004: 1.189
2002: 1.30

Male Homicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn Vanuatu, annual male homicides by any means total

2015: 410
2010: 410

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

In Vanuatu, the annual rate of male homicide by any means per 100,000 population is

2015: 3.1610

Female Homicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn Vanuatu, annual female homicides by any means total

2015: 110
2010: 2

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

In Vanuatu, the annual rate of female homicide by any means per 100,000 population is

2015: 1.0710

Conflict Deaths

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

Disarmament

Firearms Surrendered and Seized

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

2016: 2458

Destruction and Disposal Policy

In Vanuatu, it is state policy59 to destroy surplus, collected and seized firearms rather than return them to the secondary arms market

Marking and Tracing

Firearm Marking

In Vanuatu, a unique identifying mark on each firearm required by law39 60

Firearm Tracing

In Vanuatu, state authorities do not carry out29 recognised arms tracing and tracking procedures

Ballistic Record of Firearms and Ammunition

In Vanuatu, the ballistic characteristics of each civilian firearm and its ammunition are not29 recorded in a register

Global Peace Index

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


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