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Civilian Guns

Number of Privately Owned Firearms

The estimated total number of guns (both licit and illicit) held by civilians in the Virgin Islands (US) is

2017: 18,0001

Rate of Civilian Firearm Possession per 100 Population

The estimated rate of private gun ownership (both licit and illicit) per 100 people in the Virgin Islands (US) is

2017: 16.601

Proportion of Adults Living in a Home With a Gun

In the Virgin Islands (US), the percentage of adults living in a household with a firearm is reported to be

2001: 8.3%2

Government Guns

Number of Law Enforcement Firearms

Police in the Virgin Islands (US) are reported to have 3003 firearms

ImpactsDeath and Injury

Total Number of Gun Deaths

ChartIn the Virgin Islands (US), annual deaths resulting from firearms total

2017: 544
2016: 39
2015: 364
2012: 454
2011: 41
2010: 535
2009: 52
2008: 44
2007: 38
2006: 45
2005: 30
2004: 36
2003: 28
2001: 27
2000: 22

Rate of All Gun Deaths per 100,000 People

ChartIn the Virgin Islands (US), the annual rate of all gun deaths per 100,000 population is

2017: 50.234
2016: 36.21
2015: 33.37
2012: 41.55
2011: 37.84
2010: 48.89
2009: 47.97
2008: 40.61
2007: 35.06
2006: 41.49
2005: 27.66
2004: 33.18
2003: 25.80
2001: 24.87
2000: 20.25

Total Number of Male Gun Deaths

ChartIn the Virgin Islands (US), annual male deaths resulting from firearms total

2017: 514
2016: 35
2015: 354
2012: 444
2011: 38
2010: 47
2009: 50
2008: 43
2007: 35
2006: 38
2005: 28
2004: 34
2003: 28
2001: 25
2000: 21

Rate of Male Gun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn the Virgin Islands (US), the annual rate of male gun death per 100,000 population is

2017: 99.224
2016: 67.92
2015: 67.77
2012: 84.75
2011: 73.14
2010: 90.44
2009: 96.23
2008: 82.83
2007: 67.42
2006: 73.18
2005: 53.94
2004: 65.51
2003: 53.98
2001: 48.21
2000: 40.49

Total Number of Female Gun Deaths

ChartIn the Virgin Islands (US), annual female deaths resulting from firearms total

2017: 34
2016: 4
2015: 1
2012: 1
2011: 3
2010: 6
2009: 2
2008: 1
2007: 3
2006: 7
2005: 2
2004: 2
2001: 2
2000: 1

Rate of Female Gun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn the Virgin Islands (US), the annual rate of female gun death per 100,000 population is

2017: 5.354
2016: 7.12
2015: 1.78
2012: 1.77
2011: 5.32
2010: 10.63
2009: 3.54
2008: 1.77
2007: 5.31
2006: 12.38
2005: 3.54
2004: 3.53
2001: 3.53
2000: 1.76

Homicides (any method)

ChartIn the Virgin Islands (US), annual homicides by any means total

2017: 544
2016: 41
2015: 43
2012: 51
2011: 45
2010: 566
2009: 49
2008: 45
2007: 436 7
2006: 43
2005: 35
2004: 37
2003: 31
2002: 41
2001: 28
2000: 23
1999: 277

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

ChartIn the Virgin Islands (US), the annual rate of homicide by any means per 100,000 population is

2019: 4
2018:
2017: 50.34
2016: 38.14
2015: 39.92
2014:
2013:
2012: 47.14
2011: 41.55
2010: 51.68
2009: 45.20
2008: 41.51
2007: 39.69
2006: 39.68
2005: 32.27
2004: 34.11
2003: 28.57
2002: 37.86 7
2001: 25.79
2000: 21.17
1999: 24.97
1998: 22.9
1997: 27.6

Male Homicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn the Virgin Islands (US), annual male homicides by any means total

2017: 524
2016: 36
2015: 404
2012: 49
2011: 42
2010: 498
2009: 47
2008: 43
2007: 40
2006: 39
2005: 32
2004: 36
2003: 28
2001: 26
2000: 20

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

ChartIn the Virgin Islands (US), the annual rate of male homicide by any means per 100,000 population is

2019: 4
2018:
2017: 101.47
2016: 70.04
2015: 77.62
2014:
2013:
2012: 94.50
2011: 80.90
2010: 94.31
2009: 90.44
2008: 82.76
2007: 77.05
2006: 75.12
2005: 61.62
2004: 69.35
2003: 53.95
2001: 50.14
2000: 38.56

Female Homicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn the Virgin Islands (US), annual female homicides by any means total

2017: 24
2016: 5
2015: 34
2012: 24
2011: 3
2010: 78
2009: 2
2008: 2
2007: 3
2006: 4
2005: 3
2004: 1
2003: 3
2001: 2
2000: 3

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

ChartIn the Virgin Islands (US), the annual rate of female homicide by any means per 100,000 population is

2017: 3.574
2016: 8.91
2015: 5.34
2014:
2013:
2012: 3.55
2011: 5.32
2010: 12.41
2009: 3.54
2008: 3.54
2007: 5.32
2006: 7.09
2005: 5.31
2004: 1.77
2003: 5.30
2001: 3.53
2000: 5.28

Gun Homicides

ChartIn the Virgin Islands (US), annual firearm homicides total

2017: 484
2016: 39
2015: 354
2014: 219
2013: 14
2012: 434
2011: 38
2010: 48
2009: 45
2008: 42
2007: 35
2006: 38
2005: 28
2004: 30
2003: 25
2001: 22
2000: 17

Rate of Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn the Virgin Islands (US), the annual rate of firearm homicide per 100,000 population is

2019: 4
2018:
2017: 44.75
2016: 36.28
2015: 32.49
2014:
2013:
2012: 39.74
2011: 35.09
2010: 44.30
2009: 41.51
2008: 38.75
2007: 32.31
2006: 35.06
2005: 25.82
2004: 27.66
2003: 23.04
2001: 20.27
2000: 15.65

Male Gun Homicide Victims

ChartIn the Virgin Islands (US), annual male firearm homicides total

2017: 464
2016: 35
2015: 344
2012: 424
2011: 36
2010: 44
2009: 43
2008: 41
2007: 32
2006: 35
2005: 26
2004: 29
2003: 25
2001: 20
2000: 16

Rate of Male Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn the Virgin Islands (US), the annual rate of male firearm homicide per 100,000 population is

2017: 89.764
2016: 68.09
2015: 65.98
2014:
2013:
2012: 81
2011: 69.34
2010: 84.69
2009: 82.74
2008: 78.91
2007: 61.64
2006: 67.42
2005: 50.07
2004: 55.87
2003: 48.17
2001: 38.57
2000: 30.85

Female Gun Homicide Victims

ChartIn the Virgin Islands (US), annual female firearm homicides total

2017: 24
2016: 4
2015: 14
2012: 14
2011: 2
2010: 4
2009: 2
2008: 1
2007: 3
2006: 3
2005: 2
2004: 1
2001: 2
2000: 1

Rate of Female Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn the Virgin Islands (US), the annual rate of female firearm homicide per 100,000 population is

2017: 3.574
2016: 7.13
2015: 1.78
2014:
2013:
2012: 1.77
2011: 3.55
2010: 7.09
2009: 3.54
2008: 1.77
2007: 5.32
2006: 5.31
2005: 3.54
2004: 1.77
2003:
2001: 3.53
2000: 1.76

Handgun Homicides

ChartIn the Virgin Islands (US), annual handgun homicides total

2014: 179
2013: 13
2012: 28
2011: 27
2010: 36

Rate of Handgun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn the Virgin Islands (US), the annual rate of handgun homicide per 100,000 population is

2014: 16.3210
2013: 12.41
2012: 26.60
2011: 25.52
2010: 33.88

Long Gun Homicides

ChartIn the Virgin Islands (US), annual long gun homicides total

2014: 49
2013: 0
2012: 3
2011: 0
2010: 1

Rate of Long Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn the Virgin Islands (US), the annual rate of long gun homicide per 100,000 population is

2014: 3.8410
2013: 0.00
2012: 2.85
2011: 0.00
2010: 0.94

Gun Homicides (Other)

ChartIn the Virgin Islands (US), annual gun homicides (other) total

2014: 09
2013: 1
2012: 11
2011: 4
2010: 4

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

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

2014: 0.0010
2013: 0.95
2012: 10.45
2011: 3.78
2010: 3.76

Suicides (any method)

ChartIn the Virgin Islands (US), annual suicides by any means total

2017: 154
2016: 2
2015: 4
2012: 12
2011: 10
2010: 10
2009: 12
2008: 8
2007: 14
2006: 20
2005: 3
2004: 7
2003: 12
2001: 6
2000: 8

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

ChartIn the Virgin Islands (US), the annual rate of suicide by any means per 100,000 population is

2019: 04
2018: 0
2017: 13.98
2016: 1.86
2015: 3.71
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 11.09
2011: 9.23
2010: 9.23
2009: 11.07
2008: 7.38
2007: 12.92
2006: 18.46
2005: 2.77
2004: 6.45
2003: 11.06
2001: 5.53
2000: 7.36

Male Suicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn the Virgin Islands (US), annual male suicides by any means total

2017: 134
2016: 2
2015: 4
2012: 8
2011: 7
2010: 6
2009: 12
2008: 7
2007: 11
2006: 13
2005: 3
2004: 7
2003: 11
2001: 6
2000: 8

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

ChartIn the Virgin Islands (US), the annual rate of male suicide by any means per 100,000 population is

2017: 25.374
2016: 3.89
2015: 7.76
2012: 15.43
2011: 13.48
2010: 11.55
2009: 23.09
2008: 13.47
2007: 21.19
2006: 25.04
2005: 5.78
2004: 13.49
2003: 21.20
2001: 11.57
2000: 15.42

Female Suicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn the Virgin Islands (US), annual female suicides by any means total

2017: 24
2012: 44
2011: 3
2010: 4
2008: 1
2007: 3
2006: 7
2003: 1

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

ChartIn the Virgin Islands (US), the annual rate of female suicide by any means per 100,000 population is

2017: 3.574
2012: 7.10
2011: 5.32
2010: 7.09
2008: 1.77
2007: 5.32
2006: 12.40
2003: 1.77

Gun Suicides

ChartIn the Virgin Islands (US), annual firearm suicides total

2017: 54
2015: 1
2012: 2
2011: 2
2010: 25
2009: 3
2008: 2
2007: 3
2006: 5
2005: 1
2004: 2
2003: 3
2001: 2
2000: 3

Rate of Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn the Virgin Islands (US), the annual rate of firearm suicide per 100,000 population is

2017: 4.654
2016:
2015: 0.93
2014:
2013:
2012: 1.85
2011: 1.85
2010: 1.84
2009: 2.77
2008: 1.85
2007: 2.77
2006: 4.61
2005: 0.92
2004: 1.84
2003: 2.76
2001: 1.84
2000: 2.76

Male Gun Suicide Victims

ChartIn the Virgin Islands (US), annual male firearm suicides total

2017: 44
2015: 1
2012: 2
2011: 1
2010: 1
2009: 3
2008: 2
2007: 3
2006: 3
2005: 1
2004: 2
2003: 3
2001: 2
2000: 3

Rate of Male Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn the Virgin Islands (US), the annual rate of male firearm suicide per 100,000 population is

2017: 7.814
2015: 1.94
2012: 3.86
2011: 1.93
2010: 1.92
2009: 5.77
2008: 3.85
2007: 5.78
2006: 5.78
2005: 1.93
2004: 3.85
2003: 5.78
2001: 3.86
2000: 5.78

Female Gun Suicide Victims

ChartIn the Virgin Islands (US), annual female firearm suicides total

2017: 14
2012: 0
2011: 1
2010: 1
2006: 2

Rate of Female Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn the Virgin Islands (US), the annual rate of female firearm suicide per 100,000 population is

2017: 1.784
2011: 1.77
2010: 1.77
2006: 3.54

Unintentional Gun Deaths

ChartIn the Virgin Islands (US), annual unintentional shooting deaths total

2012: 04
2011: 1
2010: 35
2009: 3
2006: 1
2005: 1
2004: 1
2001: 1

Rate of Unintentional Gun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn the Virgin Islands (US), the annual rate of unintentional shooting death per 100,000 population is

2012: 04
2011: 0.924
2010: 2.77
2009: 2.77

Unintentional Male Gun Deaths

ChartIn the Virgin Islands (US), annual unintentional male shooting deaths total

2012: 04
2011: 1
2010: 2
2009: 3
2005: 1
2001: 1

Rate of Unintentional Male Gun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn the Virgin Islands (US), the annual rate of unintentional male shooting death per 100,000 population is

2011: 1.934
2010: 3.85
2009: 5.77
2005: 1.93
2001: 1.93

Unintentional Female Gun Deaths

ChartIn the Virgin Islands (US), annual unintentional female shooting deaths total

2012: 04
2011: 0
2010: 1
2006: 1
2004: 1

Rate of Unintentional Female Gun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn the Virgin Islands (US), the annual rate of unintentional female shooting death per 100,000 population is

2010: 1.774
2006: 1.77
2004: 1.77

Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn the Virgin Islands (US), annual shooting deaths in which the cause remains undecided total

2012: 04
2011: 0
2010: 0

Male Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn the Virgin Islands (US), annual male shooting deaths in which the cause remains undecided total

2012: 04
2011: 0
2010: 0

Female Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn the Virgin Islands (US), annual female shooting deaths in which the cause remains undecided total

2012: 04
2011: 0
2010: 0

Non-fatal Gun Injuries

ChartIn the Virgin Islands (US), the annual number of non-fatal firearm injuries is

2012: 4511
2009: 5212

Rate of Non-fatal Gun Injury per 100,000 People

ChartIn the Virgin Islands (US), the annual rate of non-fatal firearm injury per 100,000 population is

2012: 42.711
2009: 47.412

ProductionGun Industry

Regulation of Firearm Makers

In the Virgin Islands (US), the manufacture of small arms, ammunition and/or their components is permitted only if the maker holds a valid licence13 14 15 16

TransfersGun Trade and Trafficking

Firearm Exports

Small Arms Exports (US$) - Customs

The annual value of small arms and ammunition exports from the Virgin Islands (US) is reported by Customs to be US$31817 (1997)

Firearm Imports

In the Virgin Islands (US), firearm and ammunition imports are limited by transfer control law18 19

Regulation of Arms Brokers

In the Virgin Islands (US), the activities of arms brokers and transfer intermediaries are not specifically regulated by law20

End User Certificates

Customs regulations in the Virgin Islands (US) do not include20 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 the Virgin Islands (US) is categorised as restrictive21

Firearm Law

Guiding gun control legislation in the Virgin Islands (US) includes the Virgin Islands (US) Code22

Firearm Regulation Authority

Guns in the Virgin Islands (US) are regulated by the Commissioner of Police23

Right to Possess Firearms

In the Virgin Islands (US), the right to private gun ownership is conditionally guaranteed by the US Constitution,24 as limited by federal law25 and state law26

Gun Ownership and Possession

In the Virgin Islands (US), only licensed gun owners13 27 28 29 30 23 may lawfully acquire, possess or transfer a firearm or ammunition

Genuine Reason Required for Firearm Possession

Applicants for a gun owner’s licence in the Virgin Islands (US) are required to establish a genuine reason to possess a firearm, for example hunting and self-defence13

Minimum Age for Firearm Possession

The minimum age for gun ownership in the Virgin Islands (US) is 16 years29

Gun Owner Background Checks

An applicant for a firearm licence in the Virgin Islands (US) must pass a background check which considers criminal, mental health, and addiction31 29 32 33 records

Reference Required for Firearm Licence

In the Virgin Islands (US), third party character references for each gun licence applicant are required13

Partner to be Advised or Interviewed

In the Virgin Islands (US), licensing authorities are not required20 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 the Virgin Islands (US) stipulates32 that a gun licence should be denied or revoked

Firearm Safety Training

In the Virgin Islands (US), an understanding of firearm safety and the law, tested in a theoretical and/or practical training course is not required20 for a firearm licence

Gun Owner Licensing Period

In the Virgin Islands (US), gun owners must re-apply and re-qualify for their firearm licence every three years (maximum)30

Licensing Records

In the Virgin Islands (US), authorities maintain a record34 35 of individual civilians licensed to acquire, possess, sell or transfer a firearm or ammunition

Limit on Number of Guns

Licensed firearm owners in the Virgin Islands (US) are permitted to possess any number of firearms20

Limit on Quantity, Type of Ammunition

Licensed firearm owners in the Virgin Islands (US) are permitted to possess any quantity of ammunition20

Firearm Registration

Civilian Gun Registration

In the Virgin Islands (US), the law requires34 35 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 the Virgin Islands (US), licensed firearm dealers are required14 19 36 to keep a record of each firearm or ammunition purchase, sale or transfer on behalf of a regulating authority

Gun Manufacturer Record Keeping

In the Virgin Islands (US), licensed gun makers are required14 19 to keep a record of each firearm produced, for inspection by a regulating authority

Gun Sales and Transfers

Regulation of Private Gun Sales

In the Virgin Islands (US), the private sale and transfer of firearms is prohibited without prior approval from the Police Commissioner19 36

Regulation of Dealer Gun Sales

In the Virgin Islands (US), dealing in firearms by way of business without a valid gun dealer’s licence is unlawful13 37 16 14 38 15

Waiting Period for Gun Possession

In the Virgin Islands (US), the minimum wait for a lawful firearm purchase to be completed is 48 hours38

Regulation of Gun Shows

In the Virgin Islands (US), gun shows and temporary firearm dealing events are not regulated20 in law

Storage and Transport of Guns and Ammunition

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Private

Firearm regulations in the Virgin Islands (US) include39 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 the Virgin Islands (US) include14 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition by licensed arms dealers

Firearm and Ammunition Transport Regulations

Regulations in the Virgin Islands (US) do not include20 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition while in transit

Carrying Guns

Law Regulates Firearms in Public

In the Virgin Islands (US), carrying a gun in a public place is regulated by law13 27

Reciprocity for Hidden Handgun Permit Holders

In the Virgin Islands (US), gun owners with a permit to carry hidden handguns issued in another jurisdiction are granted (to those state that meet Virgin Islands (US) requirements)40 reciprocal rights

Penalty for Illicit Firearm Possession

In the Virgin Islands (US), the maximum penalty for unlawful possession of a firearm41 is seven years in prison42 43 44 45 46 47

MeasuresInternational Controls

United Nations Membership

In the UN List of Member States, the Virgin Islands (US) are not a Member State of the United Nations48

Wassenaar Arrangement

The Wassenaar Arrangement on Export Controls and Conventional Arms and Dual-Use Goods and Technologies does not list49 the Virgin Islands (US) 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 16,50 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 the Virgin Islands (US), annual homicides by any means total

2017: 544
2016: 41
2015: 43
2012: 51
2011: 45
2010: 566
2009: 49
2008: 45
2007: 436 7
2006: 43
2005: 35
2004: 37
2003: 31
2002: 41
2001: 28
2000: 23
1999: 277

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

ChartIn the Virgin Islands (US), the annual rate of homicide by any means per 100,000 population is

2019: 4
2018:
2017: 50.34
2016: 38.14
2015: 39.92
2014:
2013:
2012: 47.14
2011: 41.55
2010: 51.68
2009: 45.20
2008: 41.51
2007: 39.69
2006: 39.68
2005: 32.27
2004: 34.11
2003: 28.57
2002: 37.86 7
2001: 25.79
2000: 21.17
1999: 24.97
1998: 22.9
1997: 27.6

Male Homicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn the Virgin Islands (US), annual male homicides by any means total

2017: 524
2016: 36
2015: 404
2012: 49
2011: 42
2010: 498
2009: 47
2008: 43
2007: 40
2006: 39
2005: 32
2004: 36
2003: 28
2001: 26
2000: 20

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

ChartIn the Virgin Islands (US), the annual rate of male homicide by any means per 100,000 population is

2019: 4
2018:
2017: 101.47
2016: 70.04
2015: 77.62
2014:
2013:
2012: 94.50
2011: 80.90
2010: 94.31
2009: 90.44
2008: 82.76
2007: 77.05
2006: 75.12
2005: 61.62
2004: 69.35
2003: 53.95
2001: 50.14
2000: 38.56

Female Homicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn the Virgin Islands (US), annual female homicides by any means total

2017: 24
2016: 5
2015: 34
2012: 24
2011: 3
2010: 78
2009: 2
2008: 2
2007: 3
2006: 4
2005: 3
2004: 1
2003: 3
2001: 2
2000: 3

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

ChartIn the Virgin Islands (US), the annual rate of female homicide by any means per 100,000 population is

2017: 3.574
2016: 8.91
2015: 5.34
2014:
2013:
2012: 3.55
2011: 5.32
2010: 12.41
2009: 3.54
2008: 3.54
2007: 5.32
2006: 7.09
2005: 5.31
2004: 1.77
2003: 5.30
2001: 3.53
2000: 5.28

Gun Homicides

ChartIn the Virgin Islands (US), annual firearm homicides total

2017: 484
2016: 39
2015: 354
2014: 219
2013: 14
2012: 434
2011: 38
2010: 48
2009: 45
2008: 42
2007: 35
2006: 38
2005: 28
2004: 30
2003: 25
2001: 22
2000: 17

Rate of Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn the Virgin Islands (US), the annual rate of firearm homicide per 100,000 population is

2019: 4
2018:
2017: 44.75
2016: 36.28
2015: 32.49
2014:
2013:
2012: 39.74
2011: 35.09
2010: 44.30
2009: 41.51
2008: 38.75
2007: 32.31
2006: 35.06
2005: 25.82
2004: 27.66
2003: 23.04
2001: 20.27
2000: 15.65

Male Gun Homicide Victims

ChartIn the Virgin Islands (US), annual male firearm homicides total

2017: 464
2016: 35
2015: 344
2012: 424
2011: 36
2010: 44
2009: 43
2008: 41
2007: 32
2006: 35
2005: 26
2004: 29
2003: 25
2001: 20
2000: 16

Rate of Male Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn the Virgin Islands (US), the annual rate of male firearm homicide per 100,000 population is

2017: 89.764
2016: 68.09
2015: 65.98
2014:
2013:
2012: 81
2011: 69.34
2010: 84.69
2009: 82.74
2008: 78.91
2007: 61.64
2006: 67.42
2005: 50.07
2004: 55.87
2003: 48.17
2001: 38.57
2000: 30.85

Female Gun Homicide Victims

ChartIn the Virgin Islands (US), annual female firearm homicides total

2017: 24
2016: 4
2015: 14
2012: 14
2011: 2
2010: 4
2009: 2
2008: 1
2007: 3
2006: 3
2005: 2
2004: 1
2001: 2
2000: 1

Rate of Female Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn the Virgin Islands (US), the annual rate of female firearm homicide per 100,000 population is

2017: 3.574
2016: 7.13
2015: 1.78
2014:
2013:
2012: 1.77
2011: 3.55
2010: 7.09
2009: 3.54
2008: 1.77
2007: 5.32
2006: 5.31
2005: 3.54
2004: 1.77
2003:
2001: 3.53
2000: 1.76

Disarmament

Firearms Surrendered and Seized

ChartIn the Virgin Islands (US), the number of firearms voluntarily surrendered, bought back or seized by authorities is reported to be

2014: 13551
2013: 16052
2012: 15853
2011: 13354
2010: 13855
2009: 7756

Destruction and Disposal Policy

In the Virgin Islands (US), it is state policy57 to destroy surplus, collected and seized firearms rather than return them to the secondary arms market

Marking and Tracing

Firearm Marking

In the Virgin Islands (US), a unique identifying mark on each firearm is required by law34 58

Firearm Tracing

In the Virgin Islands (US), state authorities do not carry out20 recognised arms tracing and tracking procedures

Global Peace Index

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