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Norway. 2010 ‘Arms in Norway - Civilian Firearms.’ Armed Violence in Norway: Incidence and Responses, p. 21. Oslo: Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 1 May
Arms in Norway - Civilian Firearms
With approximately 1.3 million firearms owned by civilians, Norway has one of the highest rates of private gun ownership in Europe. According to the first countrywide survey presented by the National Police Directorate in 2001, there were 990,000 registered shotguns, rifles, revolvers and pistols in civilian ownership.
Among these, there were 600,000 rifles. These figures do not include an estimated 500,000 shotguns acquired before the registration duty was imposed on 1 October 1990.
In 2006, however, the National Police Directorate published figures stating there were 1,316,000 registered firearms, the increase being due to new legislation requiring the registration of formerly unregistered shotguns.
Recreational hunters own the majority of privately held firearms, while gun collectors represent a large share.