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MacFarlane, S Neil; Torjesen, Stina. 2004 ‘Kyrgyzstan: A Small Arms Anomaly in Central Asia?.’ Small Arms Survey; Report Summary; Occasional Paper No. 12. Geneva: Small Arms Survey, the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva. 1 February
The Kyrgyz government holds an estimated 50,000 weapons. This calculation is based on the number of armed servicemen and law enforcement officers and assumed ratios of 2.25 guns per soldier and 1 gun per law enforcement officer.
Strict legislation governs civilian possession and, in practice, only members of the Hunters' Association are granted permission to own weapons.
Of an estimated 15,000 registered hunting guns, 80 per cent are in the area surrounding the capital Bishkek.
Kyrgyzstan is thus different from most other countries for which data on possession is available in that the government controls a larger arsenal of small arms and light weapons than the civilian population and that more hunting guns are registered in urban areas than in the countryside.
The majority of registered hunters are ethnic Russians who live in urban areas.