There are more than 1 billion guns in the world and this is who owns them
There are more than one billion firearms in the world and the majority are owned by ordinary people, according to the Small Arms Survey published by the same named NGO. It estimates that 85% are in civilian hands, 13% are in military arsenals and 2% are owned by law enforcement agencies.
New Zealand’s ban on semi-automatic weapons has put guns, violence and regulation back in the spotlight, underscoring the different approaches taken by governments around the world and their relative success. National ownership rates vary hugely, from about 120 firearms for every 100 residents in the US to less than one firearm for every 100 residents in Indonesia, Japan and Malawi. Japan is also often cited as a gun-control success, with strong and repetitive tests that act as a barrier to ownership.