U.S. Most Heavily Armed Nation; India, China Next


The U.S. has 90 guns for every 100 citizens, making it the world’s most heavily armed society, says the 2007 Small Arms Survey of the Geneva-based Graduate Institute of International Studies, reports Reuters. U.S. citizens own 270 million of the world’s 875 million known firearms. About 4.5 million of the 8 million new guns manufactured worldwide each year are purchased in the United States. “There is roughly one firearm for every seven people worldwide. Without the United States, though, this drops to about one firearm per 10 people,” the report said.

India had the world’s second-largest civilian gun arsenal, with an estimated 46 million firearms outside law enforcement and the military. China, ranked third with 40 million privately held guns, had 3 firearms per 100 people. Germany, France, Pakistan, Mexico, Brazil, and Russia were next in the ranking of country’s overall civilian gun arsenals. On a per-capita basis, Yemen had the second most heavily armed citizenry behind the United States, with 61 guns per 100 people, followed by Finland with 56, Switzerland with 46, Iraq with 39, and Serbia with 38.

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