4 percent of the world’s population own half of the world’s civilian weapons
The Americans, who make up 4 percent of the world’s population, have about 46 percent of the 857 million pieces of civilian-owned weapons around the world by the end of 2017, according to a study released on Monday.
The Small Arms Survey, an independent Geneva-based research project, revealed that more than 1 billion weapons were in place around the world, 85 percent of which were civilians, while the rest were from armies and law enforcement agencies.
The number of weapons held by civilians around the world increased from 650 million in 2006 to 857 million in 2017.
The study revealed that by the end of last year there were 120 weapons per 100 residents in the United States, followed by Yemen where every 100 people about 53 weapons.
The results of the study were announced at a press conference yesterday at the UN headquarters in New York.
The authors indicated that the data on the registration of civilian weapons was available in 133 countries and regions, but only 28 States had disclosed information on the stockpiles of weapons of the military and their law enforcement agencies.