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Nearly 90,000 Firearms in Iceland

By Larissa Kyzer

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Photo: Golli.

There were 76,680 firearms registered to 36,548 owners in Iceland as of January 1, RÚV reports. Taking into account lost, broken, seized, and exportable firearms, as well as weapons utilised by police and unsold inventory, the total firearm count is estimated at 87, 048.

The count comes as the Minister of Justice’s response to an inquiry from Pirate MP Andrés Ingi Jónsson concerning the importation and production of firearms in Iceland.

From 2012 to 2016, the number of imported firearms imported and produced in Iceland per year was between 1,300 – 1,500, but since 2017, that number has been increased to 2,200 – 2,600 per year.

Most imported firearms are registered to men, although between 2012 and 2021, between 22 and 69 women registered as the owner of imported firearms per year,  making women roughly 3-4% of registered owners. Twenty individuals own 2,052 weapons, which comes out to an average of 103 firearms per owner.

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Andrés’ inquiry was particularly interested in how many weapons that were produced by 3D printers police have confiscated. According to the Minister of Justice’s answer, only one firearm produced by 3D printer has been confiscated.

According to Icelandic police, legally obtained guns do not appear to be a source of crime, and the guns that have been used for illegal purposes in Iceland are mainly stolen and not purchased.

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