Access to Weapons is one of the 23 indicators of peace measured by the Global Peace Index. It is an 'internal' indicator of peace, meaning it measures peace within a country.
Access to Weapons is a qualitative assessment of the accessibility of small arms and late weapons.
Access to Weapons is scored on a scale from 1 (lowest) to 5 (greatest).
In countries that score 1, there is very limited access to small arms and light weapons. Best-practice policies such as licensing, export controls and codes of conduct regulate and restrict access to firearms.
In countries that score 5, there is no regulation of civilian possession, ownership, storage or use of firearms.
Access to Weapons is a qualitative assessment sourced from the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Country Analysis team.
The Global Peace Index is comprised of 23 indicators that measure the existence or absence of violence or the fear of violence. These include:
Ongoing Domestic and International Conflict
Societal safety and security
Find out more about how the Global Peace Index is constructed, what it measures and what the results show in the Global Peace Index Report.
The Global Peace Index measures the state of peace in 162 countries according to 23 qualitative and quantitative indicators of peace. Find out more about how the index is constructed, a description of the indicators and the scores.
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