55,000 shotguns and counting: how many guns are registered in Malta?

Over 96,000 guns are registered with the Maltese police... but what type of guns have been registered? Find out in our complete list

Two rocket launchers, trusty repellent of unwanted army movement, are registered in Malta
Two rocket launchers, trusty repellent of unwanted army movement, are registered in Malta

At a total of 96,425 registered firearms, the Maltese population can pride itself in enjoying a variety of firearms: from the expected shotguns to 477 machine guns, three mortars and two rocket launchers.

Surprisingly, the list tabled in parliament by home affairs minister Carmelo Abela, in reply to a question by PN MP Jason Azzopardi, only included one harpoon gun registered with the Police Force.

Going by the statistics, the most popular firearms among the Maltese are shotguns (55,962), pistols (10,553), rifles (7,856), revolvers (5,369), air rifles (4,765) and air pistols (3,272).

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