Armed violence monitor: 811 firearm incidents recorded from January to March 2022 in Southeast Europe

The new Quarterly Armed Violence Regional Report recorded 811 firearm-related incidents[1] in the region from January to March 2022. Some of the main findings are:

  • 811 firearm incidents were observed.
  • 435 cases of weapon seizures were recorded, with handguns being the most seized type of firearms (in 144 incidents).
  • 119 incidents in criminal context were reported, out of which 57 were related to armed robberies.
  • 47 incidents of accidental, celebratory shootings and hunting occurred during this quarter.
  • 72 people were injured, while 24 were killed with firearms during this reporting period.
  • Men accounted for 97.8% of all perpetrators, of those whose sex was reported.

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About the Armed Violence Monitoring Platform (AVMP)

The AVMP monitors firearms-related incidents happening in South East Europe. Established in 2014, it collects detailed data from the media reports and reports of public institutions where available, covering Albania, Bosnia, and Herzegovina, Republic of Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, North Macedonia, and Kosovo*.

The collected data range from the type of incident, firearms used, age and gender of the victim and the perpetrator, outcome of the incident, etc.

The AVMP aims to make essential data available to all interested parties and serve as an informative tool for interventions with the overarching goal of a more effective arms control framework and reducing their negative impact on civilians.

The AVMP is supported with funding from the EU Council Decision (CFSP) 2019/2111 to support SEESAC disarmament and arms control activities in South-East Europe, reducing the threat of illicit small arms and light weapons their ammunition.

* References to Kosovo shall be understood in the context of the Security Council resolution 1244 (1999)

[1] Data retrieved as of 10.04.2022. Given that news articles may be published after the incidents occurred or that recorded incidents can be updated with new pieces of information, the given statistics may slightly differ in the future.