There are more than 1 billion guns in the world and this is who owns them

A shopkeeper wipes a glass display at a gun shop in Bangkok October 12, 2012. A tourist haven and regional base for multinational companies, Thailand has the highest number of guns in civilian hands in Southeast Asia -- almost four times more than the Philippines, a country notorious for violent gun crime. Picture taken October 12, 2012. To match Feature THAILAND-GUNS/   REUTERS/Sukree Sukplang (THAILAND - Tags: POLITICS SOCIETY) - GM1E8AM0IZL01

Guns come in all shapes and sizes. Image: REUTERS/Sukree Sukplang

Emma Charlton
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 Who holds the guns?
Who holds the guns? Image: Small Arms Survey
 More guns than people?
More guns than people? Image: Small Arms Survey
 All guns are not alike
All guns are not alike Image: Small Arms Survey
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