The Impact of the Firearms Identification System on the Private Ownership and Use of Registered-Firearms in Abu Dhabi

  • Ali Almazrouei

Student thesis: Master's Thesis


The UAE become the first country in the world to create a database of legally held firearms. It is believed by experts that such databases make firearm's owners more careful when storing and using their firearms. Thus, The aim of this research is to explain the relationship between system implemented and the private ownership and safety of firearms. That is done by trying to answer the research question of - What is the impact of the awareness of the firearms identification system on the private ownership and safety of registered-firearms by Abu Dhabi nationals? Hence, this research proposes that for Abu Dhabi nationals who are firearm's owners, the more they are aware of the system and its capabilities, the more likely they will reduce their firearm's ownership and/or improve their gun safety. Three main variables are being tested in this research that are; awareness of the system, private ownership and gun safety. In order to collect the appropriate data for this research, an online survey questionnaire has been undertaken. The survey questionnaire used consisted of eight closed-ended questions. These questions designed to measure indicators of the IV and the DVs of the main research question. Furthermore, testing of the survey has been done multiple times with different age groups and different education levels. The target population were 1,000 firearm's owners of the AD nationals. Limitations of validity, reliability and generalizability of the research has been discussed. Moreover, ethical deliberation was preserved during this research. The survey questionnaire was sent out by the ADP on Wednesday the 9th of May, 2018 and was closed by the researcher after one week with 244 responses collected. It was found that more than half of the population (63%).
Date of AwardJul 2018
Original languageAmerican English
SupervisorAthol Yates (Supervisor)


  • Firearms
  • Identification
  • Awareness
  • Private Ownership
  • Safety.

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