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New Caledonia Gun Laws To Be Tightened by March
Radio New Zealand International (Shortwave)
23 January 2014
[The French high commissioner in New Caledonia] expressed concern at the spike in firearms sales after Paris said it would tighten gun laws before the end of the year.
Jean-Jacques Brot said sales had doubled while the local press said weapon sales had grown tenfold.
There are suggestions that now more than 100,000 rifles are now in circulation.
There have been several shooting incidents in public as well as eight homicides in the past year, which a leading politician, Philippe Gomes, says has raised New Caledonia's armed crime rate to three times that of France.