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Mouzos, Jenny. 1999 ‘International Traffic in Small Arms: An Australian Perspective.’ Trends & Issues in Crime and Criminal Justice (104), p. 1. Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology. 1 February
International Traffic in Small Arms: An Australian Perspective
The Customs (Prohibited Imports) Regulations 1998, in force under the Customs Act 1901, make the distinction between small arms and weapons of warfare. "Small arms" refers to any firearm that is .50 calibre (Browning machine gun or similar) or less. They are classified as firearms under the Regulations and controlled under Schedule 6. Anything over .50 calibre is referred to as "weapons of warfare".
In accordance with Regulation 4F, "firearm" means "a device designed or adapted to discharge shot, bullets or other projectiles by means of an explosive charge or compressed gas".
Included in the small arms category are: self-loading rim-fire rifles; self-loading shotguns; self-loading centre-fire rifles; single shot & repeating centre-fire rifles; pump action repeating shotguns; rim-fire rifles; air rifles; muzzle-loading firearms; single- & double-barrelled shotguns; hand guns (pistols & revolvers); break action rifle/shotgun combinations; submachine guns; machine guns; repeating shotguns (bolt or lever action); and parts, accessories, magazines and replicas of the above.