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Capie, David. 2004 ‘Registered and 'Loose' Firearms.’ Missing the Target? The Human Cost of Small Arms Proliferation and Misuse in South East Asia. In: Annelies Heijmans, Nicola Simmonds, Hans van de Veen (eds.) Searching for Peace in the Asia-Pacific, p. 295. Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner. 1 January

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Registered and 'Loose' Firearms

In the Philippines, official records show that 824,328 weapons were registered with the police in early 2003. Estimates as to the number of unregistered guns vary from 270,000 to 600,000. (3)

One 2003 press report claimed there were 439,119 firearms 'loose' within the country. Another source claims the total number of private weapons may be as high as 5.3 million. (4)

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3) According to a Philippines government report to the United Nations, there are 284,100 loose firearms, of this estimate 189,766 were not registered, 2,156 were 'lost,' and 94,313 were in the hands of various armed groups and criminals. How this last figure was calculated is not reported. See 'National Report on the Implementation of the Programme of Acction (PoA) to Prevent, Combat, and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects,' Republic of the Philippines, July 3, 2003, available at the Small Arms Survey's database,

4) Manila Times, February 10, 2003. The 5.3 million figure is cited in Small Arms Survey 2002: Counting the Human Cost (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002), p. 99.

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