Citation(s) from the GunPolicy.org literature library
Hirst, Chrissie, Bernardo Mariani and Adrian Wilkinson. 2004 ‘SALW-Related Crime.’ South Eastern Europe Small Arms and Light Weapons (SEESAC) Monitor, 2004, p. 105. Belgrade: South Eastern Europe Clearinghouse for the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons / SEESAC and Saferworld. 16 March
[SALW = Small arms and light weapons]
Although some victims and firearms incidents are the result of personal disputes, 'there is clearly a problem with gangland conflicts, especially in northern and western areas where smuggling is big business and policing is still poor'.
Government statistics for 2002 note 153 criminal acts connected to the illegal trade in arms, 215 offenders and a total of 713 SALW pieces seized by the authorities (the vast majority military weapons), along with 9,520 pieces of ammunition and 174 grammes of explosives.