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Alpers, Philip and Conor Twyford. 2003 ‘Pacific Small Arms Legislation: Domestic and regional issues.’ Small Arms in the Pacific; Occasional Paper No. 8, p. 67. Geneva: Small Arms Survey, the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva. 31 March

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Gun Dealers and Gunsmiths

Commercial sales and repairs of small arms are reasonably well regulated in the Pacific. American Samoa, the French territories, Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Papua New Guinea, the Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Vanuatu, Australia, and New Zealand all provide for dealer licensing, usually with clear requirements to maintain detailed sales records and regular reporting cycles.

Australia and New Zealand have approximately 1,900 licensed arms dealers between them, while less than 20 operate in New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Tonga, American Samoa, and Vanuatu combined.

In some small states, such as the Cook Islands and Tuvalu, and in states where firearm licensing has been temporarily suspended, such as Fiji, the Police Commissioner is the only legal supplier of arms.

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