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Alpers, Philip, Robert Muggah and Conor Twyford. 2004 ‘Trouble in Paradise: Home-made firearms.’ Small Arms Survey 2004: Rights at Risk; Box 9.1, p. 288. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 1 July

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Home-made Firearms

In the Solomon Islands, [home made firearms] made up 35 per cent of the weapons confiscated in the three years to January 2004

In both conflicts, home-made weapons were produced in greater quantities by the side with proportionately less access to high-powered firearms. For example, in the Solomon Islands close relations with the police meant that the Malaita Eagle Force (MEF) sourced many of its firearms directly from the police armoury. By contrast, the Isatabu Freedom Movement (IFM), from an opposing ethnic group, had fewer claims on police support and so augmented its arsenal by producing home-made weapons.

Sources cited:
Solomon Islands IPMT, 2001; RAMSI, 2004

ID: Q558

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