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Alpers, Philip and Conor Twyford. 2003 ‘Armed Crime.’ Small Arms in the Pacific; Occasional Paper No. 8, p. 51. Geneva: Small Arms Survey, the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva. 31 March

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The level of armed violence in Papua New Guinea has increased dramatically in recent years, with centres of demand for illegal firearms emerging both in urban areas and throughout the remote Highlands provinces. Armed hold-ups along the highways are also commonplace…

[U]rban drift since independence in 1975 has brought an increase in unemployment and violent crime, driving up the demand for illegal firearms and fuelling the growth of criminal gangs. By the late 1980s, a dozen 'raskol' gangs controlled crime in Port Moresby…

Markets for illicit firearms in urban centres cater for two classes of criminal. Those with limited purchasing power, such as younger gang members, tend to buy home-made guns, while those who can afford to spend more, perhaps due to political or social connections, favour factory-made firearms.

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