Citation(s) from the GunPolicy.org literature library
European Commission. 2013 ‘Firearms and the Internal Security of the EU: Protecting Citizens and Disrupting Illegal Trafficking.’ Communication from the Commission to the Council and the European Parliament; COM(2013) 716 final. Brussels: Europa.eu. 21 October
The illegal import and sale of these weapons [illegally-held firearms], as well as their production, provide lucrative business for the EU's estimated 3,600 organised crime groups…(7)
7) Europol, Serious and Organised Crime Threat Assessment 2013. 'Firearms are often trafficked by well- structured, organized criminal groups… that are usually engaged in trafficking drugs or other lucrative illegal commodities'; United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), 'Digest of Organized Crime Cases', 2012, p.101.