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Islandwide Crackdown on Illegal Firearms

Sunday Observer (Sri Lanka)

9 June 2012

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The National Commission Against the Proliferation of Illicit Small Arms (NCAPISA) in a 2008 report identified trap guns, shotguns, locally made Gal Katas, pistols, T-56s and muzzle-loading guns as the most prevalent types of small arms in circulation, in descending order.

Although there is no exact estimate of the number of illegal firearms in circulation, some reports have suggested a figure of around 50,000.

According to police statistics, in 1999 to 2005 small arms were used to commit 2,659 homicides, 298 suicides and 1,596 attempted homicides. In the same period, 805 abductions, 518 cases of grievous hurt, 392 rapes and 10,774 robberies were carried out using small arms.

ID: N274

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