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The Pacific's Gun Problems
Why there are so many available
1 March 2003
Stowed away in a Tongan Defence Force's armoury are .303 Lee Enfield rifle and circa (early last century) still in their original packing, unfired. Also, there are World War Two automatic Bren guns, maintained and ready….
"The Tongan military is in the process of updating its small arms holding. It has approached the United States to purchase new infantry weapons.
"The request was believed to be for around 300 M-16A2 rifles. It was turned down by the United States State Department after consultations with Australia and New Zealand."
[Source: Capie, David: 'Under the Gun: The small arms challenge in the Pacific', Victoria University Press, 2003]