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Alpers, Philip and Conor Twyford. 2003 ‘Stockpiles and Trafficking in the Pacific: Firearm Theft.’ Small Arms in the Pacific; Occasional Paper No. 8, p. 19. Geneva: Small Arms Survey, the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva. 31 March

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A 1997 survey of 51 New Zealand prison inmates convicted for offences involving firearms indicated that while some licensed gun owners did lend or sell their guns to criminals, the bulk of firearms available on the black market had been stolen from legitimate owners.

A study the following year found that 60 per cent of firearms were stolen from an urban dwelling, with rifles (54 per cent), shotguns (34 per cent), and handguns (five per cent) the most common types stolen in New Zealand.

It also found that 52 per cent of incidents of gun theft involved firearms that had not been securely stored by their owners.

Sources cited:

Newbold, Greg. 1998. 'Prisoners Reveal Gun Opinions'. The Press, 28 October.

Alpers, Philip and Reece Walters. 1998. Firearms Theft in New Zealand: Lessons for crime and injury prevention. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology 31 (1):85-95.

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