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Capie, David. 2004 ‘Firearm Control in Thailand.’ Missing the Target? The Human Cost of Small Arms Proliferation and Misuse in South East Asia. In: Annelies Heijmans, Nicola Simmonds, Hans van de Veen (eds.) Searching for Peace in the Asia-Pacific, p. 305. Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner. 1 January

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Firearm Control in Thailand

In 1999 the Thai government launched a pilot project banning the issue of new firearms licences in the province of Phuket. Bans have also been introduced in other provinces and towns that rely heavily on tourism, including Pattaya and Chiang Rai.

This approach was expanded in May 2003, when the Thai Ministry of the Interior ordered gun dealers to suspend all sales of rifles to the public and introduced limits on the number of weapons any individual can own.

More recently, Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra announced his intention to make Thailand a "gun-free soceity" within six years. However, the policy was greeted with opposition from the public and from the country's gun lobby and it remains to be seen just how effectively it will be implemented.

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