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Alpers, Philip and Conor Twyford. 2003 ‘Pacific Small Arms Legislation: Domestic and Regional Issues.’ Small Arms in the Pacific; Occasional Paper No. 8, p. 62. Geneva: Small Arms Survey, the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva. 31 March

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Additional Prohibitions Without Legislation

It is important to note that in some Pacific jurisdictions, key ownership restrictions are still enforced, despite the absence of corresponding legislation or regulations. Handgun laws are a case in point.

Handguns are legally banned only in Fiji, Kiribati, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu. Yet in practice, they are also unavailable in the Cook Islands, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Federated States of Micronesia, Samoa, Tonga, American Samoa, and the Republic of the Marshall Islands. (115)

Often, such practices are the result simply of established convention. In reality, police issue civilian handgun licences only in New Zealand, Australia, the French territories, and Papua New Guinea.

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