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Kafi, Sharif A. 2005 ‘Illegal Use of Legally Held Small Arms.’ Illegal Small Arms and Human Insecurity in Bangladesh, p. 74. Dhaka: Bangladesh Development Partnership Centre / BDPC. 1 November
Illegal Use of Legally Held Small Arms
There were nearly 30,000 licensed and legally held guns that were in illegal criminal use in 2002.
According to government estimates, the government has issued 185,000 licenses for firearms, since liberation in 1971. (67)
Nearly 10,000 of the licenses were issued from 1991 to 1995. Nearly 22,000 licenses have been issued in five years from 1996 to 2001. …
As of December 2000, there were approximately 100,000 licensed guns in the country. As per a latest estimate as of 31 August 2001, there are approximately 122,000 licensed guns in the country.
Most of the licensed guns belong to the cadres and leaders of mainstream political parties. They got licenses and purchased these guns while their respective political parties were in power. Nearly 25 per cent of these arms are estimated to be in illegal use.
67) The Daily Prothom Alo (Newspaper), Dhaka, Bangladesh, 8 August 2000.
[As some of these estimates are unsourced and unexplained, they should be treated with caution]