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Latvia. 2003 ‘Statistics on Illicit Trafficking in Small Arms and Light Weapons Registered in Latvia.’ National Report of Latvia on its Implementation of the United Nations Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects (UNPoA); Article 4, pp. 5-6. New York, NY: Permanent Mission of Latvia to the United Nations. 1 January

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Statistics on Illicit Trafficking in Small Arms and Light Weapons Registered in Latvia

In 2002, 439 cases of illegal manufacture, acquisition, possession and sale of firearms were registered in Latvia. Compared to 2001, when 565 such transactions were registered, their number has decreased by 72.

In January 2003 39 cases of illegal manufacture, acquisition, possession and sale were registered. Compared to January 2002, when 31 such cases were registered, their number had increased by 8.

In 2002, 155 crimes involving use of firearms were registered. This is one less than in 2001.

In 2002 the Office of the State Police Fighting Organized Crime, in their work to solve crimes, confiscated:

pistols: 15
gas pistols: 1
fireworks pistols: 6
home made pistols: 4
automatics: 10
small-calibre rifle: 1
rifles: 3
carbines: 10
shotguns: 18
cartridges: 11,259

In 2002 the State Police of the Ministry of the Interior of RL:
- cancelled 589 firearms permits
- seized 862 rifles
- received 281 rifles found and handed over to the police
- seized 1,608 smooth barrel firearms
- received 829 smooth barrel firearms found and handed over to the police.

ID: Q3475

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