Citation(s) from the GunPolicy.org literature library
Croatia. 2010 ‘Law Enforcement / Criminalisation.’ National Report of Croatia 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), p. 7. New York, NY: Permanent Mission of Croatia to the United Nations. 1 January
Law Enforcement / Criminalisation
Sources of firearms in the Republic of Croatia are former war areas during the Homeland War and the areas with large quantity of weapons and military equipment of the former JNA. These are areas of Lika, Banija, Kordun and Slavonia.
Criminal organizations which are organized to carry out these criminal acts, as well as countries known as the final destination of arms are Italy, France, Spain, Netherlands and Sweden. Firearms to the countries of Western Europe are usually smuggled in by land vehicles, and criminal organizations usually use border crossings with the intense international traffic of passengers and vehicles (Macelj at Krapina, Bregana near Zagreb, Rupa and Pasjak near Rijeka, Buje in Istria), and there is knowledge that a certain amount of firearms have been smuggled by sea from the Istrian side to Italy.
Criminal groups trafficking in firearms are collaborating on an international level with other criminal organizations, but there is no information about the strictly arranged hierarchical structure, because the groups are organized in accordance with current requirements.