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Pietz, Tobias, Rebekka Edelmann and Elvan Isikozlu. 2006 ‘Destruction Capacity - Ministry of Interior.’ SALW Survey of Croatia; Section 5.11 (Table 13), p. 51. Belgrade: South Eastern and Eastern Europe Clearinghouse for the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons (SEESAC) / Bonn International Center for Conversion. 1 November

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Destruction Capacity

The MoI, as mentioned above, stopped its destruction activities in 2001. This is probably related to the uncertainty about the number of police officers, which is likely to increase up until 2015. However, according to the ministry the preparations to continue the destruction of surplus arms and ammunition are underway and destruction will resume in 2006.

So far, the MoI has destroyed 14,316 weapons between 1995 and 2001. Although the MoI provided information to the survey team saying that destruction has not yet started, according to a newspaper article, the destruction facility of the MoI in Sisak destroyed 3,000 weapons between December 2005 and July 2006.

These weapons were mainly from the 'Farewell to Arms' collection program. Presently, 8,000 more guns have been selected for destruction and an overall 50,000 are waiting to be examined and classified either for reuse, sale or destruction.

Table 13: Destroyed MoI weapons between 1995 - 2001:

Revolver
1995: 31
1996: 7
1997: 22
1998: 23
1999: 23
2000: 45
2001: 18
Total: 169

Pistol
1995: 280
1996: 126
1997: 248
1998: 287
1999: 306
2000: 528
2001: 933
Total: 2,708

Hunting / Sport Rifle
1995: 508
1996: 173
1997: 401
1998: 681
1999: 605
2000: 622
2001: 683
Total: 3,673

Semi-auto Rifle (Military)
1995: 4
1996: 12
1997: 73
1998: 122
1999: 133
2000: 162
2001: 533
Total: 1,039

Assault Rifle
1995: 16
1996: 8
1997: 67
1998: 67
1999: 65
2000: 96
2001: 1,276
Total: 1,595

Sub Machine Gun
1995: 23
1996: 32
1997: 36
1998: 33
1999: 38
2000: 162
2001: 86
Total: 410

Light Machine Gun
1995: 1
1996: 2
1997: 8
1998: 21
1999: 27
2000: 27
2001: 271
Total: 357



Air Gun (Pistol / Revolver)
1995: 267
1996: 91
1997: 87
1998: 82
1999: 114
2000: 61
2001: 84
Total: 786

Gas Pistol / Revolver
1995: 199
1996: 76
1997: 70
1998: 81
1999: 129
2000: 54
2001: 83
Total: 692

Improvised Firearm
1995: 503
1996: 164
1997: 351
1998: 720
1999: 360
2000: 373
2001: 312
Total: 2,783

Total 1995: 1,832
Total 1996: 691
Total 1997: 1,363
Total 1998: 2,117
Total 1999: 1,800
Total 2000: 2,130
Total 2001: 4,279

TOTAL: 14,212

[SALW = small arms and light weapons; MoI = Ministry of the Interior]

[Source: Vjesnik, 'Sisak Factories Swallow Firearms', 07 July 2006]

ID: Q3631

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