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SEESAC. 2006 ‘SALW Problem.’ South Eastern Europe Small Arms and Light Weapons Monitor, 2006, pp. 77-78. Belgrade: South Eastern Europe Clearinghouse for the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons / SEESAC and Saferworld. 1 January

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SALW Problem

The 2004 National SALW Survey of Montenegro found that 'the widespread availability and misuse of small arms continues to threaten the safety and stability of Montenegro.'

According to this research, the common estimate of one weapon per household is 'a realistic upper threshold' for small arms possession, with Montenegro appearing to be 'one of the most heavily armed territories in the region.'

According to data from the Montenegrin MoI, the total number of registered weapons in Montenegro in 2004 was 101,889, of which 86,000 were civilian-held weapons. This figure indicates that Montenegro has one of the highest rates of registered firearms per capita in the region.

Although data on illegally held SALW is sparse, it has been estimated that there are between 40,000 and 89,000 unregistered firearms in civilian possession, while the rapidly growing private security sector also appears to hold significant numbers of weapons.

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

ID: Q4031

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