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Purcena, Júlio César. 2010 ‘Small Arms Supply in Portugal: Legal and Illegal Markets - Firearms Apprehension.’ Violence and Small Arms: The Portuguese Case (Online Bulletin of the Peace Studies Group) (15), p. 2. Coimbra: Peace Studies Group - Centre for Social Studies, School of Economics, University of Coimbra. 1 December

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Firearms Apprehension [Interdiction / Seizure]

Data on firearms apprehension (2004-2008) show that these were mostly coming from Belgium, Italy, Spain, Germany and USA.

Class D small arms are the most arrested ones - (36% ) - it should be taken into consideration that between 2006 and 2008 (after the approval of law 5/2006) there was a 146% increase of firearms apprehensions - followed by class A (18%) and B1 guns revolvers (5%) were the most arrested firearms.

Between 2004 and 2007, 5,913 guns were stolen or diverted in Portugal - 4 firearms per day, on average. Class D (68%), B1 (20%) and C (6%) were among the most diverted ones. Hunting rifles (70%), pistols (17%) and revolvers (9%) were the most common type of diverted firearms. These were mostly produced in Italy, Spain, Brazil, Belgium, USA and Germany.

Class D (55%), B1 (16%) and B weapons (7%) were the most commonly handed-in to the police. As far as types are concerned, hunting rifles (57%), pistols (19%) and revolvers (5%), mainly originated from Spain, Italy, USA, Belgium, Russia and Germany were the most common ones.

It is also worth mentioning that employees in army and private security as well as police officers rarely own private firearms.

[Classification of weapons established by the current legal framework:
- Class A includes military weapons;
- Class B defence weapons (pistols and revolvers);
- Class C and D hunting rifles;
- Class E tasers and aerosols;
- Class F white weapons, firearm replica and collecting weapons;
- Class G veterinary weapons, soft air arms and compressed air weapons (for sporting purposes).]

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