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Purcena, Júlio César. 2010 ‘Small Arms Supply in Portugal: Legal and Illegal Markets - Conclusion.’ Violence and Small Arms: The Portuguese Case (Online Bulletin of the Peace Studies Group) (15), p. 3. Coimbra: Peace Studies Group - Centre for Social Studies, School of Economics, University of Coimbra. 1 December
Small Arms Supply in Portugal: Legal and Illegal Markets
To sum up, similarities between Portuguese internal small arms circulation and import patterns suggest that part of the illegal small arms market result from firearms diversion from legal markets.
Considering that the majority of small arms in circulation in Portugal stem from theft and diversion, the strict distinction between legal and illegal is artificial.
Moreover, this situation reveals the existence of a culture of neglect regarding small arms on the part of their owners based on the conviction that legal arms are not a source of problems.