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Parker, Sarah. 2011 ‘Balancing Act: Regulation of Civilian Firearm Possession.’ Small Arms Survey 2011: States of Security; Chapter 9, p. 279. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 6 July

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Other Criteria

In addition to the common criteria described above, states consider a range of other factors when determining whether an applicant is 'fit and proper' to own a firearm, including:

- Lifestyle: lifestyle or domestic circumstances (unspecified), such as in Estonia and Australia's ACT, New South Wales, and Northern Territory.

- Associates: reputation, honesty, integrity, and the nature of the applicant's close associates, for example in South Australia, and whether the applicant's associates would be deemed unsuitable to obtain access to a firearm, as in New Zealand; whether the applicant is living with someone with a criminal record, as in Japan, or who is ineligible to own a firearm, as in Lithuania.

- Loss of previous firearm: whether the applicant has previously lost a firearm or had stolen through his or her negligence, as in Belize, or has had a previous licence revoked due to the loss of a firearm, as in Lithuania.

- Military service record: whether the applicant has evaded national service, as in Estonia, or has received a dishonourable discharge from the armed forces, as in the United States.

- Outstanding warrants: whether the applicant is a fugitive from justice, as in the United States, has an outstanding arrest warrant against him or her, as in the US state of Massachusetts when granting a temporary licence to carry a firearm to a non-resident, or is in default of child support payments or taxes, as in the US state of Texas when granting a licence to carry a concealed handgun.

- Number of firearms in the neighbourhood: in Papua New Guinea, the registrar may refuse to grant a licence for any reason, including 'whether arising out of the number of firearms in the locality concerned or otherwise'.

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