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Alpers, Philip. 2005 ‘Public Destruction of State-owned Weapons.’ Gun-running in Papua New Guinea: From arrows to assault weapons in the Southern Highlands; Special Report No. 5, pp. 116-117. Geneva: Small Arms Survey, the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva. 1 July
Public Destruction of State-owned Weapons
The RPNGC does occasionally destroy seized crime guns and other weapons. AFP also helped dispose of more than 100 firearms from the RPNGC evidence room at Bomana police college.
Under the Australian-led Defence Cooperation Programme, nearly 4,000 military small arms and explosives were destroyed in 2003.
As ongoing audits of police, defence, and prison stockpiles throw up more weapons for destruction, the public relations potential of destruction ceremonies should not be overlooked.