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Alpers, Philip. 2005 ‘Internal Theft: The Major Source of Illicit Guns.’ Gun-running in Papua New Guinea: From arrows to assault weapons in the Southern Highlands; Special Report No. 5, pp. 38, 43, 48, 49. Geneva: Small Arms Survey, the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva. 1 June

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In the 2004 national audit of small arms missing from PNGDF armouries, the SLR* was the most commonly lost firearm, with 439 examples unaccounted for. Nine examples of the fully automatic AR version were also listed. Of the 5,463 SLRs delivered by the Australian government to the PNGDF in the early 1970s, only 979 (18 per cent) remain in state armouries….

In the 2004 PNGDF small arms audit, 52 grenade launchers and ten RPG launcher tubes remained unaccounted for…

Very few commercially made, high-powered firearms are smuggled into PNG from foreign countries. Instead, the majority are stolen from fellow countrymen who own them legally, but fail to keep them securely. Most of these leak from state-owned stocks, although many are also taken from lawful owners during burglaries and in other crime. In recent years, soldiers and police provided the most destructive firearms used in crime and conflict in PNG.

[*The 'Self Loading Rifle' (SLR) was a regional version of the NATO FN-FAL manufactured under licence in Australia.]

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