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Mwakasungula, Undule and David Nungu. 2004 ‘Firearms Recovered by the Malawi Police Service.’ Hide and Seek: Taking Account of Small Arms in Southern Africa, p. 83. Pretoria: Institute for Security Studies. 1 October

Relevant contents

There have been reports that there is an illegal market for firearms in Malawi.(11)

According to the Malawi Police, a total of 318 illegal firearms were seized between 1996 and 2001, the majority of which were AK-47, assault rifles and pistols. A small assortment of rifles, shotguns and muzzle loaders were also seized by the police (see Table 3.2 for more detailed information for the period 1999-2001). These firearms were mainly seized from organised crime syndicates, most of which held military weapons.(12)

During the first quarter of 2002 (January to March) 105 illegal firearms were seized.(13)

Table 3.2: Types of firearms recovered by the Malawi Police Service (1999 - 2001)(14)

Types of firearms: 1999 - 2000 - 2001
AK-47: 29 - 27 - 13
Pistol: 25 - 16 - 0
Other: 37 - 26 - 3
Total: 91 - 69 - 16


11) Mponda, F. "Malawi Battles Gun Proliferation Threatening Investment", Mail and Guardian, 15 July 1999.

12) Charman, op cit.

13) Cross, P. et al, Law of the Gun: An Audit of Firearms Control Legislation in the SADC Region, SaferAfrica and Saferworld, June 2003.

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