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Bricknell, Samantha. 2012 ‘Illegal Importation.’ Firearm Trafficking and Serious and Organised Crime Gangs; Research and Public Policy Series No. 116, pp. 24-25. Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology. 1 June

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Illegal Importation

Many, if not the majority of, firearms in both the grey and illicit markets were most likely legally imported into Australia prior to the firearm and related reforms (see next section). In 2010–11, a total of 85,035 firearms were legally imported into Australia and 4,540 were exported (ACBPS 2011a). In the same period, ACBPS recorded the detection of 5,922 undeclared firearms/airguns, parts and accessories, although not all of these undeclared items were brought in through deliberate, illegal import activity and most of these items were described as 'low risk' (Project stakeholder personal communication 7 December 2011)…

Media reports from the ACBPS (see Table 6) and AIC discussions with stakeholders indicate that it is the illegal importation of parts which is the more common scenario. The servicing of the current illicit market through illegal imports is not an unproven channel but may not be as important a trafficking route as some commentators expect or assert (eg see ABC 2011) and despite more recent high-profile cases (eg see AAP & Davies 2012)…

[ACBPS = Australian Customs and Border Protection Service; AIC = Australian Institute of Criminology]


Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS) 2011a. Annual report 2010–11. Canberra: ACBPS

Australian Broadcasting Commission (ABC) 2011. Guns are back. Background briefing.

AAP & Davies L 2012. Post office smuggling case: '220 guns imported'. Sydney Morning Herald 14 March.

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