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Alpers, Philip and Conor Twyford. 2003 ‘Stockpiles and Trafficking in the Pacific.’ Small Arms in the Pacific; Occasional Paper No. 8, p. 17. Geneva: Small Arms Survey, the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva. 31 March
Thefts from private dwellings are common. In 2002, an Australian Institute of Criminology study found that in the six years to June 2000, more than 25,000 firearms were reported stolen from civilian owners.
Fifty-two per cent of the firearms stolen were rifles, while shotguns and handguns accounted for 21 per cent and 14 per cent respectively.
Although this only equates to about 4,000 thefts a year, there is widespread agreement that many more thefts go unreported. Indeed, one of the perceived limitations of the 1996 firearm reforms is that owners may be unlikely to report the theft of a firearm if, since the reforms were introduced, they were no longer eligible to possess it or had not registered it.
Mouzos, Jenny. 2002b. 'Firearms Theft in Australia.' Trends and Issues in Crime and Criminal Justice, No. 230. Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology. February.