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International Crisis Group. 2010 ‘Civilian Gun Ownership.’ Illicit Arms in Indonesia (No. 109), p. 2. Jakarta: International Crisis Group. 6 September

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By official statistics, Indonesia has one of the lowest rates of civilian gun ownership in the world.

Any owner of a gun other than police or military must have a police permit, signed by the national police commander. Getting a permit is a lengthy and complicated process. Ordinary civilians between the ages of eighteen and 65 can own a gun for recreation but not self-defence, and even then, permits are only issued to members of the Indonesian Shooting and Hunting Association (Persatuan Menembak dan Berburu Indonesia, PERBAKIN) – and individuals have to be members of an authorised shooting club for a year before they can even apply. The kinds of guns that civilians may use is also regulated by law and restricted to certain kinds of handguns and hunting rifles.

Once obtained, the gun permit has to be extended every two years, with a psychological test taken each time. PERBAKIN maintains storage centres for guns, usually at the district police station; members who lose their guns through negligence are immediately expelled and can be prosecuted. As of August 2010, police said 6,551 people had valid firearm permits for recreational use, not counting airsoft guns…

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