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Alpers, Philip and Conor Twyford. 2003 ‘Summary: Stockpiles and Trafficking.’ Small Arms in the Pacific; Occasional Paper No. 8, p. xvi. Geneva: Small Arms Survey, the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva. 31 March
Lawfully held civilian stockpiles of small arms in the Pacific include 3.1 million firearms, or one privately held gun for every ten people. This surpasses the global ratio of privately held firearms to population by more than 50 per cent.
The vast majority of firearms in the Pacific are owned by Australians and New Zealanders, who rank among the most heavily armed civilians in the industrialized world. New Zealand holds the largest per capita stockpile of firearms in the region.
By definition, illicit weapons are virtually impossible to count. Given that a full regional analysis may never be possible, this study can only estimate that many hundreds of thousands of illegal firearms exist in the Pacific region.