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Alpers, Philip, Robert Muggah and Conor Twyford. 2004 ‘Trouble in Paradise: Gun smuggling, leakage, and crime.’ Small Arms Survey 2004: Rights at Risk, p. 287. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 1 July
Gun Smuggling, Leakage, and Crime
In Fiji, the Solomon Islands, and Papua New Guinea, groups bent on rebellion, intimidation, and profit have treated state-owned armouries as gun supermarkets, helping themselves to weapons when needed.
Stolen military small arms have fuelled a variety of police and defence force insurrections, made possible the overthrow of elected governments, and greatly increased the lethality of armed crime and tribal and ethnic conflict.
Resource constraints, corruption, and ethnic loyalties limited the capacity of authorities to retrieve lost weapons, many of which quickly found their way into criminal hands.
In recent years the most destructive firearms used in crime and conflict in Pacific island nations were provided by soldiers and police.