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Karp, Aaron. 2009 ‘Estimated Total Small Arms, Firearms, and Surpluses in Colombia, Rounded.’ Surplus Arms in South America: A Survey; Working Paper 7 (Table 9), p. 37. Geneva: Small Arms Survey, the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva. 1 August

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Table 9: Estimated Total Small Arms, Firearms, and Surpluses in Colombia, Rounded

Armed Forces: 535,000 (total)

Air Force: 4,000 (small arms and firearms)
Army: 445,000 (small arms and firearms)
Navy: 11,000 (small arms and firearms)
Reserves: 74,000 (small arms and firearms), 66,000 (surplus)

Obsolescent Military: 80,000? (small arms and firearms) 80,000? (surplus)

AUC (paramilitaries): unknown (total), 17,000 (surplus)*
ELN and FARC (guerrillas): unknown (total)

National Police: 66,000 (total), 0 (surplus)
Other Law Enforcement: 28,000 (total), 0 (surplus)

Civilian: 1,500,000 - 3,100,000 (total)

Civilian Legal: 706,000 (small arms and firearms)
Civilian Illegal: 800,000 - 2,400,000 (small arms and firearms)

Total: 2,200,000 - 3,800,000
Total Surplus: 135,000

*The AUC surplus is limited to weapons surrendered to the Colombian state.

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