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Firearm trafficking and serious and organised crime gangs

Research and Public Policy Series no. 116

Samantha Bricknell
ISBN 978 1 922009 09 8 ISSN 1836-2079
Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology, June 2012


Despite strict regulations on the import, export, ownership, use, transfer and storage of licit firearms, there exists in Australia a potentially large pool of illicit firearms, some of which are acquired, stockpiled and used for serious and organised crime. This report follows a modest group of publicly released examinations of firearm trafficking operations in Australia, to describe what can be determined about the composition and maintenance of the illicit firearm market, its use by serious and organised crime groups and the diversity of transaction arrangements used to vend illicit firearms.

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