Firearm trafficking and serious and organised crime gangs

Abstract

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.