Australian government assault rifle now a common crime gun in Papua New Guinea

Crime Assault and battery Firearms Gun control Armed violence Gun crimes Australia Papua New Guinea

The Australian SLR remains the experienced criminal's assault weapon of choice writes Philip Alpers. Of the 7,664 M-16 and SLR assault rifles delivered to the PNG Defence Force since 1971, only 2,013 (26 per cent) remain in stock. Now, Australia faces the near-inevitability of its own peacemakers facing its own guns.

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