Firearm trafficking and serious
and organised crime gangs
Australian Institute of Criminology
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. As the report was limited to open source material, some of the nuances of, or emerging trends in, the illicit firearm trade are still to be drawn out. However, the report presents, using data on unregistered firearm seized by Australian state and territory police, a fuller picture of the type of firearms that serious and organised crime groups are actively obtaining and the common routes of supply from the licit to the illicit market.