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Locally-made firearms widespread in Nigeria

Local firearms producers using local blacksmithing capabilities are producing a wide variety of weaponry in the country, ranging from simple shotguns and muzzle loaders to assault rifles and sub-machine guns. These locally-produced weapons are used in up to 69% of all firearms-related crimes in some states. Research by the Small Arms Survey suggests that these weapons are readily available and can be up to four times cheaper as their imported equivalents. This research highlights the growing difficulties in the fight against the proliferation of small arms, as local markets are increasingly able to react to decreased international weapons flows.  

Source: Small Arms Survey – New Small Arms Survey Briefing Paper: Craft weapons used in significant proportions of firearm-related crime in four Nigerian states

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