Arms Trafficking

There are an estimated 70 to 100 million AK-47s in circulation worldwide.

Source: William Hartung and Rachel Stohl, ” Hired Guns” , Foreign Policy, May/June 2004.

Due to an increase in supply, the price of an AK-47 dropped from $250 to $75 in the Niger Delta over an 18 month period.

Source: Douglas Farah, ” The Merchant of death,” Foreign Policy, November/December 2006, Sidebox: Arms Around the World, pg. 59.

Worldwide, an estimated one million small arms are either lost or stolen each year and often end up for sale in the black market.

Source: Rachel Stohl, “The Tangled Web of Illicit Arms Trafficking,” Center for American Progress, October 14, 2004, (accessed: November 15, 2006).

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Police departments across the United States report up to 500,000 weapons are lost each year due to small scale burglary in the country.

Source: Rachel Stohl, “The Tangled Web of Illicit Arms Trafficking,” Center for American Progress, October 14, 2004, (accessed: November 15, 2006).

 

In Iraq, the prices of small arms have increased since the U.S. invasion. According to a report by the New York Times, Kalashnikovs were priced between $75 to $150 in early 2003. By late 2006, the prices increased to the range of $210 to $650. In some areas of Iraq, the price has increased to $800, with compact Kalashnikovs favored by Osama bin Laden selling for as much as $2000.

 

According to charity Oxfam, bullets are being sold on the black market in Iraq at a cost of 15 cents to 45 cents per bullet.

Worldwide, up to10 to 14 billion bullets are produced, an average of 33 million per day.  The market in small arms ammunition is worth between $2 to $3 Billion per year.

(Prices of AK-47s and other weapons on the black market.)

 

In 2007, a rocket propelled grenade launcher was being sold on the black market in in Iraq for $100. Grenades for the launder were being sold to insurgents for $50 per grenade.

The Russian model of the Ak-47 was being sold for close to $500 in 2007. Back in 2003, the gun was being sold for $50.

Source: Ahmed Rasheed and Ross Colvin, ” Iraqi police selling weapons on black market,” Reuters, February 5, 2007.

According to the Mexican Department of National Defense, 10,579 guns were seized in Mexico that originated from the United States. This figure is up from the 3,214 guns that were seized in 2002.

Source: Chris Hawley, “Bush broaches U.S. gun smuggling,” Arizona Republic, March 15, 2007.

As many as 2,000 guns purchased in the US are smuggled into Mexico each day.

Source: Manuel Roig-Franzia, “U.S. Guns Behind Cartel Killing in Mexico,” Washington Post, October 29, 2007.