If West Africa should be any bellwether, then craft production of firearms has a future. According to The Illicit Arms Trade in Africa:
Finally, the unauthorised craft production of firearms by local
gunsmiths is a significant source of illicit small arms in some areas. A recent study of craft production in Ghana by Emmanuel Kwesi Aning found that the country’s unlicensed gunsmiths have the collective capacity to produce up to 200,000 firearms a
year, some of which are reportedly “of a quality comparable with industrially produced guns”.
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