Border controls

Guns are relatively easy to smuggle across borders. Strengthening border controls and improving cross-border cooperation are important aspects of reducing armed violence.

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More than 20.000 people have signed a petition urging US President Barack Obama to take action to stop gun smuggling from the US to Mexico.

A new report by the South Eastern and Eastern Europe Clearinghouse for the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons (SEESAC) analyses the production of national and regional reports on arms exports

In Ghana, the West Africa Network for Peace building (WANEP) has issued a security alert after 56 foreign nationals carrying significant amounts of arms and ammunition have been arrested near the Ivorian border.

The US Justice Department has announced new measures to prevent arms trafficking into Mexico.

The movement of illicit arms and mercenaries across borders in West Africa poses grave danger to the stability of the region, according to the ECOWAS Commission in Abuja.

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This document outlines recommendations that would strengthen areas of the Arms Trade Treaty that have the potential to control and reduce the proliferation of small arms and light weapons and related ammunition. The inclusion of these is vital if the Arms Trade Treaty is to be effective in saving lives and reducing serious injury to people around the world.

A slideshow of images on the theme “Guns don't need passports to cross the U.S.-Mexico border” is available here.

This brief includes a report from a course on small arms and border security management took place from the 14-25 of March 2010, as well as an analysis of the conflict in Cote d'Ivoire and it's implications for the proliferation of small arms in the West African region.

The International Small Arms Control Standards (ISACS) will include a module on border control, to be published during 2011 (estimated).