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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Crisis Action, a group based in the UK, has issued a report on Cote d’Ivoire and the risk of an outbreak of armed conflict involving massive violence against civilians.

The Ghana section of the West Africa Action Network on Small Arms (WAANSA-Ghana) presented its new 5-year Strategic Plan to the national media in Accra, Ghana on 9 December.

Groupe de recherche et d'information sur la paix et la sécurité (GRIP) has issued a paper on 'Managing Land Borders and the Trafficking of Small Arms and Light Weapons'.

An estimated 4,976 firearms were trafficked from the USA to Mexico in 2009, according to a new report by the Mexico Institute at the Woodrow Wilson Center and the Trans-Border Institute at the University of San Diego.

Significant improvements in the operation of the largest gun show in Arizona State (US) aredescribed in new photo-essay by the Violence Prevention Research Programme at the University of California in Davis.

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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).