Work areas

The problem of small arms proliferation is multidimensional– that is why such a broad array of organisations around the world are so concerned about it. On this page you will find the latest news and resources on some of the hot topics for groups working against small arms and light weapons.

Latest news

Pressure by individuals and organisations may provide the tipping point when arms exporting democracies weigh up their concerns about national interest versus human rights criteria, concludes Guy Lamb of Institute for Security Studies in the new article “South African Arms Exports: A Balancing Act”.

National gun laws

8 people were shot dead when a worker at a beer and wine distributor opened fire with a .223 calibre semi-automatic rifle in Hartford, Connecticut (USA) on 3 August.

Regional Cooperation

PIRCenter, The Russian Center for Policy Studies held their 10th annual International Summer School from June 20 - July 3, 2010.

Women, gender and guns

IANSA women in Nigeria, the Women's Right to Education Programme held a Training of Trainers’ workshop on ‘Conflict Transformation, Peace Building and Small Arms Control’ on 22-23 July.

National gun laws

Six people, including the gunman, were killed in Espoo, Finland, on 31 December 2009, leading to calls for reform of Finnish gun laws. 

Latest resources

Women, gender and guns
The first ‘Gender, Peace and Security Update (GPS)’ for 2012 from the Peace Research Institute Oslo, features PRIO researcher and Deputy Director Inger Skjelsbæk’s new book ‘The Psychology of War Rape: Studies from Bosnia and Herzegovina and the launch of the US Peace Research Endowment'.
UN Small Arms Process

Representatives of civil society spoke in the afternoon plenary session of the preparatory committee (PrepCom) for the 2012 Review Conference (RevCon) on 21 March 2012.

This article was written by Félix Kokou Aklavon, member of the International Advisory Council (IAC) and the Togolese Action Network on Small Arms (RASALT) for the Small Arms Monitor during the preparatory committee for the 2012 Review Conference on the UN Programme of Action on Small Arms (PoA).

International trade controls

The report presents (Part I and Part II) a series of cases - from the 1980s to present - that illustrate and document the continuous involvement of aviation companies in the business of war, namely in the arms supply chains and also in covert operations, all of which have often resulted in consequent severe violations of human rights, from Nicaragua to Armenia, from D.R. Congo to Afghanistan and Rwanda.

UN Small Arms Process

The purpose of the PrepCom is to lay the groundwork for the RevCon, 27 August – 7 September 2012. The PrepCom is expected to produce a draft agenda for the RevCon i.e. which solutions to the problem of gun violence are open for discussion.