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

According to a revealing dossier released by IANSA member the Ceasefire Campaign, 58 countries receiving arms exports from South Africa between 2000-2009 failed to meet at least one of the criteria required by the National Conventional Arms Control Act. <--break->

National gun laws

On 28 June, the US Supreme Court ruled that the Second Amendment right to bear arms not only limits federal power but also that of state and local governments to regulate guns.

National gun laws

185,000 people signed a petition to ban large-caliber handguns in Germany.

National gun laws, Regional Cooperation

IANSA members in the Central Africa region have participated in a capacity building workshop in Libreville on 28-30 June, organised by the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) through the European Union Project in Support to Peace and Security Matters.

The Caribbean Institute for the Rule of Law (ICED) conducted a survey which shows that 42% of women victims of domestic violence in the Dominican Republic have been threatened with a gun.

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.