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

International trade controls

DAKS’ latest newsletter presents articles on Germany’s arms sales in 2008 and the use of German-manufactured weapons against civilians during the recent protests in Iran. More

Marking and tracing, National gun laws

A firearms database has linked more than 350 guns with crimes in its first year of operation in England and Wales. It works by combining advanced forensic technology and police intelligence information.

Marking and tracing

The latest edition of the Mispo.org newsletter explains the steps that should be followed when photographing arms and ammunition so that the images can be used to identify the weapons.

National gun laws

Just three weeks into 2010, the US has seen an alarming number of shootings and armed domestic violence incidents throughout the country.

Armed violence and development

In 2008, more than 1,000 people were killed and nearly 1,300 injured by armed violence in Burundi, revealed 'Insecurity Is Also a War', a study by the Small Arms Survey on behalf of the Geneva Declaration on Armed Violence & Development.

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.