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

In Israel, a newly proposed ‘Security Services Law’ threatens an existing, though un-enforced, clause of the Firearms Law that restricts security guards from taking their guns home. If the proposed law were implemented it would automatically allow security guards to take their guns home whilst off-duty.

National gun laws

IANSA members in Colombia at the Centro Popular para América Latina de Comunicación (CEPALC) report that Bogota's mayor has applauded the city's gun ban after street murders with weapons fell 18% in the last three months.The figures "reaffirm the purpose" of Bogota's ban on guns, launched in February 2012 for three months, and extended on Monday for another three-month period.

IANSA women at EASSI in Uganda are holding their third training on the gender dimension of small arms with funding from the European Union through the Regional Centre on Small Arms (RECSA). EASSI is a lead regional civil society organisation advocating gender mainstreaming in small arms control.

Women, gender and guns

In Colombia, the Red Nacional de Mujeres, a member of the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders has launched ‘Security Council Resolution 1325: Civil Society Monitoring Report (2011)’.

The Small Arms Survey has published “A National Survey of Small Arms and Light Weapons in Côte d’Ivoire: Arms Control and Armed Violence Prevention before the Post-electoral Crisis” in cooperation with the National Commission on Small Arms in Cote d’Ivoire, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Small Arms Control Programme (ECOSAP), and UNDP.

Latest resources

A summary report of the side event 'Applying the Mark: A meeting on the practicalities of marking firearms and ammunition' held on 9 May 2011.

A summary report of the side event 'Draft International Standards on Marking, Record-keeping and Tracing of SALW' held on 9 May 2011.

A summary report of the main points of the afternoon session on Monday 9 May at the Open-Ended Meeting of Governmental Experts, 9-13 May 2011.

A summary report of the main points of the opening session on Monday 9 May at the Open-Ended Meeting of Governmental Experts, 9-13 May 2011.

International trade controls

The Woodrow Wilson Center has released an update on their 2010 report  “U.S. Firearms Trafficking to Mexico: New Data and Insights Illuminate Key Trends and Challenges”.