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

National gun laws

The Danish Minister of Justice has announced that powerful air guns will be included in the national gun law and brought under the same restrictions as firearms.

International trade controls

Les associations et organisations belges francophones membres du RAIAL (Réseau d’Action international sur les Armes Légères) ont adressé aujourd’hui aux membres du Comité ministériel wallon restreint, aux parlementaires wallons et aux présidents de partis

International trade controls

Thanks to Kerian N. Pelenah of Liberians United to Expose Hidden Weapons for sharing this statement on the conviction of former Liberian president Charles Taylor.

Marking and tracing

On April 20, the Organisation of American States (OAS) and the Government of the Dominican Republic signed an agreement to work together on a project to promote firearms marking and arms control

Border controls, Regional Cooperation

The Legislative Assembly of the East African Community (EAC) have passed an amendment to the East African Community Customs Management Act that highlights the need for more cooperation and information sharing between authorities in the region to help prevent gun trafficking.

Latest resources

Women, gender and guns
Issued by the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue, this collection of articles explores the reasons for women’s under-representation in peace processes, in terms of both participation in peace processes and gender content in agreements.

This article, written by IANSA woman Rebecca Gerome, was originally published on

The UN Programme of Action Open Ended Meeting of Governmental Experts (MGE) will take place 9-13 May 2011 at the UN Headquarters in New York.

Cette édition contient: les dernières nouvelles du bureau de New York, les détails sur la récente session du Comité  préparatoire sur le commerce des armes et sur la Commission des Nations Unies de  la condition de la femme ainsi que les événements à venir.

International trade controls

"Mapping the Labyrinth: more on the strange weapons flight of 4L-AWA", written by TransArms and International Peace Information Service, is the third in a series of reports about the case of a IL-76 aircraft used for an apparently clandestine arms flight from Pyongyang in contravention of the United Nations arms embargo on North Korea.