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

In Canada, the Quebec Government has filed a legal challenge to stop the deletion of the data currently kept in the national long-gun registry.

International trade controls

A steady flow of small arms and light weapons to both state and non-state actors is fuelling a growing number of conflicts within and beyond South Sudan.

International trade controls

On 5 April, alleged arms dealer Viktor Bout was sentenced to 25 years in prison in a US Court.

Stockpile management and security

Around 14,000 people remain homeless in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo, weeks after a munitions depot exploded, killing 223 people, wounding 2,500 and destroying large parts of the city.


On 16 April, we commemorate the fifth anniversary of the Virginia Tech shooting, when 32 people were murdered on the campus of the university in Blacksburg, Virginia (US) by a student with two semi-automatic handguns.

Latest resources

International trade controls

The Africa Europe Faith & Justice Network (AEFJN) has released three new resources: a list of organisations working on arms control in Africa; a report on arms exports and transfers from Europe to Africa; and a report outlining trends in arms exports and transfers between African countries. More

On 3 March, members of the Control Arms Campaign addressed the UN, as part of the second session of the Preparatory Committee on the Arms Trade Tready (ATT).

International trade controls

A new 2 page brief on how the inclusion of small arms and light weapons (SALW) and Ammunition is currently being treated in ATT discussions.

This short article by IANSA women participating in the Arms Trade Treaty Preparatory Committee (ATT PrepCom) was published in the ‘Arms Trade Treaty Monitor’, a joint initiative of Reaching Critical Will of WILPF, Global Action to Prevent War, Oxfam International, and IANSA.

Security sector reform

The use of private military companies has been a source of controversy for many years. The UN has addressed the subject through its human rights system.