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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

Armed violence and development

IANSA member in Sudan, The Human Security Initiative Organization (MAMAN), has signed a partnership agreement with UNDP to provide reintegration services for 336 demobilised ex-combatants in the South Kordofan State of Rashad, over a period of six months.

National gun laws
IANSA member Instituto Sou da Paz celebrates the decision to make a group it has led since 2010 to coordinate the city’s gun control plan into a permanent official body of local government in São Paulo, Brazil.
National gun laws
Every year, armed gang-related violence leads to numerous, preventable deaths of young people. A new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identifies 5 cities in the US with high levels of gang homicide: Los Angeles, California; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Long Beach, California; Oakland, California; and Newark, New Jersey in the period 2003-2008.
National gun laws
Test your knowledge about gun statistics and laws regulating the carrying of guns in the US in an online  quiz by the newspaper ‘Christian Science Monitor’.
Public health
An article posted on the website of the Presidential Commission for arms control and disarmament in Venezuela makes the case for a public health approach to gun violence, comparing it to epidemics such as the H1N1 flu.

Latest resources

Security sector reform

The website of the Global Facilitation Network for Security Sector Reform (GFN-SSR) contains research, best practices and contacts for SSR practitioners.

Security sector reform

Law enforcement officials (including military) are often trained in 'how' to fire a weapon. These principles provide the basis for 'when' to use a weapon, and more importantly when not to use a weapon.

Security sector reform

These rules apply to all law enforcement officials, including police and military personnel employed in a law enforcement capacity (eg crowd control). Article 3 includes restrictions on the use of firearms.

UN Small Arms Process

The 2001 UN Programme of Action on small arms (PoA) is the most comprehensive global agreement on preventing gun violence.

Regional Cooperation

UNREC is the UN regional disarmament centre in Africa. In addition to supporting initiatives to implement the UN Programme of Action on small arms, it has been coordinating the creation of the Kinshasa Convention since 2009. This Convention promotes small arms control in Central Africa. More