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

Armed violence and development

The International Peace Bureau, in cooperation with the Open University of Catalonia (UOC), will hold an online course on Disarmament for Development from 27 March - 27 July.

International trade controls

IANSA member Group for Research and Information on Peace and Security (GRIP) have released a new report on ‘Ammunition controls, the ATT, and Africa: Challenges, requirements, and scope for action’.

International trade controls

The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) has released their annual ranking of the 100 highest arms producing and military services companies in 2010.

National gun laws

Police have seized more than one gun per week in Scarborough, UK, a town with a population of around 50,000. Between 2009- 2011, 177 guns were collected including shotguns, handguns and rifles.

National gun laws

The mayor of In Bogotá, Colombia, reports on a significant reduction on gun homicides in the first month of an experimental ban on civilian gun carrying in the city.

Latest resources

Border controls

The International Small Arms Control Standards (ISACS) will include a module on border control, to be published during 2011 (estimated).

Public health

Most of the Health Ministers of the Americas signed this landmark 2008 declaration, recognising the impact of guns in injuries, murders and suicides, and recommending greater cooperation to reduce access to these weapons.

Public health, UN Small Arms Process

In most countries, there is little or no accurate information on the extent of gun injuries. These UN guidelines are designed to help researchers collect this information.

National gun laws

A website with information relevant to national gun laws across the world, including country and regional laws, news and data.

National gun laws

Handguns are concealable, a strong advantage for use in criminal acts. They are also specifically designed to kill people. This table lists strengths and weaknesses of national gun laws in 16 countries.