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

International trade controls

The Norwegian Initiative on Small Arms Transfers (NISAT) have updated their ‘Arms Trade Mapper’, an online tool for visualising data on the global trade in small arms. It provides the option to view trade between countries, and individual profiles for each country

International trade controls

The new report 'Transparency and accountability: monitoring and reporting methods under an Arms Trade Treaty' has been released by TransArms Research and the International Peace Information Service (IPIS).

National gun laws

On 15 February, the Conservative government of Canada won approval in Parliament for Bill C-19 that will abolish the national registry of rifles and shotguns and allow the destruction of records on 7.1 million guns currently registered.

National gun laws

The Mayor of Chicago, US, Rahm Emanuel, has proposed a law that will require handgun owners all over the state of Illinois to register their weapons. Currently only the city of Chicago requires handguns to be registered.

Weapons collection and destruction

The National Commission on small arms in the DR Congo has established a regional office in the western city of Boma, with support from UNDP to bring together local representatives of the military, the national police and intelligence, border control officials and civil society organisations.

Latest resources

UN Small Arms Process

The Final Outcome Document of the Fourth Biennial Meeting of States (BMS) to Consider the Implementation of the Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects (PoA) is now available.

Women, gender and guns

A new issue of ‘Cross the Lines’, a quarterly publication by the Women Peacemakers Program of the International Fellowship Of Reconciliation, is out.

Women, gender and guns

The NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security has released the August 2010 Monthly Action Points (MAP) on Women, Peace and Security for the UN Security Council.

International trade controls

Amnesty International launched its new report ‘Deadly Movements: Arms Transportation Controls in the Arms Trade Treaty’ (ATT) on 19 July. <--break->

International trade controls

A new publication by the Small Arms Survey reveals the realities of transparency and opaqueness in the ammunition market.