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

Representatives from Viva Rio, the Parliamentary Forum on Small Arms and Light Weapons, IANSA and the UN Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UN-LiREC) joined the Venezuelan Presidential Commission on Gun and Ammunition Control and Disarmament in a seminar to share experiences on gun violence reduction

National gun laws

The Uganda National Focal Point on small arms has released a policy statement calling for a new law to replace the1970 Firearms Act, which currently regulates guns and ammunition in the country.

Armed violence and development

The Peace Portal, an online platform for peacebuilding organisations, was launched today by the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC) Foundation.

International trade controls

The UK section of Amnesty International is calling on leaders of the major political parties in the UK to commit to supporting a strong and effective Arms Trade Treaty.

Women, gender and guns

“Too many victims of gun violence are women”, according to an article by Heidi Yewman  published in Ms Magazine this week. She says, “In 2008, 7,451 women were treated in emergency rooms across America for gunshot wounds, 66 percent of which were assault-related.

Latest resources

Firearms were the weapons most widely used to kill women in 44 countries around the world, said the Third International Report on Partner Violence against Women.

Women, gender and guns

PeaceWomen launched their new upgraded website to access information and exchange resources on women, peace and security.

Weapons collection and destruction

Article from the US State Department with a list of examples of explosions at ammunition depots. Written in 2010.

Women, gender and guns

The latest bulletin of the IANSA Women’s Network is now available.

Armed violence and development

A number of countries now support the 2010 Oslo Commitments, seeking to reduce armed violence as part of achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).