22 Aug 2018

Baghdad gun shops thrive after Iraqi rethink on arms control

Iraq has legalized the buying, selling, and possession of handguns and semi-automatic rifles. Since the end of the Hussein regime in 2003, the country’s illegal weapons market has been saturated with looted guns from police stations and military bases. Buyers ranged from jihadists to citizens seeking self-defense in a lawless

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25 Jun 2018

Locally-made firearms widespread in Nigeria

Local firearms producers using local blacksmithing capabilities are producing a wide variety of weaponry in the country, ranging from simple shotguns and muzzle loaders to assault rifles and sub-machine guns. These locally-produced weapons are used in up to 69% of all firearms-related crimes in some states. Research by the Small

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15 Jun 2018

EU develops common strategy for illicit weapons reduction

Addressing the threats posed by terrorism, organized crime, and others, the EU has adopted a strategy to combat illicit firearms, small arms and light weapons. The strategy document establishes objectives and measures that it will implement, as well as the roles of governments, police bodies, and polities responsible for the

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