About us

The International Action Network on Small Arms is the global movement against gun violence, linking civil society organisations working to stop the proliferation and misuse of small arms and light weapons. IANSA supports efforts to make people safer by reducing demand for such weapons, improving firearm regulation and strengthening controls on arms transfers. Through research, advocacy and campaigning, IANSA members are promoting local, national, regional and global measures to strengthen human security.
(IANSA Mission Statement)

IANSA seeks to make people safer from gun violence. It represents the voices of civil society on the international stage, for example in the UN process on small arms, and draws on the practical experience of its members to campaign for policies that will protect human security.

IANSA is composed of a wide range of organisations concerned with small arms, including policy development organisations, national gun control groups, women's groups, research institutes, aid agencies, faith groups, survivors, human rights and community action organisations.

IANSA aims to reduce small arms violence by:

  • raising awareness among policymakers, the public and the media about the global threat to human rights and human security caused by small arms
  • promoting civil society efforts to prevent arms proliferation and armed violence through policy development, public education and research - fostering collaborative advocacy efforts, and providing a forum for NGOs to share experiences and build skills
  • facilitating civil society participation in global and regional processes - promoting the voices of survivors, in solidarity with them and their families

IANSA has four membership categories:

  • Full Members of IANSA are civil society organisations whose work includes action to stop firearm proliferation and misuse. They must sign and adhere to the Members’ Charter (see below), and support the mission statement, values and current policy positions of IANSA and demonstrate that some of their activities further the mission.
  • Supporters are individuals and organisations who are supportive of the work of IANSA and its members. They endorse IANSA’s mission and aims, and may participate in some of its working groups and other operational structures. They are not, however, full members, and are not entitled to vote in IANSA’s membership and representation mechanisms.
  • Information Contacts are other people and organisations whose work benefits from the information provided by IANSA and its working structures. They are recipients of this information, but may participate in IANSA operational structures in only a limited way, and are not entitled to vote in its membership and representation mechanisms.
  • Honorary Members are individuals with no relevant current affiliations, who have significant standing in the world of policy on small arms and light weapons and are willing to offer their voice in support of IANSA’s advocacy work.


IANSA Members’ Charter

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