Border controls

Guns are relatively easy to smuggle across borders. Strengthening border controls and improving cross-border cooperation are important aspects of reducing armed violence.

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Liberia's national police have uncovered a large cache of arms in Grand Gedeh County, close to the Cote d’Ivoire border.

A coalition of organisations in Mexico and the US has launched a petition urging US President Barack Obama to take action to stop illegal arms trafficking to Mexico.

An article in the Wall Street Journal follows the trail of a weapon made in Tennessee, sold in Missouri and traded in Texas to find out how it ended at a drug shootout in Chihuahua, Mexico.

Illegal exports of assault weapons from the US have contributed to an increase in drug-related violence in Mexico, since a ban on such weapons in the US ended in 2004, said the Mexican President, Felipe Calderon, in a TV interview on 10 May.

The uprising and violence in Syria has led to a boom in Lebanon's illegal market in small arms, according to Al Jazeera.

Latest resources

This document outlines recommendations that would strengthen areas of the Arms Trade Treaty that have the potential to control and reduce the proliferation of small arms and light weapons and related ammunition. The inclusion of these is vital if the Arms Trade Treaty is to be effective in saving lives and reducing serious injury to people around the world.

A slideshow of images on the theme “Guns don't need passports to cross the U.S.-Mexico border” is available here.

This brief includes a report from a course on small arms and border security management took place from the 14-25 of March 2010, as well as an analysis of the conflict in Cote d'Ivoire and it's implications for the proliferation of small arms in the West African region.

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