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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Gun collections and destructions, border control measures and firearms control policies were discussed by the members of the Sierra Leone National Commission on Small Arms during a two-day retreat in Makeni on 11-12 March.

Sixteen teenagers and young adults were shot dead at a high school student party in Ciudad Juarez (Mexico), just across the border from the US. Armed men broke into the party and fired indiscriminately.

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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).