International trade controls
Many of the small arms which are legally sold or transferred later find their way onto the illegal market and into the hands of abusers or criminals. Both the state-sanctioned trade and the illicit trade in arms must be tackled, in order to prevent irresponsible use of arms and the terrible human cost that follows.
Measures to improve regulation of the international export, transit and import of weapons include:
- strong national regulation on arms brokering activities, including transport and finance
- greater transparency in the reporting of international transfers (eg including small arms transfers in reports to the UN Register of Conventional Arms)