Weapons collection and destruction

Firearms remain lethal for many years after manufacture. In Iraq, guns dating from 1918 are still being used. When weapons remain in struggling post-conflict societies, they can cause more damage than they did during the conflict. In El Salvador, more people were shot dead in 10 years of peace than during the previous 12 years of war. And the overall number of these weapons is increasing - an estimated 10 guns are manufactured for every gun destroyed.

In post-conflict situations, weapons collection is an important aspect of disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration (DDR) and related processes. The UN published International DDR Standards in 2006. Collection programs have also been successful in non-conflict situations, such as gun amnesties in Australia and Brazil.

Public gun destructions have been used to raise awareness, improve public confidence and symbolise an end to conflict. Examples have been 'flames of peace' in Cambodia and Mali, and gun sculptures in Macedonia and Mozambique.

Últimas noticias

Children surrendered their toy guns in an act to symbolise the rejection of violence and promote disarmament during a public event in Medellin, Colombia on 10 December.

On 2 December, 9487 weapons were destroyed in Sogamoso, Colombia.

28,285 weapons were destroyed in Zeleznik, Serbia on 7 December. The Serbian Ministry of Interior organised the destruction with support from SEESAC.

Nearly 300 guns were turned over to police during a firearms amnesty in the Canadian province of Manitoba during the month of October.

From 26 October to 6 November, over 300 guns and 5,200 rounds of ammunition were collected and destroyed during a public disarmament campaign in Bogota, Colombia.

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