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

1,800 guns were destroyed at National Police Headquarters in Panama City on 27 October.

30,081 pieces of M-16A1 automatic rifles were destroyed in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) from 15 September to 15 October. 

The Brazilian Minister of Justice has signed an agreement with IANSA member Viva Rio, establishing their disarmament campaign as a permanent state policy.

1500 locally produced firearms have been destroyed in Asuki, Ghana.

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