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  • The Politics of Destroying Surplus Small Arms - Inconspicuous Disarmament, edited by Aaron Karp, published by Routledge, July 2009.

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State Security Forces

State security forces include military, police, customs, border police and other law enforcement agencies. Taken together, they possess about one forth of the global small arms stockpile. The majority of state-held weapons belong to military forces, with law enforcement agencies accounting for the rest. The effectiveness of the regulations regarding the storage and use of these weapons can vary greatly depending on the type of institution concerned and the means allocated to that effect. Inadequate firearm training of state agents, as well as insufficient safeguards on stocks, can lead to the illegitimate use of these weapons, their diversion to unauthorized groups or individuals, and the occurrence of deadly ammunition depot explosions.

The Small Arms Survey monitors small arms stockpiles held by states throughout the world, updating estimates of global state holdings on a regular basis. In addition, the stockpile management and security procedures that states put in place to prevent diversion or accidental explosions are analysed. Based on field and desk research undertaken by the Survey and its partners, information on states’ firearm holdings has improved in a number of settings. A lack of transparency nevertheless remains an issue in most parts of the world.


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