Taking Stock of Action on the Illicit Small Arms Trade: Implications for the International Tracing Instrument of Marking and Tracing Polymer and Modular Weapons

Emilia Dungel and Paul Holtom

'The International Tracing Instrument (ITI) was adopted in 2005 and outlines requirements for tracing illicit small arms and light weapons in a timely and reliable manner. Since the time of its adoption, however, some new methods in design and manufacture of small arms and light weapons have emerged that pose new challenges in terms of marking and tracing. The tenth panel of the Small Arms Survey 2020 online forum ‘Taking stock of action on the illicit small arms trade’ featured a discussion on how to address such challenges, specifically regarding polymer and modular weapons, in the context of the upcoming seventh biennial meeting of the UN Programme of Action on small arms (PoA BMS7)...'

Keywords: PoA ITI Modular weapons Polymer weapons International Tracing Instrument Programme of Action