This article reports on the U.S. decision to attend the U.N. Small Arms Review Conference back in November 2006. Included in the article is information about the United States’ previous actions in regards to small arms and statements on what government agencies deal SA/LW. At the end of the report is a FAQs section, which proves useful in answering basic questions about U.S. position and future plan of action.
“Actions by the United States to Stem the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons.” 9 June 2006. Bureau of Political-Military Affairs. August 2010. http://www.fas.org/asmp/campaigns/smallarms/Statefactsheet9jun06.htm
As compared to the world’s top exporter in small arms, the United States ($15.6 billion in 1995), Australia is a relatively small player in the small arms industry ($14 billion in 1995). However, Australia is still considered a source country for small arms and does have a sizeable black market. This article looks at both Australian and international affairs, as well as current international and domestic laws.
Mouzos, Jenny. “International Traffic in Small Arms: An Australian Perspective.” February 1999. Australian Institute of Criminology. August 2010. http://www.observatorioseguranca.org/pdf/01%20(56).pdf
An important, and local, example of the role that small arms play in conflict has been the drug war that is occurring along the Mexico/United States border. This conflict has also highlighted the interconnectedness of the issues of small arms, drugs, and gangs. The last portion of this article, “Global Gun Glut” gives an overview of the international, global perspective of small arms.
Lumpe, Lora. “The US Arms Both Sides of Mexico’s Drug War.” Federation of American Scientists. Summer 2007. July 2010. http://www.fas.org/asmp/library/publications/us-mexico.htm