Taking stock of action on the illicit small arms trade: Craft weapons

What do we know?

  • Production in Nigeria ranges from simple, crude weapons to sophisticated 9mm Beretta semi-automatic pistol copies. Some producers are community-based blacksmiths who produce weapons for hunting purposes while some — younger — producers have mobile workshops and fabricate weapons on demand.
  • Craft production in Côte d’Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), and Senegal represents only a small part of blacksmiths’ activities and income. This, in turn, provides entry points for regulating and preventing such production, as legislation and implementation would have a lesser impact on the livelihoods of these artisans.
Source: Matthias Nowak/Small Arms Survey

What has been done?

Where do we go from here?

  • Chair: Matthias Nowak, Small Arms Survey
  • Sani Adamu, Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)
  • Georges Berghezan, Groupe de recherche et d’information sur la paix et la sécurité (GRIP)
  • Adenike Cole, Sierra Leone Action Network on Small Arms (SLANSA)
  • Jerzy Makarowski, Permanent Mission of Sweden in Geneva
  • Wilphred Samuel Taylor, Sierra Leone National Commission on Small Arms (SLeNCSA)




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