High firearm ownership among U.S. law enforcement officers linked to increased risk of suicidal thoughts, Rutgers study reveals

Rutgers University researchers have identified concerning links between high firearm ownership and storage practices among U.S. law enforcement officers and increased risk of suicidal thoughts,

INEW: Documenting two years of global harm to civilians from the use of explosive weapons in populated areas (2021-2022)

A new report released today by the International Network on Explosive Weapons (INEW) presents data on the patterns of harm from the use of explosive weapons in populated areas.

Major differences found between US Department of Defence and the Federal Procurement Database System contract listings

This report is part of AOAV’s investigation into the DoD’s small arms expenditure during the War on Terror.  For information on what a small arm is, please see here. To understand more about US DoD contracts visit here. The investigation also included an examination of US expenditure for small arms for Iraq, which can be read here, and Afghanistan, see […]

AOAV assesses the incidence of SALW trafficking between Burundi and the DRC

The Great Lakes region of Africa has, in recent times, been afflicted by staggering levels of violence.  Much of the violence has been perpetrated using small arms and light weapons (SALW), by far the weapons that cause the most harm globally, and which still cause great suffering in the region today.  Part of the problem […]

AOAV works with civil society and the small arms commissions of Burundi and DRC to advocate for the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT)

The Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) is a piece of international legislation which aims to regulate the international trade in conventional weapons. It was adopted by the United Nations on 2nd April 2013 and obliges State Parties to ensure appropriate and effective controls on all trade of conventional arms. Increased accountability and transparency in the activities […]

Reducing Harm, Rebuilding Lives

Over the years, AOAV has been strengthening its strategy to reduce violence and assist the people affected by armed violence. The programmes team has established several projects in different countries; some focus on demining, others focus on victims’assistance and managing small arms, among others. With an excellent team in the field, hands-on direction from headquarters and on–going involvement of beneficiaries, AOAV has experienced great achievements and results […]

AOAV is not sure what the PoA achieved this year. How about you?

New York in June is, at least according to the late, great Frank Sinatra, a likeable place to be. Perhaps this bucolic view was not shared, however, by those who were in the Big Apple this year to debate the impact of guns around the world. For June saw yet another week of yet more, […]

In focus: Miriam Pemberton, Research Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies

Miriam Pemberton is a Research Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies, writing and speaking on demilitarization issues for its Foreign Policy In Focus project. AOAV met her to talk about her work. AOAV: What’s your main focus of interest in terms of your research? Miriam Pemberton: Demilitarisation of the economy. We’re at the beginning […]

In focus: Josh Horowitz, Executive Director, Coalition to Stop Gun Violence

AOAV: So tell me a little bit about the [Coalition to Stop Gun Violence], its genesis and its specific aims. Josh Horowitz: The coalition was formed in 1974.  In 1978 we added our educational fund, which is our C-3 component.  And the C-4 coalition is known as one of the most aggressive advocates for gun […]

In focus: Arkadi Gerney, Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress

AOAV: Could you tell us a little bit about what the Center does and what you do within the Center? Arkadi Gerney: The Center for American Progress is a progressive think-and-action tank, so it is both a think-tank and an advocacy group.  It covers many, many issues, and guns is one of them. I’m relatively new […]

Study finds 44 US school shootings since Newtown

A new study has shown the extent of gun violence in American schools since the Newtown shooting in December 2012. The research, conducted jointly by Moms Demand Action and Mayors Against Illegal Guns, catalogues 44 shootings at American educational institutions since Adam Lanza shot 20 children and six teachers at an elementary school in Connecticut […]

In focus: Kristen Rand, Legislative Director of the Violence Policy Center

AOAV:  What is the Violence Policy Centre? Kristen Rand:  We’re a national non-profit organisation, and we do research and policy development and advocacy to reduce gun violence in America. AOAV: What is your main role in the policy centre? Rand:  I’m the legislative director, I handle all of our lobbying and legislative activities.  We are sort […]