Reducing Firearm Related Violence: Police Practices in Containing Illicit Firearms in Asia

Mahesh K. Nalla, Michigan State University
Korni Swaroop Kumar, SUNY, College at Potsdam

This paper deals with police practices regarding the possession of illicit firearms as well as their efforts to reduce criminal misuse of firearms and improve public safety. Drawing data from a survey of Asian countries and results of a workshop conducted by the United Nations on firearm related issues which was attended by representatives of member states, we identify numerous outcomes. These include police organizations' efforts in which firearm misuse can be limited by strengthening the conditions of eligibility, conditions of use, training in firearm use, safe storage, removal of excess firearms, and also by public awareness programs. The paper also focuses on major international initiatives for reducing illicit trafficking in firearms.

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