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Demetriou, Spyros, Robert Muggah and Ian Biddle. 2002 ‘Weapons Currently in Circulation.’ Small Arms Availability, Trade and Impacts in the Republic of Congo; Special Report No. 2, p. 1. Geneva: Small Arms Survey, the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva / International Organisation for Migration / UN Development. 1 April

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Weapons Currently in Circulation

There are estimated to be between 39,000 and 43,000 small arms currently in circulation. The estimated global average is therefore 41,000 weapons.

The weapons collection component of the UNDP/IOM Programme has collected approximately 2,800 weapons, or the equivalent of five per cent of the (pre-2000) total from society.

Assuming that the weapons collected by the Comité de Suivi (CDS) in 1999–2000 have not been re-circulated, the combined quantity of small arms taken out of ex-combatant hands since 1999 amounts to 28 per cent of all weapons in circulation (i.e. 16,000 weapons).

[IOM = International Organization for Migration; UNDP = United Nations Development Programme]

ID: Q5145

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