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Western Sahara — Gun Facts, Figures and the Law

TransfersGun Trade and Trafficking

Firearm Imports

Small Arms Imports (US$) - Customs

The annual value of small arms and ammunition imports to Western Sahara is reported by Customs to be US$161,9971 (2001)

MeasuresGun Regulation

Right to Possess Firearms

In Western Sahara, the right to private gun ownership is not guaranteed by law2 3

MeasuresInternational Controls

Regional Agreements

African Union

In June 2006, as a member of the African Union, Western Sahara adopted an African Common Position to take to the Conference to Review the UN Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects (UNPoA), held in June 20064 5

United Nations Membership

In the UN List of Member States, Western Sahara is not a Member State of the United Nations6

Wassenaar Arrangement

The Wassenaar Arrangement on Export Controls and Conventional Arms and Dual-Use Goods and Technologies does not list7 Western Sahara as a Participating State

Short References


Marsh, Nicholas.2014.‘Database of Authorised Transfers of Small Arms and Light Weapons.’ NISAT Small Arms Trade Database.Oslo:Norwegian Initiative on Small Arms Transfers,22 December. (Q16)Full Citation


Sherman, Amy and Tom Ginsburg.2014.‘Gun Rights in National Constitutions.’ Marco Rubio Says Second Amendment Is Unique in Speech to NRA.Miami, FL:Miami Herald (PolitiFact Florida),29 April. (Q8507)Full Citation


Zachary Elkins, Tom Ginsburg and James Melton. 2013. ‘U.S. Gun Rights Truly Are American Exceptionalism.’ Bloomberg (USA). 7 March. (N422) Full Citation


African Union / UNODA.2005.‘Windhoek Common Position.’ United Nations Programme of Action Implementation Support System: Regional Organisations.New York, NY:African Union / United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs,14 December. (Q3216)Full Citation


African Union.2015.‘Member States.’ African Union: A United and Strong Africa.Addis Ababa:African Union,10 August. (Q10548)Full Citation


UN.2013.‘Member States of the United Nations.’ Web Site.New York, NY:United Nations General Assembly,7 April. (Q290)Full Citation


Wassenaar Arrangement.1996.‘Introduction: Participating States.’ Wassenaar Arrangement on Export Controls and Conventional Arms and Dual-Use Goods and Technologies.Vienna:Wassenaar Secretariat,12 July. (Q19)Full Citation