Missing Pieces: A Guide for Reducing Gun Violence Through Parliamentary Action
Author: Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue & Inter-Parliamentary Union
Worldwide, the majority of small arms and light weapons are held not by military personnel of law enforcement officers, but by private citizens. As these guns are routinely misused, stolen, or otherwise leaked into the illicit trade, it is imperative that gun ownership and access by civilians be adequately regulated and limited at the national level. Parliamentarian action is critical to turning the tide of gun proliferation and violence. By strengthening or creating national laws, improving implementation and enforcement, stimulating and leading public debate, parliaments can set new standards for reducing the societal impacts of gun violence. This guide is written for parliamentarians, their advisors, and civil society to guide, inspire, and suggest action.