Arms Control

Arms Control

The project carries out activities aimed at reducing armed violence. Since the trade in firearms transcends borders, its activities are implemented both within and outside the country. A survey conducted by Viva Rio/ISER shows that 90% of the weapons in the country (15 million) are in the hands of individuals in civil society, and not the state. Of the above total, 50% are illegal.

Several activities were developed in the last decade. The project’s objectives are: reducing the demand for weapons (public awareness campaigns on the dangers of weapons), controlling the supply (anti-smuggling and production, sale, export and import monitoring to prevent fraud), inventory control (destruction of surplus weapons and programs of voluntary firearms surrender).