Arms Trafficking: Small Arms and WMDs

  • Hanna Samir Kassab
  • Jonathan D. Rosen


There are 875 million small arms in the world, and the majority—650 million—are owned by civilians. Of the civilian stockpile, gangs have an estimated two to ten million arms. Moreover, non-state armed groups have between 1.1 and 1.8 million arms. Law enforcement has 26 million arms, while the armed forces have 200 million arms. This chapter is an effort to examine the trends in arms, particularly the trafficking in small weapons and WMDs.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hanna Samir Kassab
    • 1
  • Jonathan D. Rosen
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Political ScienceNorthern Michigan UniversityMarquetteUSA
  2. 2.Holy Family UniversityPhiladelphiaUSA

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