On 23 August, the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organised Crime published a Policy Brief which said that exploring the links between firearms trafficking and other forms of organised crime requires analysis of how guns enter illicit markets; how they enable other criminal markets to flourish; what actions are taken by governments to control their flow within and across borders; and the role firearms play in exacerbating crime and violence in communities across the world. The publication is available in English and Spanish. It provides an overview of the sources and flows feeding the global illicit firearms trade and the impact this has on the dynamics of organised crime. It also examines the shortcomings of current international regulatory frameworks and offers recommendations for states, as well as regional and international organisations, seeking to counter this illicit market.
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