Between Tradition and the Law: Artisanal Firearm Production in West Africa


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(Small Arms Survey) Craft firearms are deeply embedded in West Africa’s culture and history, often being used for hunting, livestock protection, and in traditional ceremonies. However, these firearms are increasingly being used in crimes and civil disturbance.

Between Tradition and The Law: Artisanal Firearm Production in West Africaa new Briefing Paper from the Small Arms Survey’s Craft Weapons in Africa: State of Play and Regulatory Approaches project—provides an overview of regional trends about the production of craft firearms, and their regulatory frameworks. It also calls for further additional research on the methods of production as well as on the trafficking dynamics of these types of weapons.

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Published: Monday, November 6, 2023

Last Updated: Thursday, November 2, 2023

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