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Combatting Firearms Trafficking: the need for international cooperation

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In 2017 police recorded a 13% increase in gun related crime across the UK as compared to the previous 12 months, and a 42% increase across the Metropolitan Police area. Whilst the UK has some of the tightest regulations in relation to the ownership and use of firearms in the World and enjoys the protection of being water-locked, illegal firearms continue to be found on the UK streets and used in crime.

The proliferation of small arms and light weapon in regions of current and past conflict such as Eastern Europe and Africa, the expansion of the Dark Web, the recycling of ‘junk’ and ‘antique’ weapons, and advances in 3D printing mean that firearms continue to threaten UK and European security. Reporting on the findings from an EU funded study entitled Project EFFECT, Dr Helen Poole who co-led to the project, will discuss how ballistic intelligence can reveal the way in which firearms move across borders, the impact of inconsistent legislation between states, and the loopholes that traffickers exploit to arm criminals and terrorists, such as those responsible for the co-ordinated Paris attacks in November 2015. She will also consider the potential impact of current Interpol activity under the iARMs project.

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