ArmsTracker fills gaps in national arms and ammunition control by enabling simple, accurate record-keeping and enforcement of weapon laws in local languages. Available only to government agencies in eligible UN Member States, this simple but powerful software digitises arms and ammunition record-keeping, imports and exports, gun owner licensing and firearm registration.

Each installation is tailor-made for the relevant government agency to enforce national and regional laws and to complement existing systems. Consultation, customisation and installation is followed by staff and community training. ArmsTracker evolves and improves as each new government agency installs its own customised version. Join the ArmsTracker Community to take advantage of International Assistance donors, and to fund an upgrade of your national or regional arms control system. Find out more at armstracker.org.

Alongside ArmsTracker, we offer a range of other technical resources and assistance to help agencies and stakeholders build capacity and fill compliance gaps with international standards.

This includes assistance with:

  • Making the national case for joining international standards and treaties, preparing documents for Cabinet Papers, Parliamentary Briefings and Public Consultations
  • Legislative amendment proposals
  • National Control List development
  • National Action Plan development
  • Interagency Coordination Committee templates
  • National training videos and resources
  • Interagency coordination mechanism resources and virtual participation in meetings and training when requested

If you are upgrading your national arms control system and any aspect of this service may be of interest, please contact us at info@armedviolencereduction.org.

With more than 200,000 pages of news, data and comparative charts, and visited by up to a million uniquely identifiable users per year, GunPolicy.org is the world’s most comprehensive and accessible Web source for published evidence on armed violence, firearm law and gun control.

GunPolicy.org is hosted at The University of Sydney School of Public Health, in partnership with CAVR. The Sydney School of Public Health provides internationally recognised leadership in public health by advancing and disseminating knowledge — in this case, supporting global efforts to prevent gun injury. With its partners and contributors, GunPolicy.org promotes the public health model of firearm injury prevention, as adopted by the World Health Organisation’s Global Campaign for Violence Prevention and the United Nations small arms Programme of Action (UNPoA). 

Save a Million is a new initiative which seeks to scale up proven, cost-saving armed violence reduction programs. The initial focus is on urban homicide reduction where it is highest.

Responding to deadly incidents is very expensive with high healthcare, justice and prison costs. Urban armed violence also reduces economic activity and property value resulting in lower government tax revenue. Some prevention programs not only save lives, they also cost a lot less than responding after each incident. Programs such as Cure Violence Global and Group Violence Intervention consistently reduce deadly urban violence levels by more than 50% in sites for which they can obtain grants and have a typical return on investment to society of around $40 and to government of around $4 for every dollar spent. Despite this there are fewer grants available in times of recession and spiralling debt, so preventable death and debt rise further. Even in times of budget surplus many effective prevention programs are trapped in captivity: relying on ‘capped activity’ grants which are small, periodic and unconnected to any savings they generate. There are investment instruments used in other fields which can be adapted and applied to proven armed violence prevention programmes, such as:

  • Outcome Rate Cards and other Pay for Success models which re-invest a portion of the savings successful programs create.
  • Tax Increment Finance which is designed to reduce blight in urban areas and should be applied to reducing the worst form of blight in many cities: deadly shootings. There are also other forms of land value capture which can be adapted. A recent study showed a $358,000 reduction in property tax revenue alone for the City government per homicide.

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