Small arms: Stockpile management

Many States lack thorough planning and consistent attention to safe storage, handling, transportation and disposal of weaponry. Poor national inventory practices mean that surpluses cannot be identified, leading to build-ups of frequently unnecessary stockpiles.

Stocks are susceptible to diversion if they are not appropriately secured and managed. Weapons diversion – also a key concept in the Arms Trade Treaty – tends to sustain armed non-State actors, terrorist organizations and organized criminal networks.