n African Security Review - Making progress in tracking illegal arms : ready, set, trace : feature

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Extracted from text ... Watch the television news most nights in South Africa and one will see a report of vio-lent crime that has taken place, sometimes with a picture of the gun used in the crime lying on the ground. Stay tuned and images will come up of rebels in Liberia or C?te d'Ivoire hoisting automatic rifles over their heads. Most often the viewer is caught up in the story being told and the unfolding politi-cal events. However some people spend their time focusing on the weapons shown on the screen and wondering how that pistol ended up in Hillbrow or that AK-47 in Liberia. Increasingly, politicians, policy-makers and law enforcement agencies are realising that if they ..


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