Charities and gun groups in anti-arms campaign

Amnesty International, Oxfam and the International Action Network on Small Arms (IANSA) have joined forces with UK gun groups to raise awareness about the impact of guns at home and overseas.

The NGOs have teamed up with Mothers Against Guns and the Gun Control Network. The groups intend to launch the campaign with a ‘symbolic gun destruction event’ on UN Gun Destruction Day on 9 July, in which a steamroller will crush a trail of imitation guns at an undisclosed location in London.

British social affairs correspondents and major print and broadcast news outlets are being targeted with information about the event, which will take place at the same time as several others around the world.

Amnesty members are also publicising similar local events to regional media and communities.

The group will focus its efforts on highlighting the links between gun crime in the UK’s inner city areas and gun crime in Third World countries.

The fresh partnership with UK charities is part of an international initiative, ‘Control Arms’, launched last October by Amnesty, Oxfam and IANSA to persuade states to negotiate a legally binding Arms Trade Treaty.

This treaty would make it illegal to sell weapons into conflict zones or to security forces that could use them to commit human rights violations. Amnesty is currently lobbying MPs on the issue.

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