Looks like the UN will eventually control the transfer of all weapons; Military or Domestic.
This article gives an out line of international arms trade and international control measures launched by the UN General Assembly in 2006.
The design is to bring the regulation of military exports into arms control mainstream.
The Proposed Arms Trade Treaty, (ATT) is designed to make it difficult to arm repression and fuel conflict.
To be studied by a UN experts group, the debate has begun to articulate basic transfer principle, and point to changes in national export control
Canada is an advocate of the arms trade treaty, positioned to promote controls based on agreed standards, transparency, and peer scrutiny.
International well-being and respect for human rights will become the key test of responsible national export control policies and practice.
Pakistan and Burma (Myanmar) two notorious countries will be key as military supply lines, run directly through the UN Security Council.
Branch lines from Europe, Asia, Canada, China, France, and the United States are the prime military benefactors of Pakistan.
China and Russia do the same for Burma, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland, the Ukraine, Indonesia and Canada.
At times also tried to satisfy Pervez Musharraf's appetite for military goods.
India, Serbia and the Ukraine have done so for General Than Shwe.
Did you know that the permanent five members of the UN Security Council account for 75-90 percent of all arms exports?
Did you know that in 2006, Glock reported to be pursuing a production facility in Brazil so as not to be bound by the UE guidelines?
Will changes be made soon, updating of transfer control policies to regulate goods that start life as civilian commodities but get spun into military
systems and uses?
*Also mentioned in the article are; (I just like that most use abbreviations and writting them down helps me remember what the heck they stand
(IMHO, some confuse them, including my bff. lol.)
The United Nations General Assembly,
The United Nations Security Council,
The United Nations Register of Conventional Arms, - (RCA)
The United Nations Charter; (Article 26)
The proposed instrument - is a treaty, (proposed in 1997 by Oscar Arias of Costa Rica and a group of fellow Nobel Peace Laureates.)
Canada's Ambassador for Disarmament,
the Geneva-based UN Conference on Disarmament,
Arms Trade Treaty, (ATT)
World military spending estimates,
Arsenals of advanced industrial states,
The US Congressional Research Service - (CRS)
European-North American axis of production,
the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute - (SIPRS),
the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade - (DFAIT)
the Canadian Commercial Corporation, (CCC)?
the US Department of Defence, (DOD)
OECD and non-OECD countries,
the globalization of production - (civilian and military)
Pratt and Whitney, subsidiary of United Technologies Corp.,
US State Department,
Weapons of Mass Destruction - (WMD),
Chemical and biological transfer controls - (supported by the Australia Group),
the Chemical Weapons Convention,
the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention,
the Nuclear Suppliers Group - (NSG),
the Missile Technology Control Regime - (MTCR)
Conventional arms transfer controls,
The Landmines Convention,
Small arms and light weapons -(SALW)
the 2001 Programme of Action - (PoA)
The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe - (OSCE)
the Wassenaar Arrangement; on Export Controls on Conventional Arms and Dual-Use Goods and Technology: - (*note - "no abreviation" WTF?)
The Exonomic Community of West African States - (ECOWAS),
African Union, (AU)?
the 2004 Nairobi Protocol,
International NGO Steering Committee,
the International Action Network on Small Arms, (IANSA)?
the Area Control List - (ACL),
Automatic Firearms Country Control List - (AFCCL),
North American Trade Organization - NATO,
the European Union "Code of Conduct for Arms Exports",
the 2001 United Nations "Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its
the Inter-American Convention on Transparency in Conventional Weapons Acquisitions,