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Surplus weapons and ammunition

Surplus weapons and ammunition

The quantity of weapons and ammunition exceeding the requirements of the national stockpile, including those that are unserviceable, obsolete, or prohibited leads to several risks if not destroyed.

These risks include heightened levels of explosive risk at Ammunition Storage Areas ( ASAs) , more diversion and proliferation of weapons and ammunition, and the perpetuation of armed violence. Many factors contribute to the global build-up of ageing and excess weapons and ammunition. These can include a lack of awareness, transparency, or trust; the absence of national policies on the issue; a lack of training and capacity in armed forces; and insufficient donor resources.

Failure to destroy surplus ammunition and weapons is expected to in time have a quite significant impact.

Physical Security and Stockpile Management around the globe reduces the risks of proliferation of weapons and ammunition and heightened levels of explosion risks.