Fast Facts on Small Arms and Light Weapons Surveys in South East Europe released

In 2018, with support from SEESAC the Commissions for Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) coordinated the collection of data on the distribution and impact of SALW within South East Europe, namely in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo*, Moldova, Montengro, North Macedonia and Serbia. In parallel, SEESAC conducted an online public opinion survey on perceptions regarding the use, possession and dangers of firearms in South East Europe.

The purpose of this general survey process was threefold:

  • to identify trends in the distribution of SALW particularly in relation to the type, quantity, possession, distribution, legal/illegal trade,
  • production and movement of SALW; to identify trends in relation to the impact of SALW on citizens of Albania;
  • and to gauge public perception regarding firearm use, ownership, violence and community safety.

The reports analyze the survey data collected for the 2012 to 2016 period, and outline recommendations for policy makers and practitioners in each jurisdiction aimed at improving the safety, effectiveness and efficiency of interventions that address the illicit SALW trade, uncontrolled proliferation and/or misuse.

Fast Facts on Small Arms and Light Weapons Survey were prepared for each jurisdiction in order to provide snapshots of key data and trends on distribution, impact and perceptions on firearms, easy to read and digest.

The publication of Fast Facts: Small Arms and Light Weapons Survey was facilitated by the contribution of the European Union, through EU Council Decision (CFSP) 2019/2111 in support of SEESAC disarmament and arms control activities in South-East Europe.


*References to Kosovo shall be understood to be in the context of Security Council resolution 1244 (1999)