REGISYNC — Securing arms, protecting citizens

Illicit small arms are fuelling armed violence and organised crime, global terrorism and conflicts, thwarting sustainable development and crisis management efforts. They destabilise entire regions, states and their societies, and increase the impact of terrorist attacks.

The diversion and trafficking of firearms is a major security threat for the EU and its partners. The lack of harmonization between countries’ legal definitions, national legal frameworks, and firearms registration systems impede efforts to systematically collect and share information that could be used to prevent

and detect diversion of firearms to criminal and terrorist organizations within and beyond the EU. By identifying common minimum standards for civilian firearms registers and fostering information exchange, this project supports states in their efforts to effectively implement the EU Firearms Directive.


REGISYNC Podcast – Securing firearms, protecting EU citizens, Episode 2

Firearm registries play a pivotal role in enhancing security and civil life in Europe. They expedite the effective management of legally owned firearms and enable authorities to trace firearms in case of illicit use or diversion. The EU's recent…

REGYSINC PODCAST – Securing firearms, protecting EU citizens

European Union Member States are intertwined not just through their currency and economy, but also through their shared borders and security issues. Firearm-related crime and violence represent a major concern for Europe’s safety, as they…

At Whose Risk?

The Arms Trade Treaty is the first legally binding agreement linking the international arms trade to gender based violence (GTV). Although this linkage is vital, there has been little practical application of this provision. Arms export licensing…


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