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Defining Small Arms

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Often, when considering the many weapons used in conflict and war, an important category is left out: small arms. Given the estimation that 90% of the worlds war victims die from small and light arms such as rifles, machine guns, and pistols, a clear definition is necessary to assess their role in war, conflict and crime.

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The solution provides a concise description of what small arms are in terms of their use in conflict and the theatres of war.

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While small arms and light weapons are not easily defined, they basically consist of weapons that can be carried by an individual. The term 'small arm' covers a broad range of items from pistols, revolvers, rifles, ...

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