Sriza Ghosh asked me “Why should arms trade be prohibited?”, I said it shouldn’t be

It shouldn’t be until someone figures out a way to stop aggressive states from threatening others or someone discovers a way to maintain public order using “flower power”?

Rather, it should be regulated more effectively.

“Arms deals have nothing to do with dark smoke filled rooms and a lot do to with navigating the complex puzzle of international relations, legal regulations and coordination of multiple government agencies” (Kevin Kruse)

“Circumvention” is de rigueur – See The Observer view on Britain’s shameful role in the arms trade The Observer view on Britain’s shameful role in the arms trade | Observer editorial

Or if you prefer your content in visuals this is what circumvention is according to the comedy / dramatised / true story in the movie War Dogs about arms dealers in the early days of Iraq part 2 – handguns driven across the Triangle of Death from Lebanon to circumvent the ITAR regulations or 7.62 AK ammo bought from Albania and rebagged but unfortunately for the boys it was actually of Chinese origin and got them caught in the end …

 

See UK ‘secretly selling arms to Saudi Arabia and elsewhere under opaque licencing system’ The Government is concealing the true number of weapons sold to Saudi Arabia

See Does UK’s lucrative arms trade come at the cost of political repression? Does UK’s lucrative arms trade come at the cost of political repression?

See Saudi weapons sales face landmark review in British court Saudi weapons sales face landmark review in British court

See UK condemned over arms sales to repressive states UK condemned over arms sales to repressive states

See What I Learned From An International Arms Dealer What I Learned From An International Arms Dealer

See Love False Positives – The Day The Bank Said I Bought A Heavy Machine Gun Online Love False Positives – The Day The Bank Said I Bought A Heavy Machine Gun Online for what happens when you use a reference on a bank wire transfer that coincidentally happens to be a make/model of a firearm.

National, international, supranational and corporate watchlists, watchwords, big data and surveillance monitor the average John Qs attempts to enter the market on a personal or industrial scale and anti money laundering regulations / funding terrorism intelligence gathering also mitigates the risks to an extent.

Current regulation is also intrinsically tied with the operations of Private Military Security Companies, see Dispelling the “WILD WEST” myth surrounding Private Military Companies Dispelling the “WILD WEST” myth surrounding Private Military Companies

That is all.

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