Skip to Main Content

Global Issues Guide: Arms Trafficking

A starting point for a wide range of global issues topics


  • Credo Reference provides articles from specialized encylcopedia and is a good place to start your research.  The articles are scholarly and the database covers a wide range of subjects.
  • Facts on File: Issues and Controversies provides in-dept investigations of today's top issues.  Pro/Con .arguments are helpful for thesis statements and positions.
  • Academic Search Premier features journal and magazine articles.  Like ProQuest you can email, print or save results
  • Pro-Quest features thousands of magazine, newspaper and journal articles and results can be limited to scholarly, peer-reviewed. You can email, print or save results.
  • Films on Demand provides documentaries on social science topics.  You can search for a complete documentary or clips.  Use for presentations by copying the segment URL and pasting it into a powerpoint or paper

Library Materials

Try These Search Terms

Gun trafficking

Illegal arms transfers

Gun control,

Firearms--Law and legislation,

Firearms trafficking, smuggling


Policies to Prevent Firearm Trafficking is a short abstract on measures to prevent firearms from the licit to the illicit market within the US can also reduce international trafficking.

Firearms. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives recognizes the role that firearms play in violent crimes and pursues an integrated regulatory and enforcement strategy.  Investigative priorities focus on armed violent offenders and career criminals, narcotics traffickers, narco-terrorists, violent gangs, and domestic and international arms traffickers.

Research Questions

Consider narrowing your topic to make it more manageable.  Here are some examples:

  • How widespread is the problem of gun trafficking?
  • Where are the guns being acquired/purchased and where are they being sold?
  • Who is involved in stopping illegal arms trafficking?
  • Who is buying guns illegally? 
  • How big a problem is arms trafficking and what is being done to stop it?
All Content CC-BY.