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UNODA Occasional Papers No.25: The Gun-Free Zone - A Tool to Prevent and Reduce Armed Violence, December 2013

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UNODA Occasional Papers is a series of ad hoc publications that deal with topical issues in the field of arms limitation, disarmament and international security and are intended primarily for those concerned with these matters in Government, civil society and in the academic community. This paper brings together existing information and experiences from practitioners and policy makers and analyzes the impact of Gun-Free Zones (GFZs) in order to determine when and where GFZs can be a valuable measure to prevent and reduce armed violence. It gives national governments, local authorities and international development and peacebuilding agencies and organizations a better understanding of GFZ in order to incorporate, where applicable, this tool into their strategies.

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Gun-free zones

Gun-free zones are geographically limited spaces where the carrying or possession of guns by civilians is prohibited in order to reduce armed violence and promote public safety. A GFZ is one of several possible initiatives for preventing and reducing gun violence. In order for a GFZ to effectively prevent and reduce armed violence, it should always be established in conjunction with other gun control and violence prevention measures, in particular effective policing.

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