GUN Sad pics - Weapons and ammo being destroyed

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    Bosnia's stockpile of small arms and light weapons ready to be destroyed

    16 Feb 07

    The high levels of small arms and light weapons in both military and civilian possession in Bosnia and Herzegovina, a legacy from the 1992-1995 war, have proven to be a serious threat to security and stability within the country, which is why the UK MOD is committed to helping Bosnia reduce this threat. Report by Danny Chapman.

    The UK MOD has been working with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the lead agency in Bosnia for reducing the country's stockpile of small arms and light weapons. UNDP acknowledges the 'generous contributions made by the UK' and in November 2006 UK Armed Forces Minister Adam Ingram opened an Explosive Waste Incinerator in Bosnia to destroy surplus ammunition. Now, the main focus is on building the capacity of the Bosnian authorities to tackle the small arms and light weapons problem themselves.


    It is thought that from 1998 – 2003 more people died in Bosnia from small arms and light weapons than from mines. The excessive amount of weapons in the country are held by both the military and civilians.

    Amna Berbic, the UNDP project manager for small arms control in Bosnia says:

    "UK funds have enabled us to get rid of 100,000 pieces of weapons from military stockpiles. We still have around 100,000 small arms and light weapons that are surplus to the future of the armed forces of Bosnia, of which it is our aim to destroy."

    The surplus military stockpiles of weapons stem from extensive defence reforms and military downsizing that have been taking place in Bosnia. The country emerged from its war with three armies, split on ethnic lines. These have now been unified into one unit, but there is still some political wrangling between the two entities that the country was divided into after the war, and the government. The handover to UNDP of military weapons has therefore recently stalled. It is hoped though this will be addressed as a new government forms from recent elections. Amna Berbic is reasonably optimistic:

    "The Bosnian MOD have told us that military weapons are ready to be transferred from the entities to the state level, the council of ministers needs to endorse this, but we hope it will be very soon because the pressure on the Bosnian MOD and Presidency from the international community is huge."

    A key objective of the UNDP is to help the Bosnian authorities tackle the small arms problem themselves. Amna Berbic explains:

    "We have provided the armed forces with technical support, teaching them NATO's standards of destruction, which include accounting for the weapons, registering them, and destroying them using the preferred method of melting. We have representatives monitoring and verifying that these standards are being met."

    Once the political decisions are made to hand over the surplus 100,000 weapons to UNDP, Amna says it will only take a couple of months to destroy everything:

    "We already have all the mechanisms set up and we have an open contract with Mittal steel in Zenica, where the weapons are melted."

    In the civilian population, a UNDP survey from 2004 revealed that there are 353,000 weapons legally registered and half a million more are estimated to be illegally held by 16% of the population.

    Incidents resulting from this civilian stockpile include murders, armed robberies and suicides.

    Up until now EUFOR has been the main organisation involved with collecting small arms and light weapons from local populations, conducting Operation Harvests throughout the country. The harvest operations have encouraged civilians to voluntarily hand in weapons for destruction and also involved targeted searches of civilian properties.

    Increasingly, harvest operations have been taken on by the local police with EUFOR taking a monitoring role only. With EUFOR's planned substantial drawdown from the country, UNDP is stepping in to help the local authorities take on weapons collection themselves.

    In December 2006 the UNDP ran a pilot weapons collection project in two municipalities with the aim of increasing awareness of the dangers of possessing weapons. Prizes were offered to citizens who handed over weapons, including refrigerators and TV's! 332 weapons were handed in and 4,900 rounds of ammunition:

    "It was quite a success and following the completion of this campaign we noticed a decrease of 60% of incidents," says Amna.

    The project also provided lessons to the Bosnian authorities on weapon collection activities and with UNDP they are now developing a national awareness campaign. Amna continues:

    "We learned from the pilot that people aren't so informed about laws and amnesties so are reluctant to go to police stations and surrender their weapons. We need a huge campaign to influence people's awareness."

    There are also between 25,000 and 30,000 tonnes of surplus ammunition in military stockpiles, which presents another safety problem. The ammunition is old, its chemical components and origin unknown, and the safety of its storage suspect. In Serbia last year an explosion took place at an ammunition storage site, which destroyed houses 20 km away and caused a fire that raged for days.

    The UK MOD's funded explosive waste incinerator, opened in Bosnia by Adam Ingram in November 2006, should help with this issue. It can destroy three tonnes or around 120,000 rounds a day of small arms ammunitions. The facility is now owned by the Bosnian MOD, and once the Bosnian armed forces are trained on how to maintain and operate it, half a million rounds of ammunition currently in storage can be destroyed.

    Between October 2005 and June 2006, when operations stalled due to the Bosnian elections, nearly 90,000 weapons from the Bosnian's military stockpile and those collected from civilians by EUFOR were destroyed. With facilities now in place and a Bosnian government co-ordination board for small arms and light weapons now set up, it shouldn't be long before the remaining army surplus is melted down and local authorities start a more concerted effort to collect stockpiles from civilians.

    Bosnia is currently just behind the UK when it comes to incidents of homicide and suicide per capita. It is just a matter of time before the work of the UNDP and Bosnian authorities makes the country even safer.
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    :wtc: they should surp out that 7.62 :mad:
     
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    pictures like these make baby jesus cry.
     
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    No wonder 7.62x39 is so expensive :o
     
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    still cheaper than .223 :mad: if you can even get .223
     
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    I haven't run into a problem with pratice ammo....good ammo on the other hand :hsugh: :wtc:
     
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    i cant find any online dealers with wolf in stock. And 1000 rds was $300 at the gunshow this weekend. I have to start hitting up the local dealers to see if anyone has any surplus.
     
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    $300 is about the going price right now for ammo. :hs:
     
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    thats still too much :hs:

    A buddy of mine picked up some surplus the other day for ~170/1000rds. Hopefullly theres more where that came from :x:
     
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    I shoot some stuff that is about $200/case and it runs fine.
     
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    fuck yes. Hell, if they dont want to sell it to us, I could probably figure out a way to get it with albania acting as a middle man.
     
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    this is why bosnia is so poor, they dont know how to make money off of these guns
     
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