China, Turkey, Czechs major small arms exportersBy AP News Jun 17, 2014 1:52PM UTC
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The latest U.N. figures show China, Turkey and the Czech Republic joining the list of the world’s top exporters of small arms, which is led by the United States.
Italy joined the list of the top importers of small arms, which is also led by the United States, according to figures for 2011 from the United Nations Commodity Trade Statistics Database released Monday in the annual Small Arms Survey.
According to the U.N. statistics, the value of the global trade in small arms and light weapons almost doubled between 2001 and 2011 — from $2.38 billion to $4.63 billion.
The international trade in small arms ammunition saw the greatest increase followed by pistols and revolvers, sporting rifles and sporting shotguns.