Hundreds of millions of Kalashnikovs, M-16s and other automatic rifles were stored during the Cold War and these stores are leaking all over the world with disastrous consequences. It’s not tanks or big weapons that kill, it’s small arms. We cannot ban small arms such as revolvers, pistols and other light weapons that the police, security guards and hunters legally carry all over the world… We want to build a global network of like-minded NGOs and governments with the aim to create new standards to control small arms transfers which will be as effective as the regulations covering big arms.
Head of the Norwegian Initiative on Small Arms Transfers
and former deputy foreign minister under Norway’s former
Labour government, interviewed by Reuters December 19, 1997.
From: http://www.prepcom.org/low/pc7/index.html#5 as of 01/07/99