Private international arms dealers


Private arms dealers facilitate sale of arms to governments or other groups, either by acting as agents for manufacturers, or by obtaining their arms directly from manufacturers in the supplying country, or else by purchase of equipment declared surplus or obsolete by the government of that country. Governments experience difficulty in controlling private transactions, which may involve a number of middlemen and the movement of the arms through several countries before reaching their final destination, but this has not prevented the sale of considerable amounts of surplus armaments to such dealers.


Private arms dealers exist primarily in countries where the economy is not centrally controlled. Less than 5% of the arms trade with the developing countries is in the hands of private dealers and only a very small proportion of these operate without government approval.

Broader Problems:
International arms trade
Misuse of small arms
Problem Type:
D: Detailed problems
Date of last update
04.10.2020 – 22:48 CEST