By Manuel João Faria Guimarães representing the UN press office,
Due to the rising instability caused by the presence of illegal guns, on September 27th the Johannesburg Model United Nations Disarmament Commission (JoMUNDC) gathered to debate possible solutions to solve the issues of arms trafficking in Europe and Asia, and the effects of 3D printed guns in the USA.
The debate started with Ukraine's resolution on the European and Asian situation in arms trafficking, focusing on the creation of a more agile and flexible legislation and methods to prevent the presence of illegal guns.
Disarmament Commission debate the vexed issues surrounding arms trafficking
This debate centered on reducing the authority the motion would have on Ukraine and making more consistent policies related to the legal trade of weapons in both Europe and Asia emphasizing the international arms market. Most of the JoMUN delegates stood against the resolution, with various amendments submitted by the UK.
In the end this resolution failed, giving place for a new resolution from Canada to be debated on the issue of 3D printed guns.
This resolution was a subject of great interest given that these plans originating in the US were shared through the Internet, heading to what could be a global scale threat.
The problem is that the weapons cannot be traced because there's no metal in their composition, so there's currently no way to totally control such a menace. Canada proposed that member states keep their policies about firearms updated, that the penalties applied to carriers of 3D weapons are the same as for usual firearms users, the creation of a new legislation to directly control them, to increase awareness towards this problem and investigate the technology to make it safer for public use.
This resolution was passed without amendments.
After a long day of discussion there are still some issues to be debated on Sunday the 28th of September.