Ghana National Commission on Small Arms and Light Weapons (GNACSA)

What We Do


The government of Ghana understands the challenging role of initiating preventive and control measures to address the menace of arms proliferation and their illicit use in Ghana. This is because the government is aware of the potential that Small Arms and Light Weapons [SALW] proliferation and abuse have in undermining political stability, regional security, human security and development. Ghana thus views small arms control as a fundamental requisite for developmental initiatives. The government of Ghana is, therefore, increasingly concerned about the extent of illicit SALW proliferation, and has been taking steps at the community, national and regional levels to address the problems of proliferation and production.


National Coordinating Agency/Body

In line with commitments at the regional level (ECOWAS Convention on SALW ) and global level (United Nations Programme of Action on SALW), Ghana has established a National Commission on Small Arms and Light Weapons with a broad mandate to manage issues relating to small arms, especially their misuse and cross-boundary movement.


An Act of Parliament, Act 736 of the Republic of Ghana established the National Commission on Small Arms and Light Weapons [NACSA] as a government agency under the Ministry of the Interior. The Minister responsible for the Interior has ministerial responsibility for the Commission.


The objective of the Commission among others is to deal with matters relating to small arms and light weapons and other related matters. The Commission is mandated to set in place programmes of action to prevent, combat and eradicate the illicit trade in small arms and light weapons.