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The arms industry, or arms trade is the international business of buying and selling weapons for military and conflict purposes.

The Campaign Against the Arms Trade has identified as its priorities: (1) to stop the procurement or export of arms where they might: (a) exacerbate conflict, support aggression, or increase tension; or (b) support an oppressive regime or undermine democracy; or (c) threaten social welfare through the level of military spending; (2) to end all government political and financial support for arms exports; (3) and to promote progressive demilitarisation within arms-producing countries.