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March 22, 2013

UN Holds "Final" Conference on Arms Trade Treaty

On March 18, the UN convened the second “final” round of the UN Conference on the Arms Trade Treaty that is set to last until March 28. Using the draft treaty made available during the final days of the previous “final” conference in July as a starting point, delegates continue to ignore some of the major issues threatening the rights of civilian gun owners worldwide.
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March 8, 2013

You Can Help Defeat Proposed U.N. Arms Trade Treaty

Just as NRA warned would happen, following last November's presidential election, the Obama administration immediately moved forward with its plans to support a United Nations Arms Trade Treaty.  On Wednesday November 7, the U.S. Mission to the U.N. made clear its support for renewed ATT negotiations, casting a vote in favor of a resolution that calls for a "Final United Nations Conference on the Arms Trade Treaty" to be held in New York City from March 18-28.
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June 1, 2013

Obama Administration Helps Deliver U.N. Arms Trade Treaty

Just as the U.S. Senate was preparing to debate new restrictions on our rights, the Obama White House delivered the second part of its one-two punch directed at our freedoms. And the U.S. government had to reverse its long-held position on the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) in order to do it.
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July 13, 2012

NRA Fights for Second Amendment as U.N. Moves Forward on Arms Trade Treaty

As the U.N. Conference on the Arms Trade Treaty entered its second week of negotiations, NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre addressed the conference and made the position of the NRA and American gun owners crystal clear: No treaty that includes civilian arms is acceptable.
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November 20, 2012

Rep. Barton urges President not to sign UN Arms Trade Treaty

Rep. Joe Barton and 75 of his colleagues in the House of Representatives recently introduced House Resolution 814 which urges the President not to sign the United Nations (UN) Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). The bipartisan resolution warns that if the President signs the treaty, which is being negotiated, it will not be binding and no federal funds will be appropriated to implement it unless it has consent by the Senate and has been the subject of implementing legislation by the Congress. After several delays, the Obama Administration recently voted in the UN to move forward with negotiating the ATT. The next meeting on the ATT will take place during a March 2013 conference.
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November 9, 2012

Obama Administration Endorses New U.N. Arms Trade Treaty Negotiations

Just as NRA warned would happen, following the election, the Obama administration has moved forward with its plans to support a United Nations Arms Trade Treaty. On Wednesday November 7, the U.S. Mission to the U.N. made clear its support for renewed ATT negotiations, casting a vote in favor of resolution A/C.1/67/L.11. The resolution calls for a "Final United Nations Conference on the Arms Trade Treaty" to be held in New York City from March 18-28.
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April 3, 2013

Sens. Moran, Baucus and Inhofe respond to U.N. General Assembly vote on Arms Trade Treaty

U.S. Senators Jerry Moran (R-KS), Max Baucus (D-MT) and James Inhofe (R-OK) – cosponsors of S. Con. Res. 7, the bipartisan resolution which makes clear a United Nations Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) that undermines Constitutional freedoms of American gun owners will not be ratified by the Senate – today responded to the vote in the U.N. General Assembly to pass the U.N. ATT. The General Assembly vote was forced as a result of Iran, North Korea and Syria blocking the U.N. ATT last week and infringes on the Administration’s previous insistence on consensus.
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July 27, 2012

NRA Stops U.N. Arms Trade Treaty

The Conference on the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty (U.N. ATT) has broken down and will not report a draft treaty to the member nations.This is a big victory for American gun owners, and the NRA is being widely credited for killing the U.N. ATT.
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November 8, 2012

After Obama win, U.S. backs new UN arms treaty talks

Hours after U.S. President Barack Obama was re elected, the United States backed a U.N. committee's call on Wednesday to renew debate over a draft international treaty to regulate the $70 billion global conventional arms trade.
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September 21, 2012

Rumor Control: U.N. ATT and POA, Bad but Different

The latest rumor making its way through the darker corners of the internet is an inaccurate spin on the U.N.'s never-ending mission to disarm the American people. The rumors vary, but some have wrongly claimed that the U.S. has secretly adopted a U.N. Arms Trade Treaty, subjecting Americans to the schemes of U.N. gun controllers.
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June 5, 2013

Cox: U.N. arms treaty a direct threat to American gun ownership

Oxfam America has long served as a reliable cheerleader for nearly all misguided United Nations policy. However, Oxfam America President Raymond Offenheiser's Friday op ed ("President should ignore fear mongering and sign arms treaty") is an exceptional illustration of this blind allegiance. Offenheiser wants us to simultaneously believe the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty is both the single most important tool to cracking down on war crimes and that the treaty has absolutely no teeth whatsoever. That's twisted logic for sure. Here's the truth.The Arms Trade Treaty directly threatens the Second Amendment rights and privacy of American gun owners. Article 12 of the treaty "encourages" signatory nations to compile "records" of all "end users" of firearms imported into their county -- and to supply this sensitive personal information to the government of the exporting country.
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March 18, 2013

NRA taking on UN over arms trade pact

The National Rifle Association, which is battling a raft of gun control measures on Capitol Hill, also has an international fight on its hands as it gears up to oppose a U.N. treaty designed to restrict the flow of arms to conflict zones.
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March 25, 2013

Senate votes 53-46 to stop US from joining UN Arms Trade Treaty

In the last batch of amendment votes to the budget, the Senate voted on several foreign policy proposals.Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) introduced an amendment that would prevent the United States from entering into the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty in order to uphold the Second Amendment. His amendment passed on a 53 46 vote.
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June 1, 2013

U.N.Believable

Don't say we didn’t warn you: The morning after Barack Obama was re-elected, the U.S. delegation at the United Nations voted in favor of the negotiation of a new Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). The treaty was negotiated in March, and approved by the United Nations General Assembly in a 154-3 vote on April 3.
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July 25, 2013

Rep. Mike Kelly (R-Pa.) applauds committee approval of funding ban for UN Arms Trade Treaty

"I am thrilled to see the House once again take action to stop the ATT from ever shackling our liberty at home or our indispensable leadership abroad. This treaty remains as much a threat to American freedom and sovereignty as ever. Even as the Obama administration shamefully pledges to eventually sign the ATT, the American people deserve assurance that their Second Amendment rights will not be allowed to be endangered by unaccountable international bureaucrats at any time. As events on the global stage continue to grow more dangerous and unpredictable, our nation must never permit any entity to undermine our status as the world's greatest defender of peace and freedom, or the alliances which ensure both. It is my sincere hope that President Obama and Secretary Kerry will respect the will of the American people as represented by Congress and abandon their support for this harmful and needless treaty."
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March 18, 2013

Anti-gun group teams with UN to prep African countries for arms trade treaty talks

A week before it opens a treaty conference to impose worldwide limitations on arms sales, the United Nations co hosted and paid for a series of meetings  involving 48 African nations and an anti gun group that espouses much greater national and international control of firearms, including registration of small arms and ammunition.
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February 1, 2013

Siege: Gun Owners Face An Unprecedented Assault on Their Rights

The morning after the election, President Barack Obama's U.S. Mission to the United Nations voted to recommence negotiations on an international Arms Trade Treaty, known as the ATT. This past summer ATT negotiations collapsed, in part due to the U.S. delegation’s concern that a major U.S. anti-gun treaty could harm Obama's re-election chances.
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November 1, 2013

Four More Senators Say "NO" to UN Arms Trade Treaty

Thanks to your efforts, Senators Max Baucus (D-Mont.), Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.), sent a letter to President Obama opposing the ratification of the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty.  This letter joins the bipartisan efforts of 50 senators and 181 members of the House of Representatives.  The U.N. Arms Trade Treaty poses a clear threat to Second Amendment rights because of the inclusion of “small arms and light weapons,” which includes firearms owned by law-abiding American citizens.  This treaty also sets the stage for a national gun registry which could be made available to other nations. 
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August 20, 2013

Barr: The U.N. comes after America's guns

The true scope of the anti firearm crusade of the United Nations, which began more than a dozen years ago, finally is coming into clear focus, as the White House readies to sign the Arms Trade Treaty adopted with U.S. support this past April by the U.N. General Assembly. The reach of this long term, carefully crafted agenda is truly breathtaking, going far beyond the publicly articulated goals of even the most radical of homegrown gun control groups.Since the first major U.N. meeting in July 2001, officially launching the so called "Program of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects," this bureaucratic behemoth on the banks of the East River in New York City has been attempting to stretch its tentacles into the domestic regulation of firearms. If the administration of President Obama signs the Arms Trade Treaty, the U.N. will have taken a major step toward its ultimate goal regardless of whether the treaty is ever submitted to the Senate for ratification.
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April 8, 2013

Idaho's Risch vows to stall U.N. arms treaty

An international framework for controlling the global arms trade appears to be headed for a brick wall on Capitol Hill, and Idaho's junior senator is among the chief bricklayers."Save your ink. It's not going anywhere," U.S. Sen. Jim Risch said this week.
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November 16, 2012

U.S. Senator Moran Reaffirms Senate Opposition to U.N. Arms Trade Treaty

As we recently reported and warned would happen, following the election, the Obama administration moved forward with its plans to support a United Nations Arms Trade Treaty.  On Wednesday, November 7--the day after Election Day--the U.S. Mission to the U.N. made clear its support for renewed ATT negotiations, casting a vote in favor of a resolution that calls for a "Final United Nations Conference on the Arms Trade Treaty" to be held in New York City from March 18-28.
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November 9, 2012

UN treaty back on Obama's agenda

That didn't take long. Less than a day after President Obama's re election, the administration breathed new life into the United Nations' previously comatose treaty regulating guns.
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July 25, 2012

Could proposed UN treaty endanger Americans' gun rights?

Could proposed UN treaty endanger American's gun rights?
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June 29, 2012

U.N. Arms Trade Treaty Drafting Starts July 2

For the better part of two decades, NRA has worked tirelessly to oppose any United Nations effort to undermine the constitutional rights of law-abiding American gun owners.  The latest attempt by the U.N. and global gun banners to eliminate our Second Amendment freedoms is to include civilian arms in the current Arms Trade Treaty, the language of which will be finalized next month.
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September 24, 2013

Kerry to sign UN arms treaty, despite senators' opposition

Secretary of State John Kerry plans to sign a controversial U.N. treaty on arms regulation on Wednesday, a senior State Department official told Fox News -- despite warnings from lawmakers that the Senate will not ratify the agreement. 
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November 1, 2013

Four More Senators Say "NO" to UN Arms Trade Treaty

Thanks to your efforts, Senators Max Baucus (D-Mont.), Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.), sent a letter to President Obama opposing the ratification of the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty.  This letter joins the bipartisan efforts of 50 senators and 181 members of the House of Representatives.  The U.N. Arms Trade Treaty poses a clear threat to Second Amendment rights because of the inclusion of “small arms and light weapons,” which includes firearms owned by law-abiding American citizens.  This treaty also sets the stage for a national gun registry which could be made available to other nations. 
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July 14, 2011

NRA Delivers Remarks at United Nations Concerning Proposed Arms Trade Treaty

National Rifle Association's Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre addressed the United Nations this afternoon. He told the U.N. to not interfere with the Second Amendment freedoms of Americans and pledged to continue the fight to preserve civilian ownership of firearms in the U.S. He said the NRA will oppose any U.N. provision that seeks to prohibit or regulate U.S. civilian firearm ownership. LaPierre said in his remarks, "The cornerstone of our freedom is the Second Amendment. Neither the United Nations, nor any other foreign influence, has the authority to meddle with the freedoms guaranteed by our Bill of Rights, endowed by our Creator, and due to all humankind."
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October 9, 2013

LaPierre: The United Nation's treacherous assault on our freedom

The tyrants and dictators at the United Nations will stop at nothing to register, ban and, eventually, confiscate firearms owned by law abiding Americans like you and me. The U.N. has been working for nearly 15 years to force its gun banning Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) on the United States.
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March 21, 2013

Gun control by the U.N.: The White House attempts an end run around the House

Bureaucrats from 150 nations are ramping up efforts to impose gun control through international pact. Here in the United States, the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty has become the vehicle to drive an agenda that is deeply controversial because once a treaty is ratified by the Senate, it becomes the supreme law of the land.
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July 20, 2012

Disinformation Continues as U.N. Arms Treaty Takes Shape

In New York this week, the U.N. Conference on the Arms Trade Treaty continued trying to draft a treaty to impose worldwide controls on small arms, including civilian-owned firearms.
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September 25, 2013

Kerry signs UN arms treaty, senators threaten to block it

Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday signed a controversial U.N. treaty on arms regulation, riling U.S. lawmakers who vow the Senate will not ratify the agreement.
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July 29, 2011

More Senators Take a Stand Against the UN’s Arms Trade Treaty

This week, Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) sent a letter signed by himself and 12 of his Democratic colleagues in the Senate stating their firm opposition to any U.N. Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) that included civilian firearms.
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September 18, 2012

Chuck Norris: The U.N. gun control treaty is bad for gun owners everywhere

Last time I checked, Americans were responsible for making our own laws. We do not invite foreign nations to have a say in how we govern ourselves within our own borders. Yet if you follow what's been going on with the United Nations this year, you know that the USA came perilously close to having other countries dictate our gun laws. And the fight isn't over yet.
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July 6, 2012

U.N. Arms Trade Treaty Negotiations Underway

As we reported last week, for nearly 20 years, the NRA has fought tirelessly to oppose any United Nations effort to undermine the constitutional rights of law-abiding American gun owners.  That fight has grown more intense lately, as the U.N. and global gun banners have markedly stepped up their attack on our Second Amendment freedoms by including civilian arms in the proposed Arms Trade Treaty.
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November 29, 2012

Thwarting global gun grabbers

The United Nations is pushing gun control on a global scale, and President Obama is on board. Just a few hours after re election was assured, the president's representative cast a vote for the Arms Trade Treaty at a U.N. committee meeting. The loosely drafted agreement doesn't go after guns directly, but the language enables activist judges to get creative in restricting Americans' exercise of their Second Amendment rights. A final General Assembly decision on the treaty is expected in March, and House Republicans are locked and loaded to stop it.
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July 22, 2011

U.S. Senate Stands with NRA in Strongly Opposing U.N. Gun Control Efforts

As of this morning, a majority of 51 bipartisan members of the U.S. Senate have signed letters to President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton saying they will oppose any Arms Trade Treaty that includes civilian firearms ownership. These strongly worded letters caution the President and Secretary of State to uphold the Constitution of the United States. As Senator Moran's letter warns, “(A)s the treaty process continues, we strongly encourage your administration to uphold our constitutional protections of civilian firearms ownership. These freedoms are non-negotiable, and we will oppose ratification of an Arms Trade Treaty presented to the Senate that in any way restricts the rights of law-abiding U.S. citizens to manufacture, assemble, possess, transfer or purchase firearms, ammunition and related items.”
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July 6, 2012

U.N. Arms Trade Treaty Negotiations Underway

As we reported last week, for nearly 20 years, the NRA has fought tirelessly to oppose any United Nations effort to undermine the constitutional rights of law-abiding American gun owners.  That fight has grown more intense lately, as the U.N. and global gun banners have markedly stepped up their attack on our Second Amendment freedoms by including civilian arms in the proposed Arms Trade Treaty.
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July 26, 2012

Bipartisan group of senators voice concern with global arms treaty

A bipartisan group of 51 senators on  Thursday threatened to oppose a global treaty regulating international weapons  trade if it falls short in protecting Americans' constitutional...
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May 31, 2013

Obama Administration Could Sign Arms Trade Treaty as Early as Monday

As we recently reported, on April 2, the United Nations General Assembly voted 153-4 to pass the Arms Trade Treaty, with the United States voting in favor and several countries abstaining. The vote in the General Assembly pushed the treaty process forward after negotiations twice failed to deliver on the goal of developing the treaty by consensus. The Obama Administration is expected to sign the treaty soon after it is opened for signature on Monday, June 3--just days from now.  The ATT threatens the rights and privacy of American gun owners.  Signatories will be encouraged to keep information on the "end users" of arms imported into their territory and supply such information to the exporting country.  Exporting nations, nearly all of which have civilian firearm control regimes far harsher than the U.S., will be encouraged to take the firearm control laws of an importing country into account before approving a transfer of arms.  And the treaty also encourages states to adopt domestic legislation to carry out the treaty's mandates.
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July 18, 2011

NRA Takes on the United Nations

NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre and I attended a committee meeting at United Nations headquarters to send a simple, unequivocal message to the international bureaucrats who want to eliminate your right to keep and bear arms: An international Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) that in any way, shape or form affects the constitutional rights of American gun owners is completely unacceptable.
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