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July 26, 2012

Federal Ammunition Sales Regulation: A Proven Failure

Recent calls for federal regulations and restrictions on ammunition sales ignore the failure of such laws in the past. They also ignore the impracticality of imposing and enforcing similar controls in today's huge ammunition market. The National Shooting Sports Foundation estimates that 10-12 billion rounds of ammunition are produced domestically each year, while billions more are imported.

March 23, 2012

International Firearm Abolitionists Prepare to Draft Arms Trade Treaty

Every year about this time, the warmer weather gives every manner of fast-growing weed the opportunity to appear out of nowhere and begin consuming people's lawns. Deny it an environment in which it can thrive, by spreading a grass fertilizer and weed killer mix from your home and garden store, and it somehow finds its way to your neighbor's grass. The same is true about international activists and representatives of various countries' governments who periodically gather under the umbrella of the United Nations, intent on changing the world. Deluded with an exaggerated sense of self-importance and obsessed with controlling the planet and everyone who inhabits it, this arrogant gaggle periodically checks in to five star hotels in the West's most cosmopolitan cities--with left-wing foundations or the taxpayers of first-world countries picking up the tab--to attend conferences during which they discuss curtailing national sovereignty and individual rights that offend their sensibilities.

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.

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.

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.

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."

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

September 27, 2013

Kerry Signs Global Gun Control Accord in Wake of Obama's Renewed Calls for "Transformation"

Shortly before he was reelected, President Obama proclaimed to the rapturous cheers and applause of his supporters, "We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America."

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.

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.

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.

September 7, 2012

U.N. "Programme of Action" Targets Civilian Gun Owners

Gun owners hoping the failure of the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty in July would finally convince the UN to respect our rights shouldn't hold their breath. Just a month after treaty negotiations broke down, on August 27 the UN convened its two-week-long Second Review Conference of the UN Programme of Action on Small Arms and Light Weapons.

March 17, 2011

How The United Nations Endangers Your Firearm Freedom

At the end of February 2011, United Nations delegates will descend upon New York City to continue working out the details of their Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), which is expected to be released for ratification this summer.

July 22, 2011

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

58 members--a majority-- of the U.S. Senate have signed letters to President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton saying they will oppose any ATT 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 Jerry 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.”

January 23, 2010

Standing Guard: The First Step In Trampling Our Rights

With Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s enthusiastic embrace of a “binding” United Nations treaty on global control of international trade in firearms and ammunition, the Obama administration has officially become an aggressive participant in what international gun-ban groups have hailed as a “first step” in their march on our sovereignty and ultimately on private ownership of firearms in every nation.

December 20, 2007

Uganda: We`re from the government, and we`re here to help you.

While the United Nations works diligently to curb the Second Amendment rights of Americans, it is turning a blind eye to abused Karamojong tribesmen fighting a brutal government to keep their only means of self-defense.

December 13, 2010

Surrendering Our Sovereignty

For the first time in history, the United States government has bowed before the United Nations with the Obama administration cravenly asking U.N. officials to question our great nation on what a State Department report confesses to be domestic "human rights" violations.

November 23, 2009

UN Arms Trade Treaty

We have received a number of emails and calls regarding -the UN and the impact of international treaties on our Second Amendment freedom. The NRA has been engaged at the United Nations and elsewhere internationally in response to anti-small arms initiatives for over 14 years. In most cases, agendas for the elimination of private ownership of firearms are disguised as calls for international arms control to stem the flow of illicit military weapons. These instruments are generally promoted by a small group of nations and a large number of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) working in conjunction with departmental bureaucracies in multi-national institutions such as the UN and European Union.

May 22, 2012

June 2012 Standing Guard: "Reject The U.N.'s Gun-Ban Fantasy"

The moment President Obama reversed the Bush administration’s opposition to U.N.-mandated international gun control, he placed Second Amendment freedom in immediate danger.

November 25, 2009

The UN And International Treaties

Over the last few weeks, we have received many inquiries regarding the UN and the impact of international treaties on our Second Amendment freedom.

December 15, 2007

One on One with Senator David Vitter

For over a decade, gun-banners entrenched at the United Nations (UN) have continually leveled attacks against law-abiding Americans' sovereign right to bear arms. Though the NRA has thus far been successful in flanking these efforts, the UN's anti-gun agenda continues. Recently, a pro-gun ally in Congress, U.S. Senator David Vitter, R-La., introduced legislation that would financially paralyze any global organization intent on dismantling the Second Amendment, such as the UN. He recently spoke with Ginny Simone of about this legislation.

May 7, 2009

Bolder Bolton

In an exclusive interview, Managing Editor Ginny Simone visits with John Bolton, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and hero to Second Amendment supporters.

August 17, 2006

Gun Ban & Genocide, The Disarming Facts

The international gun prohibition lobbies and their United Nations allies insist that there is no personal right of self-defense—that people should be forced to rely exclusively on the government for protection. The prohibitionists also insist that there is no human right for people to possess the means of self-defense, such as firearms.

July 1, 2009

Bloody Pirates!

American merchant sailors are now at greater risk of pirate attack than at any time since the presidency of James Madison. While Somali pirates have been getting all of the media attention, pirates also thrive off West Africa, especially near the Niger Delta. Piracy also flourished near the Philippines and Indonesia.

June 23, 2008

The Two Reasons We Must Stop Clinton And Obama

Gun rights advocates considering skipping this November's presidential election should keep two things in mind--the Supreme Court and the United Nations.

June 11, 2010

The Biennial Meeting Of States, And The Arms Trade Treaty

Two major meetings, possibly affecting American gun owners’ rights, will occur at the United Nations (UN) in New York over the next several weeks.

August 25, 2010

ELECTION 2010: Your Rights vs. The World

With Mexico`s president calling for new U.S. gun laws, and international treaties waiting in the wings, this year`s elections may be a turning point for our Right to Keep and Bear Arms. Mexico`s president, Felipe Calderón, addresses a joint session of Congress.

February 19, 2009


As a presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton caused a scare for gun owners. Now named Barack Obama’s secretary of state, the Clinton anti-gun nightmare has returned.

May 25, 2010

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the UN Arms Trade Treaty

Contrary to a widely circulated e-mail, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has not signed any UN small arms treaty.  She could not have done so, in fact, because no such treaty has yet been negotiated.  As we noted in the item below from last November, the UN Arms Trade Treaty will be drafted between now and 2012, and even if signed would not take effect in the U.S. until it was ratified by the Senate.  Please rest assured that, as we said in November, NRA will be actively involved in this process and will oppose any treaty that would attempt to impose limits on our Second Amendment rights.  In the meantime, we urge gun owners to follow this issue in NRA's magazines and NRA-ILA's Grassroots Alerts.  We also urge gun owners not to circulate misinformation on this issue.

May 25, 2012

Tester-Moran Amendment to Block Use of Taxpayer Money to Lobby for UN Gun Ban Passes by Voice Vote

As we reported last week, every gun owner concerned about the future of our Right to Keep and Bear Arms should be aware that the United Nations and the global gun eradication movement are attempting  to eliminate our Second Amendment freedoms by drafting a U.N. Arms Trade Treaty.  This treaty would cover tanks, helicopters, and other heavy weapons but could also include civilian rifles, shotguns and handguns.  The treaty's language will be finalized by the U.N. this July during a four week conference.

February 18, 2006

Why You Should Care About Brazil

When 78 million Brazilians went to the polls Oct. 23 to vote down a referendum calling for a ban on the sale of all firearms and ammunition, it was a resounding “no!” heard round the world.

November 27, 2012

December 2012 Political Report: U.N. “Programme of Action” Threatens Gun Owners

Following the well-deserved failure of Arms Trade Treaty negotiations in July, the United Nations wasted no time in continuing to pursue its civilian disarmament agenda. Just a month after the treaty conference, the U.N. held the Second Review Conference of the U.N. Programme of Action on Small Arms and Light Weapons—the POA, for short.

April 15, 2013

Obama's United Nations Backdoor to Gun Control

Even before his most ambitious gun-control proposals were falling by the wayside, President Obama was turning for help to the United Nations. On April 2, the United States led 154 nations to approve the Arms Trade Treaty in the U.N. General Assembly. While much of the treaty governs the international sale of conventional weapons, its regulation of small arms would provide American gun-control advocates with a new tool for restricting rights. Yet because the Constitution requires that two-thirds of the Senate give its advice and consent to any treaty, Second Amendment supporters still have a political route to stop the administration.

July 18, 2008

United Nations Threat Continues

Over the past 7 years, the United Nations (UN) has been working to reach agreement on an international treaty on the trade in small arms.

October 16, 2006

Elect A Second Amendment-Safe Senate

Mid-term elections may not grab the attention like years when there’s a race for the White House, but the importance of the 2006 U.S. Senate elections cannot be overlooked by Americans who value their Right to Keep and Bear Arms.