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U.S. Supports Right To Bear Arms At UN Small Arms Conference

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

The UN "Small Arms" Conference entered its second day with more country statements being delivered to the delegates gathered in the General Assembly Chamber.

The highlight of today's meeting was the United States statement delivered by U.S. Under Secretary of State Robert Joseph. Joseph politely but forcefully gave the U.S. "red lines" - issues which the U.S. strongly opposes and will not allow into any Conference report or recommendations. These included interference with Americans' Right To Bear Arms, a UN ban on transfer of arms to freedom fighters and international regulation of ammunition. The U.S. also said it was not ready to commit to any future conferences on small arms.

There was a strong NRA presence with Executive Vice-President Wayne LaPierre, NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris Cox and NRA President Sandra Froman listening to the U.S. deliver its positions.

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