The “U.N. Conference to Review Progress Made in the Implementation of the Programme of Action to Prevent and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects” ended last Friday in deadlock with no formal conclusions or recommendations. In the final analysis, the complexity of the issue and the concerns of hunters, sport shooters and firearm owners worldwide prevailed. No recommendations on ammunition, civilian possession or future U.N. meetings, or for that matter, any other subjects, were adopted. The failure of this five-year program to impact the legitimate firearm industry, and the Second Amendment rights of U.S. citizens was total. Anti-gun Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and liberal governments served notice they would not give up and would present all of their issues to the U.N. General Assembly this fall.
Thanks should be given to NRA Board members Bob Barr, David Keene, and Jim Gilmore for their crucial participation in this significant victory.