NRA Explore
APPEARS IN Legal & Legislation

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the UN Arms Trade Treaty

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

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.

----------------------

Wednesday, November 25, 2009  

Over the last few weeks, we have received many inquiries 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. 

The new U.S. administration, to no one’s surprise, has changed direction in the UN with respect to international small arms control initiatives that were resisted by the previous administration. 

The current issue under discussion, the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), is in the early stages of the negotiation process.  There is no actual draft text at this time.  Work on the ATT is scheduled to continue by a consensus process between now and 2012.  It should be noted that any treaty must be approved by two thirds of the U.S. Senate for ratification. 

Attempts to thwart our freedoms should be no surprise, given the anti-gun climate of the international community in general, and the current U.S. administration in particular. 

More generally, the NRA does not concern itself with foreign policy or arms control initiatives—except to the extent they would directly or indirectly affect Second Amendment rights. 

We have been actively opposing transnational efforts that would limit Second Amendment freedoms.  For many years, NRA has been monitoring and actively fighting any credible attempts on the part of the UN to restrict our sovereignty and gun rights.  As a recognized Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) at the United Nations since 1997, NRA gives gun owners a strong voice in the UN’s debate over global “gun control.” As one of over 2,000 NGOs representing everyone from religious groups to the banking industry, NRA has access to UN meetings that are closed to the general public, and is able to distribute informational materials to participants in UN activities. 

Most importantly, NRA’s status as an NGO allows us to monitor more closely the internal UN debate over firearm issues and report back to our members.  The role NRA plays within the UN as an NGO is almost identical to the role our registered lobbyists play every day on Capitol Hill and in state capitals across the nation—educating and informing decision-makers of the facts behind the debate, and working to protect the interests of American gun owners and NRA members. 

Due to our NGO status, NRA was able to take an active role in thwarting the absurdly titled “UN 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” in 2006, and the previous meeting, the “UN Conference on the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons” in the summer of 2001. 

The UN Small Arms Conference ended in deadlock with no formal conclusions or recommendations, due in large part to the NRA.  In the final analysis, the complexity of the issue and the concerns of hunters, sport shooters and firearm owners world-wide prevailed.  The failure of the program was total; no recommendations on ammunition, civilian possession or future UN meetings, or for that matter any other subjects, were adopted. 

In addition to its UN activities, NRA is a founding member of the World Forum on the Future of Sport Shooting Activities (WFSA).  The WFSA is an association of hunting, shooting, and industry organizations that was founded in 1996.  The WFSA includes over 35 national and international organizations, and represents over 100 million sport shooters worldwide. 

NRA members may rest assured that we are actively engaged in international matters.  We have never hesitated, nor will we hesitate, to use the political and other resources available to us to resist any international agreement that could in any way affect our Second Amendment rights.

TRENDING NOW

Thursday, May 5, 2016

New Jersey: Senate Committee Passes Anti-Gun Legislation on Party-Line Vote

Today, the Senate State Government, Wagering, Tourism and Historic Preservation Committee voted on a 3-2 party-line vote to pass Senate Concurrent Resolution 101.

News  

Friday, April 29, 2016

Social Security Administration Releases Proposed Rulemaking on Disability-Related Gun Ban

On Friday, the Social Security Administration (SSA) released a draft of a proposed rulemaking that would supposedly bring the agency into compliance with what it claims is its responsibility to report prohibited persons to the ...

News  

Friday, April 29, 2016

Say What? Gun Control Advocates Try to Change the Language of Crime

As a cabinet level official in the Obama administration, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton both reflected and informed the regime’s values and tactics, some of which she has carried forward into her own campaign ...

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

New Jersey: Anti-Gun Legislators Move to Quash Gov. Christie’s Gun Reforms

Undeterred by the Garden State’s failed, draconian gun laws, Senator Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg (D-37) has quickly schemed to block Governor Chris Christie’s recent executive action.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Arizona: Final Votes on Pro-Gun Bills Could Happen Soon: Your Urgent Action Needed!

Today, Senate Bill 1266 is scheduled for its final vote in the House of Representatives.  The final votes for House Bill 2338, House Bill 2446, and House Bill 2524 could happen any time now.  Unfortunately, yesterday the ...

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Louisiana: Firearm Legislation on the Move at the Capitol

Yesterday in the House Administration of Criminal Justice Committee, House Bill 959 was voluntarily deferred by its sponsor, state Representative John Bagneris (D-New Orleans).

News  

Friday, April 29, 2016

Hillary Clinton to Attack Gun Owners Her “Very First Day” in Office

In what has become as reliable as clockwork, with the passing of another week comes another Hillary Clinton attack on gun owners. This time, the frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination explained to supporters her ...

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Oklahoma: Right to Keep and Bear Arms Constitutional Amendment Under Fire in Conference Committee

A critical Right to Keep and Bear Arms Constitutional Amendment, House Joint Resolution 1009, is currently sitting in the House Conference Committee on Rules.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Michigan: Your Urgent Action Needed: Important Preemption Legislation Vote Tomorrow!

Tomorrow, May 4, the House Local Government Committee is scheduled to consider and vote on House Bill 4795, as substituted.  HB 4795, sponsored by Chairman Lee Chatfield (R-District 107), is important legislation aimed at protecting ...

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Oklahoma: Conference Committee Members Named for Self-Defense Legislation

In mid-April, House Bill 3098 was overwhelmingly passed by the Oklahoma Senate and sent to conference committee for further consideration.  

MORE TRENDING +
LESS TRENDING -
NRA ILA

Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the "lobbying" arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.