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International & United Nations Gun Control

NRA has been engaged at the United Nations and elsewhere internationally in response to overreaching small arms initiatives for two decades. During this time, we have been actively opposing transnational efforts that would limit Americans’ Second Amendment freedoms. NRA has been a recognized Non-Governmental Organization at the United Nations since 1996. Our status as an NGO allows us to closely monitor the internal UN debate over firearm issues and report back to our members.

The most pressing international threat to U.S. gun owners is the UN Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). Among its most egregious provisions, the treaty encourages national recordkeeping requirements for “end users” of covered arms (including firearms), and suggests that national governments share such records. Further, the ATT compels countries to make arms import and export decisions based upon a trading partner’s willingness to abide by the treaty’s requirements, which could isolate the United States from legitimate trade in arms or force it to adopt restrictions detrimental to Second Amendment rights. During the drafting phase, NRA vigorously advocated for civilian firearm ownership be removed from the treaty’s scope. Those recommendations were ignored, meaning U.S. firearms policy could become the rest of the world’s business and subject to its approval, on pain of trade restrictions if it doesn’t meet “international norms.”

Secretary of State John Kerry signed the ATT on behalf of the U.S. on September 25, 2013. NRA continues to work with its Senate allies to prevent ratification or implementation of the treaty in the U.S.

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Monday, June 11, 2001

An Armed Society

By Stephen P. Halbrook. Where is freedom guaranteed by a heavily-armed civilian population? In Switzerland, where fully-automatic assault ...

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Monday, June 11, 2001

Gun Laws Around The World: Do They Work? By Don B. Kates

Peaceful societies do not need general gun bans, and violent societies do not benefit from them. Take a ...

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Tuesday, April 10, 2001

Gun Laws, Culture, Justice & Crime In Foreign Countries

Do other countries all have more restrictive gun laws and lower violent crime rates than the U.S.? How ...

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Tuesday, April 10, 2001

Gun Laws, Culture, Justice & Crime In Foreign Countries

Do other countries all have more restrictive gun laws and lower violent crime rates than the U.S.? How ...

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Monday, November 27, 2000

Renewed Israeli interest in gun ownership

Motivated by a desire for self-protection, Israelis are applying for gun licenses in increased numbers. Time will tell ...

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Friday, October 20, 2000

Brazil`s Supreme Court Overturns Gun Ban

Brazil`s Supreme Court overturned the recently passed gun ban legislation. This is something gun owners should remember since ...

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Friday, October 13, 2000

South Africa: "Firearms Control Bill" Passes Important Hurdle

A "Firearms Control Bill" passed by the Upper House of Parliament would require gun owners to undergo competency ...

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Friday, September 8, 2000

Toy Gun Licenses for Toddlers

Get them used to it at an early age. New Zealand is issuing toy gun "licenses" to kindergarten ...

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Wednesday, September 6, 2000

England`s Criminals Are Armed

Despite some of the most Draconian gun control laws in the world, England is experiencing a significant problem ...

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Thursday, July 27, 2000

In England Less Guns Equal More Crime

England`s restrictive gun laws have created a safe haven for criminals, and an increase in crime. Now, Parliament ...

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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.