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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.

Issue Articles

Friday, 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 ...


Sunday, April 22, 2012

The Movement To Torch The United States Constitution

Did you know South Africa has a constitution that’s far superior to our own? That’s what one U.S. ...


Friday, February 17, 2012

NRA at U.N. Arms Trade Meeting

As we have done in the past, NRA attended a United Nations Arms Trade Treaty meeting in New ...


Thursday, January 12, 2012

Ireland: Gun owners challenge Gardao's refusal of licenses

A number of legal challenges brought by shooting enthusiasts against refusals by gardao to issue the gun owners ...


Thursday, January 5, 2012

India: Supreme Court stays order classifying air guns as firearms

New Delhi   Relief was the dominant emotion among the country's burgeoning shooting community on Wednesday. Acting on a ...

Hurriyet Daily News  

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Turkey: Fight fire with fire, NGO tells women

A Turkish non-governmental organization (NGO) is set to give free shooting courses at a gun range for women ...


Tuesday, November 22, 2011

It Will Never Happen Here

The rioting in England last August should serve as a reminder to gun owners not to take their ...


Monday, September 26, 2011

No Compromise: NRA Takes On United Nations

NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre and NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris W. Cox attended a meeting at United ...

Friday, July 29, 2011

More Senators Take a Stand Against the UN’s Arms Trade Treaty

This week, Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) sent a letter signed by himself and 12 of his Democratic colleagues ...

Friday, 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 ...

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