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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


Monday, June 23, 2008

The Two Reasons We Must Stop Clinton And Obama

Gun rights advocates considering skipping this November's presidential election should keep two things in mind--the Supreme Court and ...


Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Backfire in Britain

Want to see that celebrated British stiff upper lip begin to quiver? Just mention to Parliament or press ...


Friday, February 8, 2008

Standing Guard: License For Tyranny

There is no element in the poisonous alchemy of the globalist gun ban crowd more dangerous to American ...


Thursday, December 20, 2007

Uganda: We`re from the government, and we`re here to help you.

While the United Nations works diligently to curb the Second Amendment rights of Americans, it is turning a ...


Saturday, December 15, 2007

One on One with Senator David Vitter

For over a decade, gun-banners entrenched at the United Nations (UN) have continually leveled attacks against law-abiding Americans' ...


Thursday, September 27, 2007

Statement by Chris Cox Regarding American Airlines' Decision to Ban Firearms on Flights to Europe and Asia

"The National Rifle Association has been working with American Airlines to change a recently implemented airline policy that ...


Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Would Banning Firearms Reduce Murder and Suicide?

To research that question, researchers Gary Mauser (left) and Don Kates compiled statistics for the rates of murder ...


Wednesday, January 10, 2007


A 1989 college shooting in Montreal incited a $2 billion Canadian long gun registry. Seventeen years later, another ...


Thursday, August 17, 2006

Gun Ban & Genocide, The Disarming Facts

The international gun prohibition lobbies and their United Nations allies insist that there is no personal right of ...


Wednesday, July 26, 2006

H.R. 3436/S. 1488 The “Second Amendment Protection Act of 2005”

H.R. 3436/S. 1488 would require that the President of the United States each year certify to Congress that ...

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