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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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Radio Canada International  

Thursday, August 30, 2018

A ban on handguns for Canada?

The Liberal government of Justin Trudeau is set to examine a national ban on handguns and “assault rifle” ...

Winnipeg Free Press  

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Canada: Gun owners recoil at ban study

Manitoba gun owners say a Liberal proposal to study a ban on all handguns misses the mark, believing ...

The Star  

Friday, August 10, 2018

Canada: Premier Doug Ford opposes ban on handgun sales in Toronto

Premier Doug Ford says he is against a council-requested ban on the sale of handguns and their ammunition ...

Canada: Toronto Mayor Calls for Gun Bans, Ontario Premier Targets Criminals

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Friday, August 10, 2018

Canada: Toronto Mayor Calls for Gun Bans, Ontario Premier Targets Criminals

Canadian anti-gun politicians’ campaign to disarm law-abiding citizens continued this week. On Monday, the Canadian press reported on an August 3 ...

Edmonton Journal  

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Canada: Tory seeks gun control with letter to Trudeau

In the missive sent to the PMO last Friday, but released to the media on Monday, Tory asked, ...

Canada: Social Democrats Demand Handgun Bans, Feds “Open to All Options”

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Friday, August 3, 2018

Canada: Social Democrats Demand Handgun Bans, Feds “Open to All Options”

Much like their U.S. counterparts, Canada’s gun control advocates are using tragedy to advance their pre-existing civilian disarmament agenda. ...

Canada: Toronto Politicians Push Nationwide Handgun Ban, Feds to Consider Proposal

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News  

Friday, July 27, 2018

Canada: Toronto Politicians Push Nationwide Handgun Ban, Feds to Consider Proposal

Canadian gun control advocates’ goal of civilian disarmament came further into focus this week following a tragic shooting ...

Israel Set to Further Embrace Armed Citizenry to Promote Public Safety

News  

Friday, July 20, 2018

Israel Set to Further Embrace Armed Citizenry to Promote Public Safety

After a spate of terror attacks in 2015, Israel opted to loosen its firearms restrictions so that more citizens could ...

The Daily Signal  

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

To Promote Gun Control, the UN Changes the Rules

In the last two weeks of June, the United Nations held another review conference on its efforts to ...

Anti-gun Efforts to Expand U.N. Regulations to Ammunition Continue

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Friday, July 6, 2018

Anti-gun Efforts to Expand U.N. Regulations to Ammunition Continue

Shortly before 4:00am last Saturday morning, the two week long Third Review Conference (RevCon3) on the Programme of ...

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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.