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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

Washington Post  

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

India already had some of the world’s strictest gun laws. Now it’s tightened them.

India already had some of the strictest gun laws in the world, a vestige of British colonial rule, ...

Globe and Mail  

Friday, July 1, 2016

Canada to join arms trade treaty

Canada is joining a global treaty aimed at regulating the arms trade, but the federal government still will ...

National Review  

Thursday, June 16, 2016

At the U.N., Lather, Rinse, and Repeat for Gun Control

The more time you spend at the U.N., the more its activities fall into a pattern. There are ...

Wall Street Journal  

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Emigrate With Your Guns? You’re Probably Shooting in the Dark

When American Tom Heberlein tried to import his firearms to Sweden, he got as far as his transfer ...

Wall Street Journal  

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Tennessee Gun-Rights Law Shields Firearms from International Treaties

A new gun-rights law enacted in Tennessee prohibits the state from enforcing any limits on firearms imposed by ...

Snoopers’ Charter Reveals Extent of UK Gun Owner Surveillance; Provides Warning for Americans


Friday, March 25, 2016

Snoopers’ Charter Reveals Extent of UK Gun Owner Surveillance; Provides Warning for Americans

It is often pointed out that UK government officials treat George Orwell’s “1984” less like the dire warning ...

European Parliament Takes Initial Steps on EU Gun Control Measures


Friday, March 18, 2016

European Parliament Takes Initial Steps on EU Gun Control Measures

Since we last updated readers to the European Union’s efforts to enact further gun controls, the transnational government has continued ...

Australian Associated Press  

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Australia: Ban on Adler shotgun expected to be lifted

Liberal Democrat senator David Leyonhjelm says he expects an import ban on a controversial rapid-fire shotgun, imposed in ...


Wednesday, February 24, 2016

The people who want the UK's gun laws relaxed

Gun debate in Britain tends to focus on what is happening in the US, but more than 700,000 ...


Friday, February 19, 2016

Band Member Targeted in Paris Terror Attacks Stresses Importance of Armed Self-Defense

On Tuesday, heavy metal rock group Eagles of Death Metal made a triumphant return to Paris. The American ...

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