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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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The Age  

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Australia: New national gun amnesty to be announced

The federal government is poised to announce a national gun amnesty following an unprecedented wave of violent firearm-related ...

The Age  

Monday, September 12, 2016

Australia's criminals are still armed

Despite Australia’s strict gun control regime, criminals are now better armed than at any time since then-Prime Minister ...

Pro-Gun Members of Congress Respond to State Department’s Disastrous Manufacturing “Guidance”

News  

Friday, September 2, 2016

Pro-Gun Members of Congress Respond to State Department’s Disastrous Manufacturing “Guidance”

This week, pro-gun members of Congress responded to the Obama administration’s attempt at backdoor gun control through the ...

Recent UN Arms Trade Treaty Conference Marks Dangerous Shift in U.S. Policy

News  

Friday, September 2, 2016

Recent UN Arms Trade Treaty Conference Marks Dangerous Shift in U.S. Policy

August 22 marked the opening date of the week-long Second Conference of States Parties to the Arms Trade ...

Reuters  

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Swiss tell EU: Hands off veterans' rifles

Friction between Switzerland and the European Union over the bloc's plans to tighten gun control following a rise ...

ABC  

Friday, August 26, 2016

Australia: Canberra shooters call for review of gun laws after rifle permit refused over 'military-like' appearance

Canberra shooting groups are calling for a change to ACT laws that allow firearm permits to be refused ...

Xinhua  

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Mexico asks U.S. Congress to renew ban on assault weapons

Mexico's Foreign Minister Claudia Ruiz Massieu on Monday asked the U.S. Congress to restrict the sale of assault ...

CBS News  

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Mexicans have the right to own guns, but few do

There’s just one place in all of Mexico where you can legally buy a gun. It’s tucked away ...

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 ...

NRA ILA

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.