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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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EU Council Adopts Gun Control Measures Passed by Parliament

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Second Amendment  

Friday, April 28, 2017

EU Council Adopts Gun Control Measures Passed by Parliament

On Tuesday, the European Council met in Luxembourg and adopted wide-ranging restrictive revisions to the EU Firearms Directive. ...

Euractiv  

Monday, March 6, 2017

Czech minister wants to guarantee the right to keep and bear arms

A constitutional amendment would enable Czechs to acquire and possess a gun for security purposes. This is a ...

South China Morning Post  

Thursday, January 5, 2017

China’s gun laws attacked after woman jailed for using air rifles at fun fair booth

The jailing of a Tianjin fun fair stand owner for more than three years for gun possession has ...

European Parliament and Council Reach Agreement on EU Firearms Directive

News  

Friday, December 23, 2016

European Parliament and Council Reach Agreement on EU Firearms Directive

At the same time Europeans are exhibiting a renewed interest in exercising their right to self-defense, the European Parliament and ...

Reuters  

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

EU agrees new gun rules after militant attacks

The measure is part of an overall tightening of EU rules that govern the purchase and sale of ...

Australian Politicians Clash over Lever-Action Shotgun

News  

Friday, October 28, 2016

Australian Politicians Clash over Lever-Action Shotgun

Despite reports of a government compromise last year, Australia is once again embroiled in a heated political battle over the ...

Australian Broadcasting Corporation  

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Australia: David Leyonhjelm warns Malcolm Turnbull's Government of 'difficult' relationship over Adler ban

Crossbench senator David Leyonhjelm has warned the Government its future relationship with him could be "difficult", after accusing ...

North Devon Journal (UK)  

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

UK: Farmer faces prison for having illegal pistol

A North Devon farmer has been warned he is at risk of a mandatory five-year jail sentence for ...

Tribune Review  

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Gun treaty still D.O.A.

Hope springs eternal among gun-grabbing interests that the Obama administration somehow will get the United Nations Arms Trade ...

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 ...

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.