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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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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 ...

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 ...

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.