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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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VIVE LE FRANCE?

News  

Friday, September 14, 2018

VIVE LE FRANCE?

Those who follow international news are painfully aware that France has seen a disturbing amount of terrorist attacks ...

Gun Control Activist Urges Canadian Audience to Get Involved in U.S. Politics

News  

Friday, September 14, 2018

Gun Control Activist Urges Canadian Audience to Get Involved in U.S. Politics

For someone who has previously falsely accused the NRA of funneling foreign money into domestic politics, it must be that ...

National Post  

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Canada: Guns, border crossers top list of concerns Liberal MPs bring to caucus retreat

Liberal backbenchers are pushing for action on gun violence and irregular border crossers as they prepare for the ...

CBC.ca  

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Canada: Handgun ban would have 'no impact,' police union head warns

"There's no way in my world or any world I know that this would have an impact on ...

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

News  

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”

News  

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. ...

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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.