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Global Gun Control Efforts

Get US out of the UN! Canadian Soldier Cutting Arms Get US out of the UN!

UN Soldier (Canadian) cutting arms collected in Bosnia. (Note: shotgun, bolt action rifle, semi-auto SKSs, and handgun to be demolished.)

UN soldier searching a civilian for handguns. UN soldier chopping a seized rifle.
United States soldier searching a civilian for handgun possession at a United Nations checkpoint in Bosnia. Right, a British soldier cuts the receiver of a confiscated rifle under a United Nations directive in the former Yugoslavia.

Over the last 10 years law-abiding citizens have been stripped of their right to own some or all types of firearms in Australia, Canada, Great Britain and New Zealand among others. New regional and international agreements have been made by governments of various countries in which civilian possession and sales of other types of firearms are to be restricted, registered, or completely prohibited.

After US President Clinton signed an Organization of American States firearms agreement with Mexican President Zedillo and temporarily banned the future import of semi-automatic sporter rifles less than a day later, many American firearm owners are beginning to question if there is some sort of "connection."

 

Let's start off by stating this is not a "black helicopter just buzzed over my farm" or "Uzbek troops are hiding in an island off Detroit waiting to invade America" kind of page. It is not about unsubstantiated rumors, covert conspiracies, or hidden agendas that are being shot at in the dark from a completely uninformed position.

Canadian UN soldier searching for small arms.

This page deals with verified information and facts --from the very global agencies, groups, and regional organizations that are involved in the effort to regulate and eventually ban firearms from civilian possession. In the process of enlightening and motivating American readers we have adapted an actual UN Security Council report to reflect their attitude in the event that "It Might Happen Here." This is the only bit of 'creative writing' you will find on this site. Be aware that it was a fact of life for people elsewhere in the world where an occupying UN force collected firearms and literally counted every handgun, rifle, musket, and bullet turned in by the local populace. It's real and it's happening now.

Click here for specific examples.

There are many groups currently involved in efforts to regulate firearms (a.k.a. small arms at the international level). For all intent and purpose, a small arm is defined as almost any weapon that can be carried by one person and capable of explosively firing a deadly projectile. Obviously any firearm a US citizen might legally buy from a .22 pocket pistol to a 10 gauge goose gun falls under this loose definition. Other than the UN, there are other organizations such as BASIC, BICC, Federation of American Scientists, Saferworld, SIPRI, Monterey Institute of International Studies, and the Organization of America States (OAS) involved in this effort.

Unfortunately, like their Australian, British, and Canadian counterparts did at first, American firearm owners believe these groups and the international agreements they help influence have no effect on their right to own the gun of their choice. Nothing could be further from the truth as the UN has called for the General and Complete Disarmament of Small Arms. By the way, I hope you noticed that the United States and the OAS were specifically mentioned under #11 of the introduction to that document.

POLICE also targeted for disarmament.
Likewise, American law enforcement officers might think international agreements that influence domestic gun control legislation will only affect "civie guns" --not their guns on the job. Again, nothing could be further from the truth if one peruses the UN's own monthly status reports on other countries they help 'manage' around the world:

  • 11. Since August, IPTF has embarked, in cooperation with SFOR, on an assertive programme of weapons inspections in local police stations to ensure that local police maintain only the equipment they need to police their areas, that is, one long-barrelled rifle for every 10 officers and one side arm for each officer. A total of 563 weapons inspections were carried out between 20 August and 30 November. Illegal weapons were found in 121 cases: 49 in the Republika Srpska and 72 in the Federation. Among the items confiscated were 295 pistols, 3,509 long-barrelled weapons, 25 grenade- and rocket-launchers, 1,351 grenades and over 504,000 rounds of ammunition.
  • Small arms confiscated from local police. Obey UN rules or you go to jail.
    On the left, "excess" small arms, confiscated from local police officers by United Nations forces in the former Yugoslavia (Note: O/U shotgun on lower left). American police officers: Are your department's weapons next? Right, local police are escorted into custody after failing to abide by United Nations directives.

    < and again on another date: >

    9. SFOR support has been provided to IPTF in its inspection of civilian police stations. All parties have been seeking to store inappropriate weapons. To date, the joint inspections have resulted in the discovery and subsequent destruction by SFOR of approximately 115 mines, 40 anti-tank weapons, 100 machine-guns and over 350 rifles.

  • I wonder how that would affect carrying a shotgun or carbine in the typical US police department squad car? How about all those M-16s and MP-5s in swat armories? The UN would be very concerned these weapons could fall into civilian hands and enter the "black market in small arms" thereby fuelling "regional conflict." Remember Albania in 96/97?

    NRA to the rescue? NOT A CHANCE.
    Some American firearm owners might be quick to say that the NRA now has NGO status at the UN and that their Second Amendment rights and national sovereignty are being adequately protected. Most do not know that the NRA is a non-voting member, can only speak at a public forum if invited to do so, and does not have access to closed meetings where final policies are decided. One BASIC report noted:

  • NRA role still controversial
    The National Rifle Association's (NRA) continued efforts to affect the panel's deliberations were viewed by several members with hostility. They told BASIC Reports that an NRA representative gave a brief presentation at the panel's July meeting, but was unsuccessful in his attempt to engage the panel in dialogue. The Colombian representative said, "He went out of there with his tail between his legs. What they wanted from us was a debate and nobody wanted to debate. We didn't even comment on it.... I don't think that had any influence on our work. We all know what these people are about." The Western representative, also a harsh critic, said, "He started by telling us what was wrong with the [panel's] mandate. He didn't know a damned thing about the mandate."
  • Likewise, when an NRA member actually has a chance to read one of the NRA rep's speeches to the UN, there seems to be information that has not been made available to the general membership as well as a tone of conciliation:

  • Statement of THE NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA-INSTITUTE FOR LEGISLATIVE ACTION before the United Nations European Regional Workshop on firearms Regulation for the Purpose of Crime Prevention and Public Safety

    Ljubljana, Slovenia

    22 September 1997

    <snip>

    "Please consider this statement only the first that we wish to offer in the different regional workshops. It is hoped that we, representing the firearms community and you, within your mandate, especially that of ".....the possible development of a United Nations declaration of principles ... on firearms regulation," can work together. Although NRA-ILA and other organizations, such as the WFSA feel intensely about this issue, they seek to make a positive contribution in shaping any eventual outcome.

    "It is probably well to point out to this gathering that, although you will be considering technical matters, your consideration of a possible UN declaration is a matter of the greatest possible importance and gravity.

    "Because of our place on the agenda, we make this initial statement without having the benefit hearing the views of the Workshop participants or having knowledge of specific proposals which may emerge.

    <snip>

    "In the two years in which the United Nations has been actively involved in "studying" firearms regulation, not one of the thousands of groups involved in hunting and sport shooting activities in countries around the world has been allowed to express its views, experiences or concerns in any public meeting , forum or gathering.

    <snip>

    "Now, let me go into the ramifications of this endeavor. The conclusion of the "Report of the Secretary General -- Measures to Regulate Firearms" (E/CN.15 / 1997/ 4) that the general existing system of firearms regulation, through member states' domestic firearms laws and import/export controls (page 7 of the Report), is not "sufficient" and is radical in its implications vis-a-vis the relationship of the UN to member states. By this conclusion, the Report, in essence, recommends United Nations' involvement in the internal affairs of member states.

    "I should also point out neither the Report nor the recommendations are sufficiently sensitive to local cultures in which hunting is a respected and accepted activity. In the US alone, there are twelve million deer hunters. Hunting is fundamental to cultures and firearms are integral to that activity. However, the Report makes only scant reference to this. Non-hunting societies should not seek to impose their values on hunting societies.

    "There is the possible effect of what the United Nations firearms effort will have on perception of the UN in the US. In the United States firearm regulation or, as it is more frequently called, "gun control," is one of the most divisive and hotly debated public issues. If gun control alone did not furnish enough fuel for controversy, the United Nations itself furnishes more. As the Workshop well knows, there are other UN efforts in the arena of international firearms regulation. This leads to an increasing feeling in some circles that there is a concerted UN effort to drastically restrict firearms. A situation which can be perceived as a UN effort promoting gun control at the national level should be avoided."

  • I'm an NRA member and after reading that last paragraph I questioned if the NRA really was representing my interests or helping keep the UN's involvement in the international firearms regulation agenda out of public view. Needless to say, there is an explanation needed here.

    Well, don't take my word for it. What we here at the Champaign County Grassroots have done is compile the first and largest single database of source documents for American firearm owners in the study of Global Gun Control. You can download (698K zipped) this file to read on your own. This way you'll know the terminology that the GCG'ers are using (small arms, light weapons, micro-disarmament, transparency, regional measures, etc.) as well as many of the relevant documents they've put out on the subject. For those of you who don't have the time we've included a BICC Adobe Acrobat document to download (130K pdf) as a solid introduction to the subject.

    Downloads from this database will be updated in the future as documents are collected and collated.

    Good Luck, Friend


    Left, an American GI takes inventory of confiscated small arms while under United Nations mandate in Bosnia. On the right is another American GI receiving and breaking down confiscated rifles in Bosnia. Note the discarded gas tubes on the lower right corner.


    Left, British troops inspect confiscated small arms from a UN disarmament campaign in Africa. Center, British troops load confiscated small arms into a United Nations truck. Right, an American soldier in Bosnia, under United Nations command, inspects burnt and bent rifles following their destruction under United Nations authority in Bosnia.

     

    Post Script:
    Confiscation has now begun in our times in America. However, it isn't the United Nations driving this. Instead, it is California's Attorney General Dan Lungren.

    Click here for the entire story.

    Here is why Californians, and indeed all Americans, should be concerned:
    Throughout California, authorities are calling on law-abiding citizens to surrender firearms -- guns previously and specifically approved by the State Department of Justice.

    Today, Wednesday, January 28, 1998, in Rocklin, California, Mr. William Doss presented his SKS Sporter rifle to local law enforcement for confiscation -- a firearm previously and expressly deemed acceptable by California Attorney General Dan Lungren (R). The crisis was brought about when Mr. Lungren initially determined that a firearm popular with shooting enthusiasts was legal under California's Roberti-Roos "Assault Weapons Control Act" -- only to reverse course later and pronounce the guns illegal.

     


    "International Police Task Force Policeman" John Richter (center, right), of Illinois, speaks with the Commander the Multi National Division South West, Major General John Kiszely (left) and Lieutenant General C B Q Wallace, Chief of Joint Operations PDHQ, centre. A Nepalese soldier, Kurussottam (right) is also pictured during this walkabout of Kulen Vakuf, Bosnia.

    Hopefully this policeman from Illinois is not planning on bringing what he has learned about civilian disarmament back home to Illinois to implement.


    Still frames from the Australian Government's video of their gun collection and destruction program:

    Your Father's Prize Browning
    Semi-auto sporting shotgun gets receiver pinched in half. Hunters and clay shooters in America had better wake up before it's too late!

    The Scrap Heap of FreedomGuns first...
    Left, the field of dreams for global gun controllers. Right, a collectable .22 gets tossed into the furnace.

    To download the whole video and other audio clips from radio announcements to citizens to turn in their guns, click HERE.

    Here is how the United Nations was involved in Australia's gun ban.


    Individual United Nations Papers, Proposals and Press Releases
    on Disarming EVERYONE
    including the Police

    Behind Closed Doors - Yet another secret international conference.

    The G8 Ball for Guns - Same gun control players, different field.

    UN Firearms Conference, April, 1998 - The document from Vienna the NRA talked about but didn't show the membership.

    Arpil is World Gun Ban Month - The final document (5-2-98).

    The NGO's Hidden Agenda isn't so hidden. It's right here!

    Rapid Progress in UN's Worldwide Effort to Harmonize Gun Control Laws - written by an insider. Best quote: "It is not a right to possess a firearm."

    Press Releases from United Nations troops detailing their confiscation of small arms from civilians and local police officers.

    GENERAL AND COMPLETE DISARMAMENT: SMALL ARMS - The title says it all. This is the master plan of the United Nations on why they think it's necessary and how they plan to disarm us all.
    click for html format

    The United Nations DISARMS the Central African Republic - Here is the text of a United Nations report on how they disarmed the civilians in the Central African Republic. It was nice "practice" for doing it in a larger country.

    UN Criminal Justice Goal List and UN GUN GOAL List - Goals the United Nations has in mind when it comes to (liberal) criminal justice and civilian disarmament for the "public's health and safety."

    BASIC's Project on Light Weapons - The British American Security Information Council's long study on how small arms are the scourge of the Earth and how they propose we eliminate small arms from private possession. NOTE: Thanks to the FORD FOUNDATION FOR GENEROUS SUPPORT

    "Microdisarmament" - United NationSpeak for confiscating every small arm in a nation. This paper outlines how they would like to use El Salvador as a model nation. "The number of countries in need of microdisarmament continues to grow... ...A buyback program in El Salvador may provide a prototype that can be applied to other situations, and put some teeth into the concept of micro disarmament."

    BASIC's Recommendations - BASIC's recommendations on how to conduct a micro-disarmament campaign for "crime prevention and public safety."


    Download the first .ZIP file of a large number of these UN docs. (698K - transfer rate is usually about 4K/sec).


    Left, Canadian troops inspect small arms confiscated from a small African country during a United Nations disarmament campaign. Note the Canadian Flag flying in the background. Right, another picture of confiscated weapons from a UN mission.


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    Summary of UN efforts to eliminate the Second Amendment and disarms citizens
    The UN is turning up heat against gun ownership--NRA ILA
    UN Commission on CPCJ approves firearms regulation
    UN Panel of GESA says UN should reduce accumulation of guns in the world
    USA and OAS sign first international agreement to eradicate illegal trafficking in guns, ammo...

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    The United Nations Pressing For U.S. Gun Control

    The United Nations Pressing For U.S. Gun Control by Larry Pratt Executive Director - Gun Owners of America

    UN (United Nations) Blue And White Helmet Targeted By Rifle Scope Crosshairs.
    Why should gun owners concern themselves with the United Nations? After all, what jurisdiction do U.N. bureaucrats have for sticking their nose into the U.S. gun control debate since the United States Constitution gives no authority of any kind to the U.N? To answer that question, it might help to ask another question. By what authority is the United States Congress (and the rest of the federal government) passing one bill after another to disarm, one step at a time, the civilian population of the country?

    Clearly, gun control (or more plainly called civilian disarmament, which is what concerned the founders) is prohibited by the Second Amendment. In reality, the Second Amendment was specifically intended to protect an individual's right to own the type of firearms in "common use." Consider the statement by the Supreme Court in U.S. v. Miller (1939): "The Militia comprised all males physically capable of acting in concert for the common defense... [and that] when called for service, these men were expected to appear bearing arms supplied by themselves and of the kind in common use at the time." (emphasis added)

    So what is one to conclude from all this? First, the Constitution gives Congress no authority to enact gun control legislation. Second, and perhaps even more surprising for modern-day pundits, the Constitution allows the Congress to require gun ownership.

    Consider a law which Congress passed in 1792 -- a law which is clearly authorized by the "arming and disciplining the militia" clause in the Constitution:

    In the Militia Act of 1792, the second Congress defined "militia of the United States" to include almost every free adult male in the United States. These persons were obligated by law to possess a [military-style] firearm and a minimum supply of ammunition and military equipment.... (emphasis added)

    The above quote comes from a statement issued in 1982 by the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on the Constitution. The subcommittee correctly observed that Congress can require gun ownership.

    The governing principle of what authority the federal government has is stated in the Tenth Amendment: "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people." In other words, if an explicit grant of power is not authorized in the Constitution, the federal government may not act.

    "We the people of the United States" have not held our politicians accountable. As with undisciplined children, they have been doing whatever they feel like rather than operate according to the rules. Not surprisingly, these same politicians have no problem with the United Nations telling Americans what to do without authority since the federal government has been doing the same thing for a long time. Involvement by the U.N. is actually politically quite convenient as long as voters do not object.

    From the Horse's Mouth

    The documents from the U.N.'s own webpage (http://www.un.org) make it clear that they are very serious about disarming American civilians.

    For example, on December 22, 1995, the UN announced the launch of a study of small arms. According to the U.N., small arms "are increasingly associated with crime, accidents and suicides, and form a major source of illicit profits for transnational criminal networks.... While trade in major weapons is on the decline, small arms are spreading." That sounds like something Sarah Brady or Rep. Charles Schumer, among others, could have written.

    This worldwide survey of firearms ownership is being financed by the Japanese government. The Canadian government is supplying a number of gun control bureaucrats to assist in the U.N. project. Also participating is Stewart Allen, Chief of the Intelligence Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms along with the Russian in charge of the Firearms Control Division of the Russian Ministry of the Interior.

    The survey is being done, according to a December 22, 1995 press release from the U.N., in cooperation with U.S. police, customs and military services. The Clinton Administration evidently is hoping to use the U.N. study to lend support to its own desire to disarm American citizens. This is the function assigned to similar studies voted by Congress over the years including the instant background check with its establishment of the means of instant gun registration when background checks are carried out. The Congress passed a study resolution mandating the Justice Department to study the issue. Not surprisingly, the bureaucrats concluded that they should have this increased power over the citizens and the additional information about who has guns. Following the study, the Brady Law was passed with its instant background (registration) features firmly implanted in the legislation.

    Former U.N. Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali spoke of a world "awash" with small arms. The Japanese got the U.N. to approve a resolution authorizing the U.N. Crime Commission to consider various measures to regulate guns. Several of the member governments spoke of the "alarming rise in the proliferation of small arms and underscored that their mounting use by drug traffickers and criminal gangs posed a grave threat to public safety and the rule of law." The same sinister depiction of guns as only used by drug dealers is the same rhetoric employed in the U.S. by Handgun Control and their champions in the Congress and other government bodies.

    An earlier draft of the resolution would have encouraged the U.N. Secretary-General "to continue efforts to curb the illicit circulation of small arms and to collect such arms in the affected States, with the support of the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Africa." While that resolution was dealing with Africa, Americans should not be relieved that the U.S. was not included -- in that resolution. The fact of the matter is, the U.N. is increasingly assuming the jurisdictional authority of a federal world government with the U.S. as just one of scores of member states. And gun control -- meaning civilian disarmament -- is high up on the agenda of the U.N.

    New Focus, Same Goals

    With the end of the Cold War, the U.N. has shifted its focus to gun control and fighting drugs as a way of continuing to justify its existence. We see the same pattern of big government refocusing in the United States using the same themes of a war on drugs and gun control.

    The U.N. Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice met in Vienna in May, 1996 to discuss strategies for civilian disarmament among the member states. In announcing this summit, U.N. bureaucrats set forth what they perceived to be a major problem -- namely, that "small arms are spreading throughout society with little documentation, since they are frequently bought from private individuals." Thus, one of the commission's objectives was to study gun control laws around the world for "the development of related strategies" among the member countries (like the U.S.).

    Since most countries register gun owners, one would undoubtedly expect that the "related strategies" would include registering all guns so that the U.N. and the subordinate governments (including the U.S.) will know where the guns are. No more anonymous gun sales with "little documentation." No more passing a gun down from father to son. No more selling a gun to a friend at the office. Big Brother will track everything pertaining to guns.

    This alone is reason for gun owners and all who are working to restore constitutional government in the United States to rejoice that Rep. Ron Paul has introduced H.R. 1146, The American Sovereignty Restoration Act of 1997. In brief, H.R. 1146 would get the U.S. out of the U.N. and the U.N. out of the U.S.

    Gun control illustrates one of the dangers of the U.S. membership in the U.N. In May of 1994, the Clinton administration agreed to participate in a discussion of ways for the United Nations to control the manufacture of guns and their sales to civilians. This is over a year before all of the activities of the U.N. Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice swung into motion with financial support from Japan and bureaucrats on loan from our neighbor, Canada. These other countries were not sneaking in the back door of U.S. sovereignty -- our own government was hiding behind the U.N. to carry out the civilian disarmament they did not think they could get away with by themselves.

    In the May 24, 1994 issue of The Washington Times discussing the U.S. support of U. N. gun control, Colombia's U.N. representative was complaining about the U.S. as a source of guns to Columbia in much the same way that Washington, D.C. complains about some of the states: "Columbia's problem is that in the U.S. you can legally buy and sell arms, and those arms then are transferred illegally out of the country. But in Columbia, any purchase of arms is illegal." Pretty soon we will be told that we need a "one-gun-a-month" rationing scheme to stop the flow of guns not just to poor crime-wracked Washington, D.C., but to drug-lord oppressed Colombia.

    The enemies of an armed citizenry have already shown that in order to pull off gun rationing, they need to have an instant registration system in place, such as the Brady instant background check. Hardly anybody thinks that criminals buy guns in ways that subject themselves to background checks, but that is not what Handgun Control (better called, Allgun Control), Inc. is after. They want to know who has the guns. And so does the U.N.

    Less Sovereignty Can Lead to More Gun Control

    The web of international organizations being spun around the United States has already begun to reveal a transfer of sovereignty from our national government to unelected, supra-national organizations. When the GATT (General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade) Treaty was being adopted, proponents declared that treaty language would prohibit any part of the treaty from having effect if it would be inconsistent with any law of the United States. But other advocates, such as House Speaker Newt Gingrich, were more candid. He likened GATT to the Maastricht treaty governing much of Europe, by which individual states have surrendered an unprecedented degree of sovereignty. Gingrich said that we need "to be honest about the fact that we are transferring from the United States at a practical level significant authority to a new organization. This is a transformational moment." (Human Events, 11/25/94, p.4)

    Another candid advocate of the GATT's transfer of sovereignty to the World Trade Organization (WTO) was William Holder, the Deputy General Counsel of the International Monetary Fund who told an American University audience on November 19, 1994: "The WTO is de jure [legally] world government."

    Article 16, paragraph 4 of the WTO charter (which is part of the GATT legislation) states that each government "shall ensure the conformity of its laws, regulations and administrative procedures with its obligations..."

    We have seen in our own country how the interstate commerce clause of Article I Section 8 of our constitution went from being the delegation of a limited power (to keep states from taxing each other) to a "justification" of nearly totalitarian federal power to regulate anything at all. The argument was, that something that is not moving in interstate commerce has negatively impacted interstate commerce. Thus, something you grow for yourself on your own land, the feds have asserted, is game for federal regulation under the commerce clause.

    If that kind of fallacious and dangerous thinking has held sway in the United States, what makes us think that assumptions of international government power even worse than we have inflicted on ourselves domestically will not be imposed on the United States by the U.N. and other "entangling alliances" that George Washington warned us against.

    We have seen from the discussions under way at the United Nations that gun control is one of the top agenda items of the U.N. and many foreign nations. The U.S. gun laws are much freer than those of most of the rest of the world. Through the web of entangling treaties attaching the U.S. to various international organizations, the rope is being slipped about the neck of the Second Amendment. One of these days, we may wake up to headlines that the U.N. or the WTO have demanded that the U.S. "harmonize" its gun laws (translation: disarm our civilians the way Hitler, Stalin, Pol Pot, Idi Amin and many others have).

    Hopefully, if that time ever comes, H.R. 1146 will have already been made law and the U.S. will have broken its entangling alliance with the U.N. Members of Congress need to be encouraged to cosponsor this legislation by Rep. Ron Paul. For a quantity of postcards to have sent to your congressman, contact GOA at 703 321 8585 (8001 Forbes Place, Springfield, VA 22151) or e-mail your request to goamail@gunowners.org.

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    Summary of UN efforts to eliminate the Second Amendment and disarms citizens
    The UN is turning up heat against gun ownership--NRA ILA
    UN Commission on CPCJ approves firearms regulation
    UN Panel of GESA says UN should reduce accumulation of guns in the world
    USA and OAS sign first international agreement to eradicate illegal trafficking in guns, ammo...

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    U.N. presses for action on worldwide gun control
    NRA-ILA
    UN (United Nations) blue and white helmet targeted by rifle scope crosshairs.
    FIREARMS OWNED BY CIVILIANS ARE THE TARGET of the UN by NRA-ILA

    The United Nations recently wrapped up its second regional workshop on firearms regulation in Africa, and from all indications, the UN is becoming even more open about its commitment to global gun control. Not surprisingly, the Japanese government appears to be directly responsible for this increased enthusiasm in worldwide restrictions on firearms ownership. In fact, through the UN, the government of Japan actually paid the expenses for 23 of the 28 governments who sent representatives to the Africa conference. While the meeting was dominated by anti-gun governments and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) of the UN, NRA-ILA was able to secure a place at the table to monitor the "workshop," and make known our objections to any UN interference in the United States' domestic firearms policies. Unfortunately, what our representative in Africa discovered is not very good news. It has become obvious that the various gun control groups from around the world are working more closely together now than ever before. They are actively exchanging intelligence and information on how to advance their gun ban agenda, sharing the secrets to their recent successes in places like Australia and Great Britain. Making matters even worse is the fact that the anti-gun movement also appears to be extremely well-funded. The anti-gunners' new found confidence was reflected in the address by UN official Eric Kibuka, Director of the UN's African Institute for the Prevention of Crime and Treatment of Offenders, who labeled civilian-owned firearms "the target," and declared that "the international community has decided that firearms regulation is at the core of democracy and good government." NRA-ILA will continue to monitor events on the international stage and report them to you as necessary.

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    Summary of UN efforts to eliminate the Second Amendment and disarms citizens
    The UN is turning up heat against gun ownership--NRA ILA
    UN Commission on CPCJ approves firearms regulation
    UN Panel of GESA says UN should reduce accumulation of guns in the world
    USA and OAS sign first international agreement to eradicate illegal trafficking in guns, ammo...

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    U.N. COMMISSION ON CRIME PREVENTION AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE
    CONCLUDES SIXTH SESSION; VIENNA, 28 APRIL - 9 MAY

    Approves Texts on Transnational Crime, Corruption, Stolen Vehicles, Firearm Regulation, Juvenile Justice, Prison Conditions, Migrant Smuggling

    UN (United Nations) blue and white helmet targeted by rifle scope crosshairs.
    VIENNA, 9 May (UN Information Service) edited--The growing use of handguns and other firearms in crime, suicide and accidents prompted this morning's resolution on firearm regulation, under which the Commission urged States to consider regulatory approaches to civilian-owned firearms that would cover their storage, transport, licensing, import and export, as well as penalties for their misuse. With many States having experienced an alarming escalation in gun-related crime in recent years, including several highly publicized incidents, delegates reported recent parliamentary moves to ban certain types of weapons and to prevent their use in domestic violence and other types of crimes.

    Before the Commission was a 137-page first-ever United Nations study of how countries deal with civilian firearms issues. The preliminary draft contains the results of a 14-month survey of 46 countries, covering gun ownership, regulation and penalties.

    The 40-member Commission was established by the Economic and Social Council in 1992, replacing the Committee on Crime Prevention and Control as the major United Nations body providing policy guidance to the Organization's crime control programme, which consists of the Vienna-based Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Division and a network of affiliated regional and interregional institutes.

    The Commission's recommendations will be taken up at the next substantive session of the Economic and Social Council to be held in Geneva from 30 June to 25 July.

    Details of texts adopted and a round-up of the session follow.

    Firearms Regulation

    The draft of the first ever international survey on firearm regulation was presented to delegates. The study was conducted by the United Nations over the past 14 months and comprises data and comments from 46 Member States. Scheduled for publication later in 1997, with the addition of data from four partner countries, it is intended to assist in the development of national and international crime control and prevention strategies at a time when violent crimes, accidents and suicides involving the use of firearms are causing increasing concern. Twenty-seven countries reported a recent incident serious enough to raise public concern over firearms or focus government attention on the issue.

    It was acknowledged by many speakers that there were legitimate reasons for the use of firearms, such as target practice, hunting and control of predatory animals, and that cultural, historical and legal traditions governed the use of firearms from country to country.

    The delegate of the United Kingdom said that following last year's massacre at Dunblane Primary School, new legislative controls on handguns had been introduced and further measures were envisaged. The Australian delegate spoke of the speed with which a national agreement had been concluded on effective firearm regulation in the wake of the shooting deaths of 35 people in Port Arthur last year.

    Several delegates called for the harmonizing of national legislations to allow more effective action on the international level. The United States, said that such an exercise would be "impractical, expensive, time-consuming and dangerous". What was required, said the speaker, was a strengthening of international cooperation and improvements in training for those involved in firearm control.

    Japan announced a further contribution of $140,000 to the project

    Under a text on firearm regulation, the Commission took note of the findings in the draft "United Nations International Study on Firearm Regulation" and urged States to consider regulatory approaches that would include regulations relating to firearm safety and storage; appropriate penalties and/or administrative sanctions for offenses involving the misuse of firearms; mitigation of or exemption from, criminal responsibility, amnesty or similar programmes to encourage citizens to surrender illegal, unsafe or unwanted firearms; a licensing system, including the licensing of firearm businesses and a record-keeping system.

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    UN Urged to Act Against Small Arms
    By Charles J. Hanley

    AP Special Correspondent
    Thursday, September 18, 1997; 6:27 p.m. EDT

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    UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The United Nations should help reduce the ''excessive accumulation'' of guns in the world and convene a global conference to fight small-arms trafficking, a U.N. panel recommends.

    Such a conference could prepare a treaty controlling the international trade.

    The U.S. National Rifle Association quickly criticized the report, saying it was not a ''proper subject area'' for the world organization. But one panel member described it as only a first step.

    The still-unpublished document, a copy of which was obtained by The Associated Press, will be submitted for approval to the 1997-98 General Assembly session, which opened Tuesday. It is the product of a year's work by the Panel of Governmental Experts on Small Arms, comprising representatives of 16 nations.

    ''This report recommends a set of practical measures to reduce the weapons already in circulation and to prevent future accumulations,'' U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan says in a foreword urging endorsement.

    The General Assembly ordered the U.N. study in 1995 to investigate ways ''to prevent and reduce the excessive and destabilizing accumulation and transfer of small arms and light weapons.''

    Among other things, the report recommends that the United Nations:

    --Support, possibly through peacekeeping troops, the destruction of small arms left over once conflicts are settled.

    --Study the feasibility of high-tech ''marking'' of weapons from the time of manufacture, so they can be more easily traced.

    --Study the possibility of restricting production and trade of small arms to manufacturers and dealers authorized by states, and establishing a global database of licensees.

    The General Assembly is powerless to control the international arms trade. But Japan is seeking support for an assembly resolution authorizing a global conference, as the report recommends, on the illicit trade in small arms. Specialists estimate half the global gun trade is illegal.

    Such a conference might work on a multilateral treaty setting standards, for the first time, on such things as weapon types and numbers in international commerce.

    The Japanese, whose criminal gangs use guns smuggled from China and the United States, supported the panel with a $200,000 grant, enabling it to conduct workshops in southern Africa, Central America and south Asia, regions where flows of assault rifles and other light weapons have fed local conflicts.

    ''For us, small arms is something like the drug problem because we need to cut the supply to have an effect on society,'' said panel member Prasad Kariyawasam, a diplomat from Sri Lanka, where an insurgency thrives on weapons smuggled from abroad.

    ''The report is a first step,'' Kariyawasam said. ''If the international community can agree on convening a global conference, it will surely make headway on this.''

    But the anti-gun control NRA said the international community has already gone too far.

    ''The U.N. shouldn't get involved in what we consider local issues properly left in the purview of sovereign states,'' said the NRA's Tom Mason, who appeared before the panel at one session. He said the proposals would ''in the long run probably impact legitimate users of firearms.''

    But Washington's representative on the panel said the recommendations would not affect law-abiding Americans. ''There's nothing in this report that threatens any U.S. interests or law,'' said Herbert Calhoun, of the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency.

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    OAS Convention Against Illicit Firearms Trafficking

    THE WHITE HOUSE
    Office of the Press Secretary
    ____________________________________________
    For Immediate Release
    November 14, 1997/

    FACT SHEET

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    The United States and its partners in the Organization of American States today signed the Inter-American Convention Against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, the first international agreement designed to prevent, combat, and eradicate illegal trafficking in firearms, ammunition, and explosives.

    The Convention will make the citizens of the hemisphere safer by helping to shut down the gray and black arms markets that fuel the violence associated with drug trafficking, terrorism, and international organized crime. The initiative responds to President Clinton's call to the international community three years ago at the United Nations, and is part of the Administration's broader efforts -- with our partners in the Summit of the Eight and through independent steps -- to address this serious transnational danger.

    Initially proposed by Mexico and negotiated in the last seven months, the Convention is an outstanding example of the contribution that the OAS is making to the security of our hemisphere.

    While strengthening our ability to eradicate illicit arms trafficking, this agreement protects the legal trade in firearms, and does not discourage or diminish the lawful ownership and use of firearms.

    Key Provisions of the Convention

    Export, Import, and Transit Licenses. To help ensure that arms are transferred to legitimate users, parties to the Convention are required to establish or maintain an effective licensing or authorization system for the export, import, and transit of firearms, ammunition, explosives, and other related materials. States may not permit firearms to be exported or transited across their borders without proper licensing from the receiving and in-transit countries.

    Marking of Firearms. To improve the ability to track down the sources of illegal firearms, parties to the Convention are obligated to require, at the time of manufacture, the marking of firearms with the name, place of manufacture, and serial number. Similar markings are required for imported firearms. U.S. manufacturers and importers currently follow this practice.

    Criminalization of Illicit Arms Production and Sales. Nations that have not already done so are required to adopt laws and regulations criminalizing the illicit manufacture of and trafficking in firearms, ammunition, explosives, and related materials.

    Information Exchange. Consistent with their national laws, parties will share information on legislative practices and other national measures to combat illicit trafficking; techniques used to combat money laundering related to illicit transfers; routes customarily used by criminal organizations engaged in illicit trafficking; and the means of concealment used and ways of detecting them.

    Law Enforcement and Regulatory Cooperation. Parties agree to cooperate with one another in the effort to eradicate arms trafficking through the establishment of a single point of contact that will act as the formal liaison among states.

    Technical Assistance and Training. States agree to cooperate to better ensure adequate training in such areas as identification and tracing; intelligence gathering; and detection methods and search protocols at borders.

    The Administration's Program Against Illicit Trafficking

    U.S. support for the OAS Convention is part of the Administration's broader effort to address the problem of illicit international firearms trafficking.

    Monitoring Exports. At the request of the President, the State and Treasury Departments have undertaken an intensified country-by-country review of applications for licenses to export firearms, ammunition, and explosives from the United States to ensure that exported weapons are not diverted to illicit purposes.

    OAS Model Regulations. The United States has worked with its OAS partners to produce Model Regulations governing the transfer of firearms. The Model Regulations to Control the Movement of Firearms, Ammunition, and Firearms Parts and Components, drafted by a group of experts of the OAS Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD), were agreed in Lima earlier this month. The President has directed the State Department to begin to implement these regulations immediately and to encourage regulatory and licensing authorities in other countries to do the same.

    Arms Brokering Legislation. The President has signed legislation amending the Arms Export Control Act to give the State Department greater authority to monitor and regulate the activities of arms brokers. The amendment closes a loophole in US law that had permitted brokers with US ties to act as middlemen for arms transactions conducted abroad, without being subject to US laws and regulations.

    Vigilance at Our Borders. To ensure the continued integrity of our borders, the Administration has made prevention of illegal arms trafficking a priority. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, and the U.S. Customs service have recently intensified their interdiction and investigative efforts at borders. The Attorney General has directed U.S. attorneys along the southwest border to begin a dedicated effort to prosecute traffickers, large and small, caught attempting to smuggle firearms across the border.

    Residency Requirements for Gun Purchasers. To contribute to the safety of citizens on both sides of our southern border, the President announced earlier this year that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms will tighten up the residency requirements for aliens purchasing firearms from dealers in the United States. Regulations have been issued requiring aliens to prove they have been residents for at least 90 days in the state where they are trying to buy a gun.

    International Cooperation. The United States is working with its partners in the Group of Eight and through the UN Crime Commission to expand cooperation on combating illicit arms trafficking.


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