|As we rush headlong into the 21st
Century, there is a shadowy move afoot in the United Nations to
further control and eventually ban the international trade in
civilian firearms. These U.N. actions are not something new. They
have been in the works since the earliest days of the Clinton
Administration. Except for a few articles in the firearms-related
media, the whole process has been pretty much "below the
radar" to the vast majority of firearms enthusiasts in the
United States. The mainstream media, either by intent or omission,
has reported little on the progress of the global gun control
Unfortunately, progress it has. Funded by Japan, Canada and
Australia, the United Nations International Study on Firearms
Regulations has held a series of forums around the world to address
how to go about implementing a worldwide program of strict gun
control. The intent of these workshops was to aid attending member
nations in developing a set of principles on domestic gun controls.
Member nations were encouraged to adopt regulations such as
penalties for unsafe gun storage, gun misuse or illegal possession;
gun amnesties and/or gun buybacks; licensing of gun owners and
distributors; marking and registration of individual firearms and
information-sharing between member states.
To anyone who hasn't been living in a cave over the past couple
of years, it is plain to see that the Clinton Administration has
been following in lockstep with the U.N. guidelines on gun control.
These guidelines were developed and supported by vehement anti-gun
organizations from New Zealand, Britain and South Africa. The
British-American Security Information Council (BASIC) sent a
representative to several workshops, the Gun Control Network (UK),
Gun Free South Africa and the Coalition for Gun Control (Canada)
appeared at the European, African and American workshops.
Still, the news gets even worse. After a workshop in New Delhi,
India, unofficial reports indicated the attendees agreed on the
1. There is no right to possess a firearm.
2. There should be no free availability of firearms.
3. Legal firearms result in many, many deaths.
4. Gun availability must be reduced.
5. More forceful and stringent regulation of firearms is required.
Among the proposals on the table now is a worldwide requirement
for all nations to destroy ANY surplus military firearms, no matter
the type or year of manufacture and a ban on the civilian ownership
of ANY military-style weapon, including bolt actions, lever actions
and even single shots! Please keep in mind; these restrictions are
being considered for all U.N. members, including the United States.
If adopted, these restrictions would, in effect, kill the legal
trade in collectable military firearms!
Fortunately, there are groups standing up to the anti-gun
onslaught in the United Nations, even if our own government is not.
The National Rifle Association has been granted
"Non-Governmental Organization" (NGO) status by the U.N.
and has been able to directly influence the entire process. The
World Forum on the Future of Sport Shooting Activities (WFSA) is
another NGO that has been able to interact directly with the
committees making the decisions on the global regulation of
Despite the best efforts of the NRA, the WFSA and the many other
organizations involved in this battle, we face an uncertain future
without the help of our own government. There is a very good chance
that the United Nations will adopt some major restrictions on the
trade in all types of firearms, including sporting and collectable
firearms, in 2001, unless the U.S. government takes a stand against
the agenda. The only way we can ensure that will happen is to vote
U.N. Press release - Pacific Centre, Small Arms introduced in
First Committee, GA/DIS/3155, October 28, 1999.
U.N. Press release - Third Meeting of Focal Points of
Coordinating Action on Small Arms (CASA) Mechanism Concludes at
Headquarters, DC/2631, March 4, 1999.