Downrange: May 2010
The National Shooting Sports Foundation has learned that the United Nations has filed its first firearms trace request. The move by the United Nations, which has long advocated for civilian disarmament, raised concerns from the NSSF. 'Firearms trace data is a law enforcement tool to help aid in specific criminal investigations,' said NSSF Senior Vice President and General Counsel Lawrence G. Keane. 'Our concerns with this trace request stem from UN-efforts to impose arms trade control treaties that would lead to a ban on the civilian possession and ownership of firearms, possibly even in the United States despite Second Amendment protections and the recent Supreme Court decision (Heller v. District of Columbia) reaffirming that Americans have an individual right to keep and bear arms.'