NRA to UN: Don't Regulate US Arms Ownership

By Staff | July 15, 2011 | 1:44 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The National Rifle Association is telling the U.N. not to prohibit or regulate U.S. civilian ownership of guns as it drafts a treaty regulating the multibillion-dollar global arms trade.

The influential gun owners' lobbying group said in a statement released Friday that its vice president Wayne LaPierre addressed this week's meeting of countries negotiating the trade treaty for conventional arms.

French Ambassador Eric Dannon, who oversees disarmament issues for his country, says the countries will meet for another week in February before a final monthlong session next summer, when ratification is expected.

Dannon says the treaty aims to regulate the legal trade of conventional weapons by requiring countries to track arms exports and imports.