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SCI President to Address UN

Safari Club International's President will address the United Nations today to discuss the economic benefits of hunting in developing nations.


Safari Club International's (SCI) President Dr. Larry Rudolph will address the Fourth Biennial Meeting of States (BMS4) at the United Nations (UN) headquarters in New York today. His speech will focus on the vast economic benefits of hunting in developing nations, and will emphasize that an international regulatory climate that allows the continued private transportation of firearms is vital to those benefits.

This meeting is part of the follow-up process to the UN 2001 Conference on the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects, during which Member States adopted the Programme of Action on Small Arms and Light Weapons (PoA).

Anti-gun and anti-hunting groups saw the original PoA as a vehicle for gun bans, registration schemes and other sweeping proposals that would hinder the sport of hunting and our outdoor heritage. The United States, through the efforts of Ambassador John Bolton, forced the removal of provisions targeting privately-owned firearms from the PoA, and made it clear that the United States would not join consensus on any document that abridged its citizens' Second Amendment rights. The UN now holds "Biennial" meetings every two years to review the provisions of the PoA.

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